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Ignite Redlands - Light Arts Festival 2013

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Transforming Cleveland and providing access to art
Buskers, art demonstrations and displays, pavement chalk art workshops, a glow tent, live music, dancing and a young actors group, are all on the program for the Ignite Redlands -- Lights Arts Festival.

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Picture courtesy Ignite Redlands Facebook Page

The festival runs from Friday, June 14, 2013 until Sunday, June 16, 2013 in Cleveland in the Redlands.

Redland City Council Mayor Karen Williams describes the festival as unique and says that it "showcases local artists and performers and brings light and life" to the city centre.

Activities on Saturday, June 15, include a family sculpture activity, the Ignite Variety Show a trackless train, children's clay hand building pottery workshops and classic cars on display.

Artists Carly Kotynski and Karen Benjamin will run art workshops on Saturday and Sunday, which include the opportunity for people to build their own ephemeral huts and weave their own creations using natural fibres. Lesa Hepburn's workshops will involve creating smiling faces from paper fondue.

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Adorn, a woven copper artwork by Carly Kotynski

The Twilight Makers Market, which focuses on handmade arts and crafts will be on at Raby Bay Harbour Park on Saturday from 4pm. Stalls include people selling artwork, jewellery, eco art, fashion, floristry items, glass products, pottery, ceramics and other craft.

Another highlight of Saturday evening will be the Ignite Light Art Parade, which starts in Queen Street at 5pm and will include Q-Crew Quandamooka Hip Hop Dancers, Stradbroke Island's percussion drummers, juggling belly dancers, singing groups, and flash mobs. The procession will parade down Bloomfield Street and end at Raby Bay Harbour Park.

At 7pm on Saturday a live music event will include international performer Dimitri Kopanakis, the Redland Rhapsody Chorus, keyboard vocalist Ludy Sigrist, and others.

A youth music fest will be held in Penny Lane Park on Sunday from 3.30pm with Black Side Down as the headline act. Other performers include Sheldon College songwriter Joshua Kent, Raise the Bar, Tagline, Street Pieces, Enversity and Gravity Scam. Get more information about the Penny Lane Music Festival on the youth festival's own Facebook page.

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Black Side Down will perform on Sunday afternoon

In Raby Bay Harbour Park artists Sue Beyer and Caitlin Halsall will run glow-in-the-dark workshops in a 'glow tent' creating opportunities to play with lighting, shadows and reflections. People of all ages are able to do hand painting and glow paint workshops.

Sand art workshops for all ages will be on the go in Raby Bay Park, as well as the opportunity to print your own BYO t-shirt with screen printer Trevor Petersen.

Amongst the art on display is Dannis Prowse's glass art installation titled 'Laminart' which uses a newly developed glass technique. At the Cleveland Library's "In the Light Garden" installation, art work on display will include: a woven sculptural piece by Carly Kotynski, hand-made paper art by Lesa Hepburn, Richard Brandt's interactive clay sculptural light pieces, a suspended hand woven light fitting by Tricia Dobson, 'The Gladioli Farm' installation by Karen Benjamin and a mised media approach by Daniel Della Bosca.

Work by Carly Kotynski and Sue Beyer will be exhibited at Tania's Arthouse during the weekend.

The full program for the three day event is available on the Ignite Redlands website and you can keep up to date through the Ignite Redlands Facebook page.
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Why? Encouraging access to art for all, and showcasing artistic talent
Where: Cleveland Village
Cost: Most activities are free, but check the program for details
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