Thursday, 2 July 2020
Boonah arts festival to go ahead

Many Fassifern locals have rekindled or unearthed newfound creative pursuits during COVID-19 restrictions and are now encouraged to share those with the community. 

Competition details for the 2020 Ritchies Boonah Arts Festival (September 5 to 12) have been released and feature two new categories for first-timers - any budding artist, sculptor, writer, poet or designer over 16 years of age who hasn’t entered any competition before. 

Thousands of dollars in prize money is on offer across the three main competitions: art, writing and fashion.

Festival President Clive Beaton says giving everyone, from seasoned artists to amateur wordsmiths and particularly first-timers, the chance to publish, hang or display their creative works in a supportive environment is at the heart of the Festival. 

“Whatever medium you choose to express yourself, whether that’s canvas, through the camera lens, ceramics, textiles or the almighty pen or keyboard, we want you to share that with your friends and family in Boonah and district,” Clive said. 

“The Festival is less about competition and more about community spirit so our first-timers category won’t be ranked.

“We’re lucky that much of the Festival program has been unaffected by COVID-19 and with some simple modifications we are full steam ahead for September.” 

Entry is free for school age children and other entry fees have been kept to a minimal thanks to support from Ritchies IGA and the Scenic Rim Regional Council to ensure it is an accessible and inclusive arts event.

There’s less than four months to go so now is the time to visit the website to enter on line or peruse all the categories and decide on which ones are for you. Printed entry forms will be available from Ritchies IGA. 

• Art Awards: Paint, Works on Paper, Mixed Media, Photography, 3D, High School, Primary School, First Timer. 

• Fashion Awards: Touch of Class, Revamped, Fictional Character, Wearable Art, Creative Kids. 

• Writing Awards: Short Story, 100-Word Story, Poetry, Bush Poetry, Short Story-High School, Short Story-Primary School, First Timer.