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Sydney – Manly Arts Festival 2010 – art, music, literature

August 30, 2010toSeptember 15, 2010

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Manly Arts Festival celebrates art, music, literature – over 100 exciting, fun-filled events for all age groups.

  • 3 – 19 September 2010 Many Free Events
  • Opening night Friday 3 September at 6.00pm

The 2010 Manly Arts Festival, this year offering more than 100 bright, exciting cultural events, will be officially launched at 6.00pm on Friday 3 September 2010 at the beautiful harbour-side Manly Art Gallery & Museum, on West Esplanade, Manly.

Attractions ranging from exhibitions and ‘open studios’, to theatre productions, to concerts and dance performances, to films and literary events, the Manly Arts Festival takes place from 3 – 19 September 2010, when scores of galleries, art-spaces, theatres, walkways and public spaces, schools, restaurants, cafés and even the Manly Ferry are transformed to celebrate the creativity and artistic diversity of Sydney’s Northern Beaches community.

All age groups have been catered for with many events open free to the public, and a number of special events and workshops aimed specifically at teens and kids.

Details are on-line at www.manlyartsfestival.com , and a free, 32-page full colour souvenir programme is available by calling the Festival Info Line at 9976 1420, or from Manly Art Gallery & Museum, Manly Library, Manly Council offices, Manly Visitor Information Centre and other venues throughout Manly.

A major Festival event this year is a special highlight exhibition funded by Arts NSW, Eighty Tales from the Vault: Manly Art Gallery and Museum 1930 – 2010, celebrating that venerable Gallery’s 80th anniversary.

Manly Art Gallery and Museum is the oldest urban regional art gallery in New South Wales, the Eighty Tales from the Vault exhibition presenting rarely seen works from the Gallery’s extensive 19th and 20th Century collections, highlighting influences that have contributed to the life and history of the Gallery, together with new contemporary works by artists of the Northern Beaches region.

Another ‘must do’ for art lovers are three workshops on ‘The Character of the Portrait’ presented by Evert Ploeg, twice winner of the Archibald People’s Choice Award.

Open to aspiring portrait artists of all skill levels, Evert Ploeg will offer instruction in portrait techniques using dry media on various papers (1 – 4pm, Mondays 6 Sept: Manly Art Gallery and Museum).

Music lovers won’t dare miss a very special performance by the Sydney Chamber Music Festival (starring popular classic music radio presenter and conductor Guy Noble).

Sydney Chamber Music Festival artistic director Bridget Bolliger has created an outstanding two-night music program especially for the Manly Arts Festival called ‘Tales to Tell and Art Links’ celebrating the 80th anniversary of the Manly Art Gallery and Museum, along with a host of celebrated musicians under the baton of Guy Noble.

Music includes works by Brahms, Ravel and Martinu (Manly Art Gallery and Museum, Sat 11 & Sun 12 Sept, 7pm single concert ticket $35/conc $30, both concerts $60/conc $50, under 12s $10. Contact: 9498 2774).

Another top musical treat will be The Early Music Ensemble’s ‘The Marais Project’, a concert program of French sixteenth century folk songs, a cantata for soprano by Montelair, a suite for viola da gamba by Marais, and Schubert’s Ave Maria for soprano and guitar.

Performing in the beautiful Cardinal Cerretti Chapel at St Patrick’s Estate (yes, where Nicole got married), musicians Jennifer Erikson, Anthony Abouhamad and Tommy Anderson are joined by soprano Belinda Montgomery. (Friday 3 September, 8pm. Concert adults $20 conc $10, dinner $32 pp. Bookings essential Maureen 9948 7738).

 Manly Arts Festival 2010 will again host the the great ‘24/7 Youth Film Festival’ in which teams aged 12 to 25 years have 24 hours to make a seven minute film.

The ‘Manly’s Big Draw’ special event will be fun for all ages, too, the exterior of Manly Art Gallery and Museum getting wrapped in paper for a giant drawing experience in the natural environment. Adults, children and families are invited to take part. (Sunday 19 Sept, 10am – 3pm)

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