Busy week with SUNfest, winners reveal and entries opening

ARTICLES & IMAGES: SUNfest 2013 participants (back) Casey Keogh, Betsy Milne, (front) Lochlan Niven and Mitchell Giles-Duffy gain new skills in Commedia del Arte with IZIT? Entertainment's Ben Cornfoot (centre), at St Stephens Lutheran College.
ARTICLES & IMAGES: SUNfest 2013 participants (back) Casey Keogh, Betsy Milne, (front) Lochlan Niven and Mitchell Giles-Duffy gain new skills in Commedia del Arte with IZIT? Entertainment's Ben Cornfoot (centre), at St Stephens Lutheran College. Contributed

YOUNG people across the Gladstone region spent two weeks gaining new skills in visual and performing arts, as well participating in sports and recreational opportunities during Gladstone Regional Council's premier youth holiday program SUNfest 2013.

Clay target shooting, rock wall climbing, sand sculpting, surfing and kayaking were on the agenda as more than 1000 young people got busy across the region.

IZIT? Entertainment and Hoozatt? Events tutors have flash-mobbed in the Stockland Kin Kora Mall, danced up a storm and flexed their creative muscles during a huge range of performing arts opportunities.

The region's emerging comedian artists had the rare chance to discover Commedia del Arte during a five-day workshop with IZIT? Entertainment's Ben Cornfoot.

The participants spent time working with comic masks and had the opportunity to perform for an audience during the SUNfest Showcase, where they were challenged to work together as team developing skills in physical expression.

SUNfest 2013's IZIT? Entertainment Commedia del Arte was supported by the Gladstone Region Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF), a Queensland Government and Gladstone Regional Council partnership project to support local arts and culture.

For further information about the SUNfest program, contact Kathy Andrew at Gladstone Festival and Events on 49725111 or email

Winners revealed

BE SURE you have a seat at the Gladstone Marina stage on Saturday for the announcement of winners in the 2013 Celebrate Australia Primary School Art Competition.

The presentation will be held on the main stage during Gladstone Regional Council's 2013 Australia Day event from 4pm to 8pm and the prize-winning works will be reproduced as commemorative postcards to be given away during the event.

This is the seventh year of the competition, a community cultural initiative of the Gladstone Regional Council encouraging young artists to celebrate 'who and what' makes Australia great.

Check out all the entries on display at the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum until Thursday, February 28.

Get snapping

PHOTOGRAPHERS of the Gladstone region are encouraged to polish up their lenses and get snapping for the 2013 Intercity Images: Gladstone Saiki Photographic Exchange.

Entry forms are now available at the gallery/museum as well as offices, venues, libraries and website of the Gladstone Regional Council, calling for amateur and professional photographers of all ages to capture the essence of Central Queensland's characters, lifestyle and environment.

Intercity Images is an annual cultural exchange Sister City Saiki City, Japan and the competition is open to all residents of the Gladstone region.

Entries close at 5pm on Monday, March 18 and the exhibition of submitted entries will be held at the gallery/museum in conjunction with the 2013 Gladstone Harbour Festival.

Opening hours

The Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum is open from 10am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday.

It is at the corner of Goondoon and Bramston sts, Gladstone and admission is free.

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