Flourish Arts Festival aims to inspire creativity in the community with a huge array of performances and free workshops for children and adults in music, dance, drama, art, craft, creative writing and story-telling.
The family-friendly event, which takes to the Southport Broadwater Parklands on Saturday 5 September, promotes the benefits of art in all its forms in fostering belonging and happiness in people from all walks of life.
Initially created by Southport Uniting Church to connect families and communities through the arts, event organiser Dona Spencer said Flourish Arts Festival had grown each year to become a significant annual fixture for the broader community.
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“Flourish Arts Festival promotes the arts as a pathway for healing and growth for individuals, families and society more broadly,” Rev Spencer said.
“Art is a wonderful tool for therapeutic self-expression, and is something we can foster in children to allow them to reap its benefits throughout life.
“Through participation in the arts in all forms, whether through visual arts or performance, we foster valuable life skills such as stronger self-esteem, adaptability and goal setting, as well as a deeper understanding and appreciation of beauty.”
Gold Coast Councillor Dawn Crichlow said Flourish was a fine example of Southport residents using the Broadwater Parklands facilities as a base from which to strengthen community ties.
“The Flourish Arts Festival is a wonderful event promoting creativity that has the community at its heart,” Cr Crichlow said.
“I am very pleased to see the Broadwater Parklands provide the setting for such a valuable event that is also connecting our residents with important social services.”
Throughout the day, the Broadwater Parklands stage will host live performances from local dance groups, orchestras, bands and individuals at the Broadwater Parklands stage.
Artists will demonstrate and display their work at the Festival’s visual arts tent, while not-for-profit organisation such as Al-Anon and Destiny Rescue will host stalls.
Children can choose from a variety of arts and crafts workshops running throughout the day, including kite-making, beading, clay, origami and tie-dying, among others.
An event highlight is the popular art competition for primary and secondary school students which leads to an exhibition of winning works at the Anthea Polson Art Gallery at Fisherman’s Wharf, following the festival.
Art competition entrants are encouraged to be as imaginative as possible when creating around this year’s theme of “what a flourishing community means” to them. For more information and competition entry details please visit www.flourishartsfestival.com.