Leading on from the Bellingen Readers & Writers Festival’s (BRWF) previous successes, Festival organisers have started planning for the next Festival to be held 6-8 June 2014.
“There has been such a positive response from the community about the Festival and there’s room to grow,” Brian Purcell said. “We have plans for more schools programs, literary competitions and opportunities for topical discourse, but to do this we need to raise funds in the lead up,” said Brian.
This is the sole purpose of presenting ‘Winter Tales – A Hot August Night’ at 7pm Saturday 10 August at the Bellingen Memorial Hall. It’s going to be a fun and memorable night with performances from poetry prize winners, three great bands and a screening of BRWF “women’s stories”. Raffle tickets are now being sold and will be drawn on the night. First prize is a return trip for two to Brisbane compliments of Brindabella Airlines and there is 16 more excellent prizes thanks to the kind generosity of local Bellingen business.
“The BRWF as an artistic pursuit is not about making profit,” Brian Purcell said. “It’s a Festival grounded in community enthusiasm, operated from occasional government arts grants, local business sponsors, ticket sales and many wonderful volunteers.“ “The weekend activities are a genuine cultural experience, but it has to be available to everyone, so the ticket price needs to be kept low,” said Brian. The BRWF is a chance to be inspired and entertained, to share ideas and challenge thinking, nobody wants to lose that“, Festival Production Manager Libby Feez said.
“The BRWF is affordable for the whole community and to attracts tourists to the region,” said Kaz Selbie the Festival’s Schools Program Coordinator and Communications Officer. “I see so many young people around me who need positive encouragement and a healthy outlet to freely express. Reading and writing is integral to communication and understanding, it’s a life skill. The BRWF Schools Program is a fantastic opportunity for fun interactive learning igniting imagination and expression. I would love to see more young people involved”, Kaz said.
Tickets to Winter Tales event and raffle can be bought online at
www.bellingenwritersfestival.com.au or at Waterfall Way Visitors Centre Bellingen or on the night or email Brian Purcell on firstname.lastname@example.org.