Toowoomba’s Have A Go! Festival Releases Official Program

The official 2013 program for Toowoomba’s Have A Go! Festival has just been released jam-packed with hands on activities for all ages and local and interstate artisans.

The festival is the only one of its kind in Australia and is being staged at Cobb+Co Museum on February 23rd and 24th. Festival attendees are encouraged to ‘have a go’ at more than 30 creative activities from blacksmithing to silk painting, millinery, wood turning and cake decorating. The program includes have a go activities, demonstrations and mini workshops where visitors can create with their hands under the guidance of leading and national award winning artisans.

“The 2013 program release marks the 7th year of the festival” explains Cobb+Co Museum Director, Ms Debbie Bailey. “For the first time we’re staging the event over one weekend to ensure visitors who come to Toowoomba can experience the best on offer. We have also extended the program to include an evening ‘have a go’ experience called Dancing Under the Stars with Latin dancing and twilight cinema screening of Dirty Dancing”.

“Most importantly we’ve really tried to keep the festival affordable for locals and visitors alike”, explains Debbie, “Daily passes are just $10 per person and children under 5 are free. We also have family and week-end passes available”.

The festival program features more than 30 award winning local and visiting artisans including well-known timber designer and New Inventors panellist, Richard Vaughan who will hold a masterclass on “Creativity – All you need to do is learn how to allow it”. Other special guests including master craftsman, Frank Weisner and local artisan, Andrew MacDonald who will hold an open forum on the woodwork bench, the heart of many work sheds.

Other festival highlights include creating your own fascinator or hair clip with milliner, Elaine Mergard, creating a leather wrist cuff or bookmark with Cherryl McIntyre and hand made books with Lorraine Brown. Brisbane-based silversmith, Dan Cox will reveal the ancient trade of making silver jewellery with demonstrations on the Sunday.

To obtain your complimentary copy of the 2013 Have A Go! Festival Program, just phone 07 4659 4900 or call into the Cobb+Co Museum at 27 Lindsay Street, Toowoomba. You can also download the festival program on their website at www.cobbandco.qm.qld.gov.au. Tickets can be pre-purchased online or at the door of the festival daily.

Submitted by:
Krista Hauritz
Cobb+Co Museum
Toowoomba

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