We hosted a number of major community events. This included Carols in the Park, which attracted over 22,000 spectators. The ‘Bright ‘n’ Sandy Food and Wine Festival which played host to more than 8,000 visitors. This festival featured celebrity chefs, cooking demonstrations, food and wine exhibitors, entertainers and an artisan market.
Three art prizes were awarded in 2016/2017. The $15,000 Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize was presented to Michael Vale for his painting Snow. Jennifer Goodman received the $3,000 Local Art Prize for Zephyr and Gina Kalabishis took out the People’s Choice Award for her work Arete.
Read more about the prize at www.baysideacquisitiveartprize.com.au
The library service hosted numerous events across the year to encourage reading within the community. Nearly 10,000 children attended baby, toddler, pre-school and school holiday programs. 2,758 people attended programs for adults. Approximately 8,300 young people took part in events tailored to those aged between 10 and 25 years.
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