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Redcliffe Floral And Art Festival

Story: Patricia Higgins | Photo: Bruce Redman
Published On : May 27, 2024
Redcliffe Floral And Art Festival
The earth laughs in flowers, as Ralph Waldo Emerson once observed, so it would follow that the Redcliffe Floral and Art Festival, which combines artistic expression with blooms and foliage, cannot be beaten for merriment.

The Clontarf-based festival is set to happen over a Friday to Sunday interval in June at St Peter the Fisherman Anglican Church and includes live music, art exhibits, floral displays, gardening tips and much more.

Organiser Liz Peters said this year’s event promised more excitement than ever, partly due to the new addition of Redcliffe’s Scottish Pipe Band (accompanied by drums, pipes, and full regalia) – scheduled to perform on the Sunday of the event, from 11am to 2pm.

“This year’s theme is ‘Celebrations’ where weddings, birthdays, Valentine’s Day, Easter, Christmas, and Halloween will be highlighted,” Ms Peters said.

With New Year in Scotland being referred to as Hogmanay, the Scottish Pipe Band music brings a unique Highlands twist to the overall theme, especially for those with Celtic heritage.

Such a spectacle is expected to tie in nicely with a floral and artistic flourish, with attendees given the opportunity to decorate a gift, a wine glass, or a bottle of wine and to be shown other floristry-based tips.

“For the gardening enthusiasts, there are succulents and cacti on sale, and a large plant stall will have plenty of bargains,” Ms Peters said.

Specialists will demonstrate various botanic arts, such as how to prune and maintain bonsai, bind Japanese kokedama, make macramé potholders, and construct a terrarium.

Ms Peters said there were no admission charges, but any money dropped into donation buckets would be appreciated.

“Donations are directed to local support groups and charities, and patronising the event is also an opportunity to support local musicians, artists and school students,” she said.

The festival, which is now in its seventh year, has proved to be extremely successful in attracting not only local visitors but those from greater Brisbane and beyond.

“There have been friendships made, renewed, re-found and tales of unexpected meetings from school days,” Ms Peters said, proving that flowers have the ability to not only bring joy but to bring people together.

Redcliffe Floral and Art Festival
Friday, 14 June - Sunday, 16 June, 10am-4pm
St Peter the Fisherman Anglican Church
13 Lucinda Street, Clontarf.