Thursday, January 12, 2017

Festival hits newsstands and roads

In January and February, the 2017 Festival of Glass will lift its local profile considerably – keep your eyes on the local newsstands and roadsides, folks!

In early January, eye-catching adverts for the 2017 Festival’s Treasure Hunt appeared in four local papers: the Bellarine/Surf Coast Times, the Echo, the Indy and the Voice. Another wave of colourful adverts – this time for the Festival as a whole – will appear in those four papers and in the Springdale Messenger in early February, together with a full-page advert in What’s On in Geelong. Finally, an advert for the Festival will appear in the Geelong Advertiser on 17 February – just two days before the Festival Expo.

Each of the four local papers has covered the Festival in the past and we hope that they will want to cover the 2017 Festival. After all, a Festival of Glass is full of light, colour and sparkle - a press photographer’s dream!

Enjoy our roadside signs – but drive safely, of course!

On the road, bright and colourful roadside signs are promoting the Festival – look out for the Festival’s distinctive logo – as well as the Festival’s Treasure Hunt, which runs until 19 February.

On the Geelong-Portarlington Road, a five-foot sign at the entry to Leura Park Estate alerts visitors (and sharp-eyed drivers!) to “Twilight Flames” - an evening with Venetian glass master David Penso on Saturday 18 February.

“Twilight Flames” will be the second collaboration between the Festival and Leura Park Estate: as part of the 2016 Festival, we staged a glass Masterclass with Mark Eliot and Peter Minson. That show sold out well in advance and the venue did us proud; and “Twilight Flames” looks set for similar success. Thanks once again to Leura Park Estate for their support.

Featured Festival sponsor – City of Greater Geelong (iii)

The City of Greater Geelong (CoGG) has created three online tools with which to supports and promote arts and culture in the region. First, its Arts Atlas (, offers a guide to arts-related activities. It includes a weekly Arts Bulletin offering a guide to arts-related news, while its Events Calendar lists artistic and cultural events in the region. The Festival of Glass features regularly in the Events Calendar – we’re there now!

Second, the Geelong Arts & Culture Trails app displays CoGG’s growing collection of public and street art, creative spaces, art studios and galleries. Finally, the council’s Connecting Memory app brings together musicians, writers and film makers in stories that explore the significance of local places to local people.” Connecting Memory tells 50 stories as it takes you along the 80km trail from the top of the You Yangs to the mouth of the Barwon River.

Featured Festival sponsor – Rotary Club of Drysdale (ii)              
P.O. Box 123, Drysdale 3222, Victoria
Meets: Mondays at 6:30 PM at Clifton Springs Golf Club, 92-94 Clearwater Drive, Clifton Springs, Victoria 3222.

Rotary is an international network that operates on three levels. The first level consists of the local clubs - like the Rotary Club of Drysdale – whose 1.2 million members want to exchange ideas, build relationships and take action. The next level is Rotary International, which coordinates global actions. Finally, the Rotary Foundation channels donations into projects by Rotarians and their partners, which include the United Nations and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

A major activity of the Rotary Club of Drysdale is its Easter Art Show. In its forty years, the Art Show has raised around $20,000 for local and international charities and community projects.

Rotary: Promoting excellence in the community
The Club’s commitment to promoting artistic excellence in the community has led it to sponsor the “Second Life” Glass Art Award at each year’s Festival of Glass. The Award is for the best piece of glass art that recycles glass and that reflects Rotary’s theme for the year.

"Light of Medusa"
In 2015, the theme was “Light Up the World” and the inaugural “Second Life” Award went to David Hobday for his piece, “Light of Medusa”. In 2016, Rotary’s theme was “Gift to the World” and the Award went once again to David Hobday. The theme for 2017 is “Serving Humanity”; guess who’s hoping for a hat trick!

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