Claremont Town Centre to host ART TRA Festival

Claremont Town Centre to host ART TRA Festival

CLAREMONT’S streets will soon be overtaken by aerial performers, mimes, a sea container art gallery, fashion parade and street performers.

The Claremont Town Centre will be hosting its annual ART TRA festival, starting on Friday.

Claremont Mayor Jock Barker said the festival, which is now in its third year, aims to create “local community participation, to increase economic activation, to connect all members of the community, and to create a fun and vibrant atmosphere that the community can take pride in.”

Over 15,000 people are expected to attend the festival as it runs from Friday until Sunday, April 2.

Alda Ninasivinche from Elle Et Lui said the Claremont business community has come together in the Claremont Town Centre collective to “paint the town red” for ART TRA.

“Each individual business is doing their own events and window displays,” she said.

Samantha Monteiro from Elle Et Lui said the different businesses are contributing “in a way that matches who they are”.

“Each event and window display is unique and relevant… ART TRA is bringing the public to Claremont and creating a community environment. A lot of the businesses that are involved are contributing towards the main events in terms of gift bags,” she said.

Ms Ninasivinche said Saturday night’s “STM Renaissance Runway” will showcase the products of the Claremont fashion businesses.

“There are businesses giving away travel vouchers and food vouchers if they’re not related to fashion,” she added.

“The festival brings all aspects of the Claremont community together. Avion Your Way is a youth event designed by under 18s for under 18s,” she said.

Art Contained will feature 10 shipping containers in which artists will be working to create art work.

Daniel Goodsell of Billie H said the business is “new to the village” and ART TRA “has been a great way to engage and get amongst the community”.

Other attractions include the “Official Launch: Sky Arts”, “Gaia Golf”, and various satellite activities taking place throughout the streets of the ART TRA weekend.

The festival is “a weekend of experiential art for all ages and abilities”.

Programs are available from Claremont Town Centre businesses, or the festival’s schedule can be found online at