A performer in action at the closing ceremony of the Peace Festival last year.
A performer in action at the closing ceremony of the Peace Festival last year.

2011 Peace Fest to be condensed

NEXT year’s Peace Festival will be condensed into four days instead of the usual 10-day affair.

Director Ruth Power said it was all part of trying to make the festival more accessible to people from outside of Warwick.

Last year’s Peace Festival, the third held, was hugely successful. Mrs Power also said it would make the volunteer-run festival easier to put together each year.

Nonetheless, while the Peace Festival will just be held across the four days from April 29 to May 2, Mrs Power said other events run either side of those dates or even other times of the year could still come under the Peace Festival banner.

“It spreads the organisational load over time, it allows our local participants more time to enjoy events and it makes it clear to tourists that this is the weekend to be in Warwick,” she said.

The decision was made after a well-attended public meeting from a good cross-section of the community, Mrs Power said.

The 2011 theme for the Peace Festival will be Everybody Counts, and while it does not officially kick off until April next year; events have already started – including craft workshops.

Mrs Power said the program for the 2011 festival should be finalised by about October and the organising team was still open to ideas and suggestions for new events.

However she said they were more on the hunt for volunteers to help organise all of the events.

“The ideas just keep coming ... we’re now more looking for people that want to help,” she said.

The popular Peace in the Park will still be held on the banks of the Condamine River.



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