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Hurstville Discovery Festival of Community Arts

Posted 23 September 2009 by (Hurstville News)

The festival, now in its fifth year, highlights the diversity of Hurstville City’s community.

The Discovery Youth Performance Project will officially open the festival, featuring students from the Penshurst Girls’, Peakhurst and Hurstville Boys’ campuses of Georges River College in Memorial Square on Forest Road, Hurstville on Thursday, 1 October 2009 at 6.15pm.

The community can also experience the creativity and enthusiasm of students from Carinya, Minerva and Cairnsfoot special schools and Cook and Woniora schools at Hurstville City Museum & Gallery’s Show Offs #2 exhibition from Thursday 1 October until Thursday 17 December.

Another exhibition, Facing the Landscape , will showcase landscape and portrait works by residents of the St George region with personal and indirect experiences of mental illness at the Museum & Gallery from Saturday 3 October until Friday 24 October.

In addition, budding artists can be inspired by live music as they receive expert guidance in drawing drapery and clothing at a BYO Easel Discovery Drawing Workshop in the courtyard of the Museum & Gallery on Saturday, 3 October.

Older residents are invited to put on their waltzing shoes for an Old Time Gala Tea Dance , including a delicious High Tea and entertainment from Kevin Ryan’s Old Time Dance Band, in the Marana Auditorium of Hurstville Entertainment Centre on Thursday, 15 October.

Delicious Indian food, Bollywood dancing, a designer fashion parade and the mysterious ‘lighting of the lamps’ ceremony are some of the highlights of the DIWALI Festival of Light which will be held in Timothy Reserve, Hurstville on Saturday, 17 October.

A Discovery Film Screening , including the Isreali movie Noodle , a documentary about the experiences of local people living with mental illness called Mind Body and Soul , and the premiere of an advertisement about depression produced by adolescents living in the area, will take place in the Civic Theatre, Hurstville Entertainment Centre on Sunday 18 October.

Finally, the community is invited to join the Hurstville Discovery Writers Group for the launch of its Writers on Air short story series, which has been recorded by 2NBC 90.1fm for broadcast, at Hurstville City Library on Wednesday 21 October.

For more information on festival events and activities, contact Council’s Cultural Development Officer Anne-Marie Wiles on 9330 6097, email or visit


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