George Ross, 2 with sister Penelope, 5.
George Ross, 2 with sister Penelope, 5.

BAM back bigger than ever

GOOD tunes, delicious food and beautiful market stalls were aplenty at the first Beach Arts and Music event for the year last Saturday.

After being postponed for a month BAM is back better than ever.

Bad conditions following the January floods meant the festival could not debut for the year in March. But that certainly did not hinder the turnout on Saturday.

Locals embraced the contagious laidback vibes for a well spent afternoon.

BAM stall co-ordinator Cecily Burkett spoke highly of the family friendly event.

"It's just fabulous," she said. "I think people really missed BAM.

"Even though the weather wasn't too kind at the beginning, we've had a really great response."

The first BAM was held in May, 2010. Since then, it has become popular and a well-known event within the region.

"It was a case of people wanting a family friendly alcohol free event," she said.

Ms Burkett said there would always be an ongoing demand for these types of events.

"We're very proud of BAM," she said. "With the beach as the back drop, that's really special."

A total of 58 stalls were sprawled across the esplanade while bands and artists entertained the crowds.

"BAM is exciting and vibrant. We aim for local products."

Stall owner Barbara Botha at BAM
Stall owner Barbara Botha at BAM Christopher Chan GLADV060413BAMM

Artist finds outlet for creative talents at markets

A LOVE for ethnic-style  accessories and clothing is enough to keep Barbara Botha busy. She juggles showcasing her stall at markets across the region with raising her five children.

Using artistic skills to create paintings, jewellery, clothing and even furniture has always been a passion for the mum.
"It's all quite ethnic. I'm not your classic corporate clothing."

She began to sell her products at the Agnes Water markets just 18 months ago. She was unaware of the cancellation of last month's event, since she only recently heard of BAM.

"This is the first time I've been here. I found out from my daughter's boyfriend. I'll definitely be coming back."
Last Wednesday she organised a spot for her stall at the monthly event.

For anyone considering having their own market stall, she said it was not difficultin the slightest. "Just go to a couple of markets and think of what is missing and just go along with it."

BAM will be held next on May 11 at the Tannum Sands Millennium Esplanade.

 



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