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ArtBeat skips date

DENISE PIPER
Last updated 12:24 15/11/2012
Juanita Cleaver
DENISE PIPER
ROSY OUTLOOK: New event co-ordinator Juanita Cleaver is looking forward to ArtBeat – the Big Picnic bringing life to the Cafler Park rose gardens in February.

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The beat will still go on for ArtBeat, even though the date of the free interactive arts festival has been moved.

ArtBeat has been held in November for 15 years and has become a much-loved community event, but this time it will be held in February instead.

Juanita Cleaver, who is the new co-ordinator of the event, says the date has been changed for better weather, so the event can be part of the Endless Summer Festival and doesn't clash with the Canopy Bridge Market Artisans Fairs.

ArtBeat - the Big Picnic is scheduled for February 16. As usual it will be held in Cafler Park from 10am to 4pm.

Juanita says the idea is for families to bring a blanket, bring their own food or perhaps purchase some from the food stalls, and stay a while.

The day will focus on interactive experiences - chalk art, weaving and a potters' wheel; and canvas and paint will be available for people to create their own masterpieces.

A huge mural will also be created from public contributions.

For kids there will be a fairy grotto, treasure hunts and storytellers.

Juanita says there will also be entertainment all day, with a big stage and roving performers.

To enable the event to be free, many of the artists and entertainers are getting involved for a koha, she says.

Charitable grants and sponsorship from local businesses also help with the day, she says.

Any artists or businesses who want to be involved can contact Juanita on 430 0710.

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