Southeast Queensland’s premier arts organisations engages with young people in schools and in the community
Throughout September and October, our inaugural Arts Magic 2022 Festival ignited a passion for creativity in young minds across Greater Springfield.
Queensland Ballet’s specially-designed workshops had students dancing at their schools while the likes of SWELL Sculpture engaged young minds with activities over the September holidays.
Arts Magic 2022 moved from the classrooms and community for a spectacular finale of world-class performances at the Robelle Domain. More than 1000 festival-goers attended the free showcase.
“Our hope is for this Arts Magic festival to grow as our wonderful community continues to grow, and for our artistic leaders to nurture and respond to the ideas growing in the minds of our youngest thinkers so they may develop the imagination to reach whatever dreams or goals they set for themselves into the future,” Springfield City Group’s Festival Director Dr Richard Eden PSM said.
“The collaboration between these established arts organisations in bringing their expertise, knowledge and creative genius to a new audience in a growing city develops and inspires a love of arts among a new generation of creatives.
“We all understand how important arts are to the development of communities, which is the key objective for creating this Arts Magic window in the year, where everyone has a chance to appreciate the possibilities that are a part of any creative process, from the benefits it delivers on a social, emotional, and cognitive level.”
The Arts Magic finale at Robelle Domain included a performance from musical theatre star Bobby Fox and pianist and conductor Vanessa Scamell with songs from Prospero Arts’ upcoming Singin’ In The Rain concert, set for QPAC next month.
Queensland Ballet, Circa Zoo Youth Ensemble and Australasian Dance Collective also performed in a showcase applauded by such creative luminaries as Queensland Ballet Artistic Director Lee Cunxin.
Award-winning dancer, director and choreographer Amy Hollingworth hosted the October 14 showcase that delivered a breath-taking glimpse at the depth of talent within Queensland’s arts sector.
Ms Hollingworth, who is Artistic Director of ADC, masterfully engaged with the enthusiastic audience. As she farewelled the inaugural festival, Ms Hollingworth praised Springfield City Group for its vision after it first reached out to her a year ago.
She said the idea for the leading arts bodies in the southeast to educate and inspire the next generation creatives in Springfield was an opportunity too great to pass up.
In summing up the Festival, Dr Eden said the inaugural Arts Magic program had exceeded expectations.
“Not only have our youngest members of the community benefited through a wide range of school workshops held throughout the festival by Queensland Ballet, Circa Classes and ADC, but parents, grandparents and the community are growing an interest in the arts through the eyes of our youth,” Dr Eden said.
“We’ve witnessed the engagement of students through workshops held across the festival, exploring ways of creating mosaics and portraiture at art workshops at Orion Springfield Central, that were hosted by SWELL Sculpture, who are responsible for Queensland’s largest outdoor sculpture exhibition.
“It was a privilege to see into the minds of our youngest artists who shared their wishes on the colourful cardboard leaves of the giant ‘Wishing Tree’ created during festival workshops held by QPAC’s Out of the Box Festival at Springfield.”
Thanks to our Arts Magic 2022 Sponsors – BMD Group, Cardno now Stantec, Orion Springfield Central, Dreamweavers, Gallagher, Brennan IT and Regional Development Australia (Ipswich & West Moreton Inc).