Dunsborough host its annual Arts Festival this Long weekend, an event that attracted more than 7000 people last year.
The Arts Festival is free, beginning Friday night and running until Monday afternoon.
It includes Sculpture by the Bay with a $15,000 prize pool and a record 74 entries from as far afield as the Perth region, the Southern wheatbelt, the Great Southern and from artists throughout the Southwest. All sculptures entered will be on sale to the public.
Coordinator Jacquie Happ said 45 large sculptures would be exhibited along the main Dunsborough foreshore and the adjoining Seymour Park on Saturday and Sunday, with a further 29 entered for a new ‘small sculpture’ prize on show at the Christian Fletcher Gallery in Dunsborough’s main street, Dunn Bay Road.
Free weekend foreshore evening concerts feature jazz on Saturday night, and pop and rock on Sunday night will have bar and food facilities. Picnics are welcome, but no BYO alcohol.
A free foreshore screening on Friday night of the iconic Australian M15+ classified movie The Castle is a BYO picnic event. Other Festival activities include the popular Arts Market on Sunday with hand made products from artisans throughout WA.
Daytime activities include kite flying, belly dancing, day time music performances, suitcase circus, drumming workshops, sculpture talks, art sales from the Dunsborough Art Society and the annual X Factor competition for talented local youth.
The Dunsborough Arts Festival is organised entirely by volunteers from the Dunsborough Progress Association and community members.