Arts festival needs help Volunteers a great asset


THE co-ordinator of this year's Murwillumbah Festival of Performing Arts has called for more volunteers to help the event continue to run smoothly into its 75th year.

Arthur Holmes said yesterday the festival, which attracts participants from Brisbane and as far south as Port Macquarie, could benefit from volunteer help in all aspects of the event.

He is also hoping local businesses, many of which benefit from the thousands of visitors to the heart of Murwillumbah during the three weeks of the festival, may provide a new scholarship or become sponsors.

This year's 74th annual festival, which ran from June 19 to July 10, featured participants aged from four to wp years old.

"Everybody enjoyed it. We have a reputation of being the friendly festival," Mr Holmes said.

Business people in Murwillumbah, especially those in the hospitality field, had also mentioned the period was a wonderful one for them, with motels heavily booked.

Mr Holmes said a special awards concert would be held in Murwillumbah on August 25 where the major awards from the festival would be presented and a variety of entertainment covering the speech, drama, music and dance sections would be provided.

He said major award winners this year were:

Speech and drama: Katie Williams (with a subsidiary award for the most promising Tweed Valley competitor going to Xanthe Eppelstun).

Music: Alyssa Black (most promising Tweed Valley competitor Alison McKenzie).

Dance: Stephanie Cook (most promising Tweed Valley competitor Greta Brinsley).

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