Big plans to build on festival’s success

Phillip Walley-Stack entertains the crowd.
Phillip Walley-Stack entertains the crowd.

A week of Naidoc-related celebrations, which included sculpture workshops, art exhibitions and Bibbulman Track bushwalks and tours, concluded with the festival held in conjunction with the Kalamunda Farmers Markets on July 1.

Organisers said the finale drew a crowd of thousands.

One of the major attractions of the festival was 30 pieces of artwork created by local artists along the Bibbulman Track.

All we Need Is Right Here executive officer Ken Allen, who co-ordinated the exhibition, said he hoped to make it bigger and better. ‘We hope to build it up next year,’ he said.

‘We are hoping that we could have something like Sculpture by the Sea, but instead make it Sculpture in the Bush.

‘The idea was to make sculptures out of things from the bush and they would stay there after the festival ended to be part of the bush again.

‘I’m sure some of them have degraded by now but some may even still be there next year.’

Mr Allen said the festival was very Kalamunda, very local. ‘It was our first one and I think we hit the nail on the head,’ he said.

Shire President Sue Bilich said the event came together in spectacular fashion.