Queensland’s Scenic Rim already boasts many stunning landscapes, from the wide open spaces of its prime agricultural land to some of the most dramatic mountain and rainforest views Australia has to offer. Thanks to the 2012 Studios and Cultural Trails of the Scenic Rim program, there are now even more compelling reasons to visit the region.
This initiative of the Scenic Rim Regional Council builds on the successful Studios of the Scenic Rim program, drawing on the creative energy of the people of the Scenic Rim including, of course, the culture of its indigenous people, to offer a year-long program of the visual and performing arts events across the region. There is something in the 2012 program for everyone – sculpture and ceramics, painting, pottery and photography, glass, textiles and jewellery, indigenous visual and performing arts, walks, museums, exhibitions, galleries, festivals, poetry, music and dance, and food and wine.
I encourage as many Queensland, interstate and international visitors as possible to experience this feast of culture so close to Brisbane, Ipswich and the Gold Coast. Every bit as much as our icons of beach and rainforest, cities and outback, the 2012 Studios and Cultural Trails of the Scenic Rim is also a reflection of who we Queenslanders are in the 21st Century – a thriving cultural community that is keen to encourage the widest possible audience to share and experience its creativity .
I wish the Scenic Rim Regional Council, all the participating artists, partnership organisations and institutions, and the many sponsors and supporters of the program, every success, throughout 2012 with this exciting initiative.
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