The acclaimed Ritchies Boonah Arts Festival gets underway on Saturday.
Presented by the Boonah and District Cultural Foundation and hundreds of volunteers, the sensational fortnight-long celebration includes street entertainment, competitions in art, performance, live theatre, writing, fashion, debate, and more.
Cultural foundation president Graeme Crouch said the arts festival showcased the region’s most creative people and many of the events were inexpensive.
He said it was held to develop culture and the arts in the Scenic Rim, to offer people opportunities and to make the region a better place to live.
“Research shows more people participate in the arts than sport,” he said.
“That’s a fact which surprises many people.
“People get a lot enjoyment out of reading, writing, movies, art, dancing and more.
“That’s why this such a great event.”
$8000 in prizes will be awarded this year across the three competition sections – writing, art and fashion.
Festivities kick-off with all of the glam and excitement of the Calico Fashion Awards from 7pm, which Mr Crouch said promised to be a festival highlight.
The evening will feature seven categories, including glamorous formal wear, children’s clothes, revamped creations and accessories.
An art exhibition of more than 100 paintings and sculptures is open each day until September 10.
The Great Comedy Debate promises an evening of agriculturally themed hilarity when the teams tackle the topic of “It’s Better to Grow Cabbages than Roses”.
Also speaking on the night are the winners of both the local primary and secondary schools public speaking competitions.
Fassifern Voices present two highly entertaining performances of ‘Philosophers and Philanderers’ exploring great, thought-provoking music ranging from Madrigals to Pink Floyd and The Eagles.
On September 8, Red Rim Combined Community Band, a combination of the Redlands and Boonah Community Bands have been so popular there has been no hesitation in asking them to combine again for a highly entertaining afternoon concert.
The Gala Awards night on Saturday evening will see the presentation of the art and writing awards, while Rob Davies will also demonstrate how to create musical instruments from junk and vegetables.
On Friday, September 14, the very popular Youth Showcase will be held from 6.30pm, involving some 70 children having a ball as they sing and dance their way through the program.
Bookings are essential for The Calico Fashion Awards, Philosophers and Philanderers and for the Youth Showcase.
All events are held at the Boonah Cultural Centre.
Tickets for all other events will be available at the door for a maximum price of $10..
The Boonah Arts festival is sponsored by Ritchies IGA.