Art in the Olives festival celebrates 10th anniversary

Artwork on display at Arts in the Olives festival.
Artwork on display at Arts in the Olives festival.

ONE of Scenic Rim’s most popular festivals celebrated a decade of creativity on the weekend, bringing back popular workshops and rolling out the best music lineup in its history.

Held at the Lost World Valley, the Arts in the Olives festival attracted about 2000 people who enjoyed art, food and music on Sunday, May 14.

The event focused on learning new skills, admiring creativity and enjoying sights, sounds and tastes within the region.

Guests were able to choose from 21 different workshops to participate in, including blacksmithing, flute-making, painting and sculpting.

Brisbane-band the Fergies took the stage along with local entertainers such as A-Choired Taste and Zest.

Beaudesert and District Community Arts Projects (BADCAP) president Andy Grodecki said there was a great vibe at the festival with several workshops, food stalls and entertainers.

“The atmosphere was incredible and there was never a dull moment,” he said.

“We heard from many people on the day that this year has had the best music program so far.

“A big hit was also the free children’s workshops like the jungle orchestra where children were playing with drums so there was a sort of rhythm going all day.”

Mr Grodecki said despite a light shower, the rain did not dampen the enthusiasm of visitors who attended.

“Our numbers were slightly lower than previous years, possibly due to the torrential rain in both Brisbane and the Gold Coast, but locals came out in full force to support what has become one of the Scenic Rim’s most popular festivals.”

Mr Grodecki said he and other organisers brought back workshops that were popular in previous years to mark Arts in the Olive’s 10th anniversary.

He said he was pleased to see the festival which began in 2007 has significantly grown over the years.

“When BADCAP formed, our purpose was to support community art and Arts in the Olives festival was the perfect way to get everyone together,” he said.

“One of our greatest achievements was also our first sculpture symposium so we hope to do another down the track.”

Mr Grodecki said the money raised from the event would go towards public art.

The successful festival did not go without any challenges as volunteers spent weeks prior to the event cleaning up the mud, dirt and gravel left at the venue due to the floods.

The property owners, volunteers and BADCAP members spent several hours cleaning and restoring a small bridge that was washed down the creek in preparation for the event.