ART ATTRACTION: Jessi Burnett with her wearable art design made in the Wearable Art Classes offered as part of SUNFest 2010.
ART ATTRACTION: Jessi Burnett with her wearable art design made in the Wearable Art Classes offered as part of SUNFest 2010. Contributed

SUNFest looks to youth for fresh ideas

SUMMER might be a few months away but plans have already started for another action-filled SUNfest.

Organisers of the annual youth holiday program have been beating the winter blues by busily preparing for a scorching summer of events to entertain the Gladstone region's youth.

With preparations now under way, organisers are calling on locals to have their say on who and what they would like to see as part of next year's event, and more importantly, where it will all take place.

Now is your chance to shape the event just the way you like it, with SUNfest 2011 expressions of interest being called for from participants, presenters, sponsors and venues.

SUNfest co-ordinator Kathy Andrew said SUNfest 2011 would be held across the Gladstone region from January 10 to 22, next year.

Since its initiation in 1998 thousands of local youth have been kept entertained during the summer school holidays courtesy of a huge program of artistic, sporting, cultural and leisure events.

SUNfest was introduced in response to a Gladstone City Council Youth Needs Study in 1997, with the inaugural event offering 40 diverse workshops and activities including a concert by Human Nature, cartooning with Ginger Meggs creator James Kemsley and a basketball clinic with the Rockhampton Rockets.

Those wanting to be on the mailing list for a SUNfest expression of interest pack can telephone SUNfest co-ordinator Kathy Andrew on 4972 5111.



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