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A celebration of regional arts in Queensland
Indigenous Performers. Image by Scenic Rim Regional Council

The Scenic Rim's largest art and cultural festival - Arts Ablaze - comes to the picturesque Kooralbyn Valley from the 2 to 6 October 2019.

Hosted by Scenic Rim Regional Council at the Ramada Resort, this exciting five-day celebration will welcome more than 500 innovators, creators and performers from around the globe.

Scenic Rim Mayor, Greg Christensen, proudly acknowledges the diverse cultural festival provides a platform for the local artistic community to prosper. "We're extremely proud of the multicultural diversity in our region and bringing an event of this calibre to the Scenic Rim will not only benefit the professional development of our local artists, but will also enhance the region's reputation as a destination for large-scale educational and artistic events," he said.

Local Creator Chris Trotter. Image by Scenic Rim Regional Council

The schedule showcases three days of conference-style events centred around: Transforming People, Place, Attitudes and Access.

Artistic highlights include projection works by Craig Walsh, performances by Goat Track Theatre Company, Opera Eagles Nest, The Music Doctors, Mzaza, The Ironing Maidens and 'First Nation projects' led by the local Mununjali community in collaboration with the cre8veunltd team.

Key panelists also include international Coralie Winn hailing from New Zealand plus Jeff and Julie Crabtree, authors of Living With A Creative Mind.

Fusion Band who will perform at Arts Ablaze. Image by Scenic Rim Regional Council

Complementing the conference schedule are two jam-packed days of weekend festivities open to the public, including bespoke adult artisan workshops consisting of bamboo flute making, blacksmithing, shibori dyeing, basketry, rug making, lino printing, puppet making, silversmithing, Aboriginal art, didgeridoo making, and limestone carving.

Performer Kacey. Image by Scenic Rim Regional Council

The complimentary weekend celebrations, open to the whole community include live music, roving performers, market stalls, culinary delights, fashion and a Be Healthy and Active Program to name a few.

Children are encouraged to participate in interactive creative workshops, such as 'Crazy Birds' and 'Junk Orchestra'.

Check out the full program of events and activities at www.artsablaze.com.au and start planning your visit. Registrations are still open for conference schedule events as well.

Performers Music Doctors. Image by Scenic Rim Regional Council

Event organisers encourage those travelling from outside of the Scenic Rim to enhance their journey to Kooralbyn by experiencing the wonderful landscapes, wineries, cafes and boutique accommodation en route. Click here to find out more.

For all the latest on Arts Ablaze, please see www.artsablaze.com.au

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When: 2 - 6 October, 2019
Where: Kooralbyn Valley
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