More than 18,000 art and music lovers are expected to flock to Dunsborough’s foreshore across the March long weekend for a rich array of sculptures, markets, and live entertainment as part of the 23rd Dunsborough Arts Festival.
Organised by the Dunsborough & Districts Progress Association, the community-led festival will be held from Saturday March 2 to Monday March 4 by the bay in the shade of the glorious peppermint trees.
Expect a jam-packed weekend including Sculptures by the Bay, two evening concerts featuring Glam Funk Band, Beeva Feeva (Sunday March 3), Classics by the Bay featuring Dunsborough’s favourite musician Mitch Baker (Saturday March 2), the Small Sculptures Prize exhibition at Christian Fletcher Gallery, a Sunday art market, X Factor youth talent competition, art, drumming, dance and circus workshops, pop up exhibitions, and to top it all off a spectacular fireworks display on Sunday night presented by Dianne Laurance.
A highlight of the weekend is Sculptures by the Bay, an impressive outdoor exhibition spanning the Dunsborough Foreshore and Seymour Park, and the Small Sculptures Prize exhibition at Christian Fletcher Gallery. Wander around the displays and vote for your favourite, with the opportunity to purchase an original for your collection.
Dunsborough Progress Association’s president and festival organiser Jacquie Happ said it will be fantastic weekend for all ages.
“There really is something for everyone at this year’s festival,” Jacquie said.
“From discovering treasures at the art market stalls, to enjoying tasty food and drinks, to admiring the sculptures and enjoying great art and entertainment, we think everyone will have plenty to enjoy at this year’s festival.”
Launched in 2001, the event is now an impressive three-day festival, bringing together local artists, art enthusiasts, and community members for a celebration of art and music.
Local artists are invited to participate in the art market which is exclusively open to people who create their own products, art or craft works. Register here: https://dunsboroughprogress.com.au/events/art-festival-sculpture-by-the- bay/dunsborough-arts-festival-art-market/
Dunsborough X Factor is a highlight on Sunday morning where school-aged youth from Dunsborough and surrounding districts vie for cash prizes donated by the Progress Association and Dunsborough Dance Co. Link to register: https://dunsboroughprogress.com.au/events/art-festival-sculpture-by-the-bay/x-factor- 2021/
Locals and visitors are also encouraged to join in a foreshore clean up on Monday March 4 from 9am to 11am, facilitated by A Single Leaf South West for Clean Up Australia.
The feast of free weekend of entertainment is made possible thanks to generous sponsors including philanthropist Dianne Laurance, City of Busselton, Lotterywest and the hard- working volunteers at the Dunsborough Progress Association.