Australia’s largest outdoor painting event is kicking off a month-long artistic celebration in Mandurah.
Riding the wave of the Giants’ success, Mandurah Arts Festival is set to consolidate the region’s position as a cultural destination.
The Plein Air Down Under Outdoor Painting Festival will lead the festival, where more than 200 local and international artists will bring their canvases to life throughout the city centre, cultural precinct and Pinjarra.
Another highlight will be the Music Under the Bridge event on October 21 featuring the WA Opera performing under Mandurah Bridge.
Other events include a comedy gala, children’s performances, theatre, sound art, exhibitions, community concerts, speed dating art and workshops.
Mayor Rhys Williams said the festival from September 22 to October 22 would have a new format.
“Our community has been at the forefront in creating an exciting new direction for arts and culture in Mandurah that is not about any one feature event but rather a tapestry of enriching and unexpected opportunities that forge connections, enrich lives and attract visitors,” he said.
“We kicked off this new approach with the awesome Giants of Mandurah exhibition, which has well and truly cemented Mandurah’s position as a city of art and culture and has set the tone for how we want to grow into the future.”
It comes as Mandurah was named Australia’s Top Tourism Town at the national Top Tourism Town Awards in Canberra on September 14.
Mr Williams said the Giants had surpassed their “wildest expectations in terms of tourism, visitation and how the community has embraced them as part of Mandurah’s story”.
“Building on the incredible momentum created by the Giants, this year’s Mandurah Arts Festival further celebrates local arts, culture and creativity and encourages locals and visitors to take in those unexpected moments of awe, wonder and joy,” he said.
More details at mandurahartsfestival.com.au.
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