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Arts in the Olives Festival 2016

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by Marina Marangos (subscribe)
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I came across a festival called Arts in the Olives and I got very excited. This combines two of my favourite things; Art and a Mediterranean setting. Their website gave me what was happening but none of the background. So like any intrepid investigative journalist I went on a quest to find out more.

Art in the Olives
Art in the Olives

I have uncovered it all for you here. Heard of BADCAP? No, I didn't think so, but for all you out there, this is the parent of Arts in the Olives Festival, so well worth knowing about.

BADCAP stands for Beadesert and District Community Art Project and its main event, which apparently has been going since 2009, is their Festival ArtsintheOlives.

This takes place on Mother's day weekend and is the perfect outing for mums and tots, grandmothers and aunts and a few nieces. In fact why don't you bring the whole family because there is that much to do.

This takes place at Worendo Olive Groves, some 30 minutes away from Beaudesert. If you are planning a trip out that weekend, there are some very helpful directions on the website.

There are many art workshops on offer for the weekend but we are not just talking about watercolours and oils here. There are lots of specialties from blacksmithing to bead making, pottery and felting. You can learn how to make sculptures, wood carvings, bamboo flute making, jewellery making and gourd art.

On Sunday May 8th, Arts in the Olives Festival will feature the theme of "Stories and Stones" including indigenous arts workshops and storytelling.

Leeton Lee
Leeton Lee

The added joy is working outside where possible under the shade of the olive trees. Now doesn't that just sound like the perfect day!

There are different workshops offered over the two days at a cost of $30 for half a day with materials included. For some workshops the materials might attract an extra charge. If you want to see what is planned for both days go to (, email or phone 5541 4569 or 5544 8104 to book your place soon as workshops are filling up fast.

There is a very reasonable charge for the adult workshops but the children's workshops are free so you can explore your chosen art work while the kids are happily engaged exploring and learning about another art form. I have to commend the organisers for doing this as it takes time and effort to organise the workshops for the kids but they do it and offer them free because they actively want to engage with children and lead them down some creative paths. This way, while looking after the mums and dads they are also nurturing the artists of tomorrow. (Some of the children's workshops may have a small charge for the materials.)

Katie Raymont
Katie Raymont

This year apparently there will be a cooking class as well - offered by Canungra's Kate Raymont from Wild Lime Cooking school. She will be sharing some of her stories and creations from the Lost World, ( the Lost Valley which is not far from there) using local and wild food. Her workshops will be at 9 am and 1 pm. You will be supplied with the recipe and of course best of all be able to sample what comes out of the kitchen.

The festival also offers live music and showcases emerging local talent as well as hosting excellent food, wine tasting, and stalls selling beautiful hand made goods and local produce.

The stalls
The stalls

There is an $8 per person entry fee with a family pass of $25. Children under 5 are free. Note there are no EFTPOS facilities on site so that is something to bear in mind.

Sounds good doesn't it ,and not that far, so have a think about the workshops and book away.
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Why? Open, creative and inclusive
When: 7th and 8th May 2016
Where: Worendo Olive Grove- see directions on website.
Cost: $8 pp, or $25 per family entry fee.
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It does sound like a perfect day enjoying new creative workshops.
by Jenny Rossiter (score: 3|4067) 1141 days ago
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