Support the talented creative sector of Port Macquarie-Hastings this Christmas | Port Macquarie News

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The community is invited to dig deep and support the arts and entertainment industry this Christmas after 24 difficult months for the industry. Port Macquarie-Hastings Council says it’s time to turn our attention to supporting the highly trained and talented creatives who are making their return as our region safely begins to emerge from the restrictions imposed by COVID. The cultural and creative sectors have been among the most affected by the pandemic, according to the political response of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development to the coronavirus. Artist Mel Stewart felt the impact of the pandemic when closures hit, markets closed and the ArtWalk cultural arts event was postponed. Ms. Stewart also encourages people to support the creative sector. “I think all kinds of arts uplift the spirit and only bring joy to the soul,” she said. Ms. Stewart, who creates her work using acrylic paint on stretched canvas, is eager to showcase her paintings in the Art and Mixed Media Sculpture exhibition curated by Mel’s Art and Dragonfly Wire. The exhibition January 15-17 at CWA Hall in Horton Street will feature the works of Ms. Stewart in addition to those of Dragonfly Wire. It comes at a time when the cultural sector is rebuilding. Venue-based sectors, such as museums, performing arts, live music, festivals and film have been hit hardest by social distancing, and the sharp drop in income has put financial sustainability at risk. To welcome these industries once again from their COVID hiatus, the council offers an exclusive preview of Connecting the Dots – an exciting bespoke sound and light installation aimed at shining a light on the arts and entertainment industry in the run-up to Christmas and of the 2022 Council Gala ArtWalk event. ArtWalk has become the iconic cultural arts event in Port Macquarie-Hastings with exhibits, activations, illuminations, live performances, artist markets, workshops, creative installations and more. The hugely popular Wakulda and Christmas Bell productions will also be making a comeback. The group’s economic and cultural development manager, Liesa Davies, said the time had come to reenter the community and support the local arts and entertainment industry. She said visitors and locals alike will be captivated by the creativity and vibrancy of our destination over the next six months, with notable performances from talented names such as Mel Streater, Josh Moses, James Bennett and the husband and wife duo. Gordon Gamsby and Lucy Gamsby-Frost. “These people will tell the important stories of Port Macquarie-Hastings and entertain visitors from all walks of life,” said Ms. Davies. “It will be such a welcome spectacle to see our community come together to celebrate and support the locals, either by attending Connecting the Dots, attending a live show, attending a concert, buying art or by attending a workshop. ”Your support, big or small, will help revive Port Macquarie-Hastings’ reputation as an important breeding ground and support for creative talent. tourist attractions, which are driving the regional economic recovery of New South Wales after COVID-19. “ArtWalk also creates a regional arts and culture legacy for local artists and emerging talent that will continue to enrich the culture of Port Macquarie, encouraging thousands more visitors to stay longer and spend more,” he said. she declared. Our reporters work hard to provide local and up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content: Bookmark our website Make sure you’ve signed up for our last minute and regular newsletters You can support us with a subscription Follow us on Twitter: @portmacnews Follow- us on Instagram: @portmacnews Follow us on Google News


James C. Tibbs