The heat is on in performing arts competition

The first heats in the FESTIV ARTY performing arts competition are being held this weekend in the lead up to Collie’s biggest arty party, now in its 28th year.

The first heat featuring vocal and instrumental performers is being held 10am-4pm on Saturday at the Collie Senior High School Performing Arts Centre. The second heat sees dancers perform at the same time and place on Sunday.

Winners from these heats will progress to the performing arts Grand Final Gala, being held 20 September as part of the 10-day FESTIV ARTY extravaganza.

This year’s festival theme is History and Mystery, with a fabulous range of fun activities from the magical to the mystical.

Visiting experts will appraise and value your treasures at the two-day Coalfields Museum Antiques Roadshow on 15-16 September.

Spend a Night at the Museum on 20 September and enjoy old-time music and entertaining stories accompanied by wine and cheese.

Rug up and explore the mysteries of the universe in a fun, family-friendly astronomy night on 18 September.

Step back in time to the roaring 1920s and help solve the Murder Mystery on the Collie Express on 15 September.

The highlight of the festival is the fabulous Street Fair on Sunday, 16 September, with lots of free entertainment for children and a celebration of all things arty and fun with a circus workshop and show, mini golf, live music, crafts and entertainment.

A massive art show spreads from the Collie Art Gallery to the Collie PCYC and is on show throughout the festival with more than 35 categories of entrants, including painting, photography, woodwork, sculpture and crafts.

The festival’s performing arts competition is back for its second year with winners from heats held in August progressing to the Grand Final Gala on 20 September to vie for the title of Grand Champion.

A range of arts and crafts workshops are being held throughout the 10-day festival, with strictly limited places.

The festival has plenty to offer for kids, with a Silent Disco for teens, a mystery to solve for younger children and an illustration workshop for kids of all ages.

The festival is held thanks to a dedicated band of tireless volunteers and the generous support of supports including the Collie Community Bank branch of the Bendigo Bank, Griffin Coal and the Shire of Collie.

FESTIV ARTY runs from 14 to 23 September, with full details at www.festivarty.com.