Warwick region to host hip music, arts festival
A STELLAR line-up of performers will soon hit the Southern Downs when the Manifest music festival makes its way back to the region.
From September 23 to 25, the three-day camping fest of bands, food, art, performers, workshops and sustainability will be held at Cherrabah Resort, just outside Warwick.
Events manager Renan Inal said Manifest was giving the people of Warwick and the whole region something new and a little bit outside the box.
"This time around we'll be presenting world-class acts such as Blockhead (US), Ed Solo (UK), Astronomy Class (Australia) and Brisbane's very own home-grown talent, Tom Thumb," he said.
"As well as that we'll be presenting magicians, comedians, contortionists, street artists, dancers, live bands, solo acts, stilt walkers, puppeteers and performances from all walks of life.
"You'll also want to see Redstar's Circus production - a 45-minute theatre production with aerial hoops and silks, fire performers, acrobats and dance, that coincides with a Future Fancy Dress Party."
Aside from having over 100 musical acts lined up over the three days, this year Manifest will also include The Conscious Nest, curated by Brooke Walters, which has three days of educational and lifestyle workshops, yoga sessions and interactive programming.
"We're even bringing in a sustainability expert from Glastonbury who will help to implement an international greener festival award rating," he said.
"This is really serious to us. Before the festival we're holding a week-long intensive permaculture workshop including guest speakers and we'll be learning all about bush tucker, horticulture, sustainable farming and intentional planting.
"We're also going to plant one sapling for every ticket sold."
The festival will also feature over 50 arts and crafts market stalls, food trucks and hand-selected vendors.
On a local level, Manifest is working towards a three-year plan, buying infrastructure to upgrade the property while sourcing as much equipment, produce and infrastructure as possible from the Warwick area.
Mr Inal also said local associations like the rural fire brigade would be on site, running stalls and raising funds.
"Last time we had the Redbacks running a store and we also donated proceeds from ice sales to Allora Men's Shed," he said.
Tickets are available at http://www.manifestqld.com.