Celebrating nature and community

Published 6:00am 31 May 2024

Celebrating nature and community
Words by Nadia Chapman

The annual Redcliffe Floral and Art Festival returns to Clontarf for its seventh year, with an exciting new theme.

This year’s theme is bright and colourful ‘celebrations.’

Organiser Liz Peters says the free community event celebrates the beauty of art, flowers and music.

“The fresh floral displays and installations will feature weddings, birthdays, Christmas, Easter, Halloween and Valentine’s Day, joyous and fun celebrations with which everyone is familiar,” she says.

“This year there are daily floristry and flower arranging demonstrations at 11am each day.

“This will give you the opportunity to see how you can get the most out of a bunch of flowers, greenery in your garden, different containers to use, along with handy hints.

There will be some new features to look forward to this year.

“New this year, is a terrarium workshop and demonstrations on how to tie knots to make hanging macrame pots. There is also a large plant stall to entice the gardeners out there,” Liz says.

“Live music is a big part of this festival with performances by Bits and Pieces Band back by popular demand all day Friday.”

Northside Concert Orchestra and the Redcliffe Scottish Pipe Band, among others, will perform on Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

“The Collins organ, of which there are only two in Australia, will be played on Sunday afternoon with all sorts of happy go lucky melodies for your enjoyment,” Liz says.

Liz says her favourite part about hosting this event is being able to offer a free space for visitors and stallholders, musicians and artists.

“I love the fact that this is a free community event not only as a visitor but also a free exhibition space for all artists whether emerging or established,” she says.

“(It’s also a free) performance space to encourage younger musicians to gain the confidence to enjoy an audience and that there are floral displays and gardening experiences for all.

“It’s amazing how this festival has grown over the last seven years with the support of local enthusiasts.”

Head along

When: Friday, June 14 and Saturday, June 15, from 10am-4pm | Sunday, June 16, from 11am-4pm

Where: St Peter the Fisherman Anglican Church | 13 Lucinda St, Clontarf

Cost: Free

For more information, visit the Facebook page.

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