George Town on show

There will be a month long celebration at George Town in north east Tasmania which will come alive for the entire month of November, as part of its George Town On Show Festival. The 2002 George Town on Show Festival will have some 40 different events with highlights that include the Christmas Parade, the Birdman Rally, a Hospital Bed Race to raise funds for the local Hospital Auxiliary, and the Sculpture in the Cove project.

“Sculpture in the Cove is an arts project funded through the Commonwealth Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts’, Festivals Australia program,” said Council’s Community Development Officer, Leanne Hurst. “Six temporary installations by regional artists, themed on the festival and the natural and historical context of York Cove, will be on exhibit around the Cove’s walking track for ten days during the festival.”

Last year saw the inaugural George Town On Show Festival which was an eight day event. The Festival Committee, made up of community group representatives and Councillors, is hoping to build on the healthy attendances of more than 5, 500 in the first year to attract even larger numbers this year, particularly from outside the region.

“While the central aim of the festival is to foster community pride and generate positive exposure through the media, the Committee and the Council are also mindful of the role that such events can have in attracting visitors and, potentially, future residents to the area,” Leanne Hurst said. “For this reason, Council makes a substantial investment of human and financial resources for festival promotion. If the interest generated through the inaugural event, and the early signs for the 2002 George Town On Show Festival are any indicator, the Committee is well on track to achieve its aims.”

For further information, contact Leanne Hurst on (03) 6382 1211.