MUSIC gurus, art lovers, tourism leaders and politicians came together yesterday to officially launch the 2012 Tylagum Festival of Classical Music.
The festival celebrates its 21st anniversary this year, a huge milestone considering Arts NSW almost withdrew funding for the event altogether, saved only by local MPs.
Festival patron Margot Anthony addressed the audience as the unrivalled first lady of the arts for the Tweed region.
"There's something about Tyalgum that other festivals don't have," Mrs Anthony said.
In a major coup for Tweed music-lovers, the opening concert on Friday, September 7 will feature this year's first-prize winner of the Sydney International Piano Competition of Australia.
Tickets for the September 7-9 festival are on sale now but will sell out quickly.
Visit tyalgumfestival. com.au.