Riverlights workshop begin July 19

FLOTILLA: Riverlights lanterns usher in the night and the first Granite Town festival in October, 2014. Workshops begin this month to build lanterns for the 2015 flotilla, to be launched on October 30.                                 Picture: HEIDE SMITH

FLOTILLA: Riverlights lanterns usher in the night and the first Granite Town festival in October, 2014. Workshops begin this month to build lanterns for the 2015 flotilla, to be launched on October 30. Picture: HEIDE SMITH

RIVERLIGHTS organisers are ready to light up your imagination at twice-weekly workshops, in the lead-up to the Granite Town festival opening in October.

Lantern workshops begin on July 19 and will be held every Sunday and Wednesday during that period, from 10am to 2pm.

On the evening of October 30, a flotilla of creations forged at the workshops will be launched on Moruya River to officially open the three-day festival of music and food.

A welcome is extended to the public to help design and build floating lanterns in the Riverlights shed at Bay Removals, at 1633 Princes Hwy, north of Moruya.

An information session will be held on July 16, at 5pm, at Moruya Golf Club.

Organiser Danielle Williams said the workshop would share some secrets.

“We’ll be revealing and discussing many of the designs for 2015 and showing everyone how to work with the materials,” Danielle said.

“Not to worry if you can’t make that session - there will also be a lot of learning on the job.

“We have had enormous interest from artists, art groups, community groups, schools and individuals to design lanterns and we’re now calling for all interested people to come along to open workshops and help in the construction of these giant sculptures of light.

“Come once, or come every session - it’s up to you - but you will be most welcome!

“We will be providing tea/coffee/bickies but encourage everyone to bring their own lunch and bottle of water.

“Please wear old clothes and bring your own pruning shears and hot-glue-gun if you have one.”

Ms Williams hopes participants will make small donations.

“We would greatly appreciate a gold coin donation per participant, per workshop session - and any other form of sponsorship you or your business might be able to manage would be gladly accepted,” Ms Williams said.  

“All materials have been purchased and provided by Granite Town and the team is committed to providing a quality community artistic event free of charge to the public.

“However, the biodegradable materials used to make these lanterns are not free and any help you can provide would be valued enormously.”

Last year’s event drew thousands to Riverside Park as the flotilla was launched near the Moruya River Bridge.

“If the numbers from last year are anything to go by, you can expect to see several thousand people enjoying the sight,” Ms Williams said.

“We are planning a dedicated zone for anyone with mobility issues to have better access to the site.” 

Contact Ms Williams at dan@redhousechocs.com or on 0429 997 177 for details.

Granite Town tickets are on sale at www.granite

town.com.au or Firefly Interiors, Vulcan Street, Moruya.

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