AFTER 10 years, the Karuah Bluegrass Music Festival has become one of the must-do events on the Port Stephens calendar.
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Committee Member James Campbell said, “This year’s Festival was celebrated in style with a free event featuring seven bands on the mainstage, and many other great local acts along the main street, in the BP and the Anglican Church.”
“The wet weather leading up to the event made Longworth Park too boggy to navigate, but the Karuah RSL generously hosted the event in their auditorium.”
“The festival committee extends their appreciation to all the volunteers, local businesses and sponsors; Hunter Quarries, Karuah RSL, Karuah Progress Association, KWT and The Shed Company.”
But after ten years, organisers are looking to the next decade and are call on the community, both local and wide ranging, to have their say on the future of the Festival.
Artistic Director Glenyss Rae has been involved in the festival since it kicked off in 2009.
“We have an amazing bunch of organisers and volunteers who make the festival possible, but after ten years it is time to enlist some new blood,” Ms Rae said.
“The great thing about this year’s festival was the positive and passionate feedback from many of our repeat punters.”
“We hope to draw some of those people to a meeting to give us honest and constructive feedback, and maybe some will put up their hand to contribute to future festivals.”
To that end, a public meeting is being held at the Karuah RSL on Wednesday 20 June from 6pm.
On the agenda, the date for the festival, the formation of an independent not for profit festival body, possible name change and options for the festival location.
By Margie TIERNEY