Thank you to all who attended and took part in our 5th 'in the West' festival, celebrating world culture in within Australia.
Our jam packed program included these highlights:
Friday evening - the big game with Aussie Sporting Legend
Big-hearted, hairy, macho, lippy, star right-arm fast bowler Merv Hughes (Fruitfly) was on hand at the MCG (McAlister Cricket Ground) for our 'international' 20/20 match. Splattered with plenty of bollywood dance and razamataz, food, drink and Merv's mischievous sense of humour.
12noon The Float Parade - made it's passage from McCann Park to 'The Magic of India' at Ron Crowe Oval. Family markets, music & dance from The Videsi Guys & Girls. Live Bands, Nic and the Mix, Denim Tuesday and The Millthumpers, celebrations included the firework spectacular - 'Himalayan Thunder'.
India met West Wyalong in a riot of colour and sound with The Maharanee of Buddigower (Suzie Newman). Bollywood and traditional indian dance plus Ravi and his Reptile Superstars.
The day started with Colour Run from the Sale Yards and continued with Combined Worship, Exhibitions and the Evening Wind-down - Hindu Festival of light (Laxma Puja).
'In the West' is organised by Events West Wyalong, join our membership and lend a helping hand, or follow us on facebook
The 2016 Art Prize is kindly hosted by Splatter Gallery, and sponsored by Bland Shire Council. Multi faceted prizes covered many spheres of artistic media.
The Aquisative Major $1000 in the West Prize (open to artists from the Bland Shire) was awarded this year to renouned sculptor Ralph Tickapae. website link
The 2015 $5000 prize for a Drawing on the theme 'Celebration of Greek Culture in Australia' was awarded to Heather Vallance from Canowindra NSW for her drawing 'Baclava and Philosophy at the Majestic Cafe'. (picured below)
The 'In the West' Photo competition/exhibition encouraged a host of fantastic photographs and is set to run again in 2017
This photographic competition/exhibition, explored the talents of local photographers (100km radius of West Wyalong) in many catagories. Digital manipulation was encouraged in several subject categories including the India in the West Theme with it's $300 Major Prize. A special thankyou to our judges....The 2016 prizes were awarded as follows:
1st Amanda Penfold “Mr Snail”
2nd Matilda Penfold “Skippy”
3rd Matilda Penfold “Cotton Kids”
8 to 12 Years:
1st Mia Pettit “Ocean”
2nd Alex Rees “Chimney”
3rd Alex Rees “Lego Helicopter”
13 to 17 Years:
1st Rebecca Cumming “Rainbow”
2nd Kasey Mullins “A giggle a day keeps the Glum’s Away”
3rd Rebecca Cumming “Rangel Feet”.
1st Amanda Stitt “Power of One”
2nd Lavinia Wilkinson “Muddy Puddles”
3rd Amanda Stitt “Natures jewellery”
Merit Amanda Stitt “Smoky Sunrise”
OPEN - Person/ People:
1st Lorraine Williams “Dags”
2nd Jason Hurley “Spare Change”
3rd Shirley Funnell “Saudi Man”
OPEN - Animal/Bird or Insect:
1st Lorraine Williams “All Bull”
2nd Lorraine Williams “The Huntsman”
3rd Ruth Penfold “The Woolly Jumper”
OPEN - All things rustic
1st Susan Cronin “Bygone Days”
2nd Lorraine Williams “Hotel Kikoira”
3rd Lorraine Williams “VW”.
INDIA IN THE WEST Theme:
Lyn Worner and Ruth Penfold
Entry forms for 2017 will be posted here to download when available.