As the sun set on Saturday 7th September, over one thousand people gathered under Eudlo’s majestic Ghost Gum Tree to celebrate the launch of three Animating Spaces arts projects.
This family-friendly event marked the official launch of three arts projects in the village – Dusk Mantra, Light Scape and the official unveiling of the Eudlo heART Skatepark project.
Audience rugged up under the stars for a magical experience and were treated to projection art, indigenous culture, soundscapes, live music, dance and song exploring the issues of community identity and cultural heritage in the heart of the Eudlo village.
At the conclusion of the Eudlo Dreaming performances, Rosebed St Gallery kept the energy flowing with live music, pop-up exhibitions and special After Arts, artist featuring Kerryanne Farrer, David Green, Mad Betty, Jandamarra Cadd & Louise King.
In the lead up to the project performance, Louise King organised school presentations and workshops in music, weavery and indigenous culture.
Animating Spaces Project was an event partnership with Arts Link QLD, Eudlo Cultural Collective, Sunshine Coast Council and Sunshine Coast Creative Alliance.
Eudlo was absolutely transformed. It is amazing how a cultural performance encouraged people to take ownership of the whole town in such a celebratory and creative manner.
Ant McKenna, Sunshine Coast Regional Council
Animating Spaces provided an amazing opportunity for Eudlo to showcase its collective artistic talent. We were able to engage professional and emerging artists to inspire the local community to create quality public art and a world-class performances in the heart of Eudlo.
Amy Martin Community Coordinator
Dusk Mantra was everything we imagined and more. For me, dusk at Eudlo has never been more magical, earthy and meaningful. The majestic gum tree and Rene Bahloo’s luminary weavery was centerpiece to the performance animated by a community choir of over one hundred voices singing and playing for peace, renewal and hope.
Louise King, Dusk Mantra Project Manager
The dancers wove the elements – fresh water eel, mist settling in the valley, the movement of treetops catching a breeze – into movements that evoked the spirit of Eudlo. The skate bowl became a mini amphitheatre with Bonnie Jenkin’s images featuring water and the forest projected on to the moving canvas.
Linley Boyle Lightscape Project Manager
The creation of the mural at the Eudlo Skatepark was designed for young artists to gain a sense of ownership and pride in their community while building technical skills and confidence. Eudlo gained contemporary public art in the heart of the town that revitalizes our skate park, and redefines Eudlo from being a sleepy hollow to a vibrant contemporary arts hub.
Maya Carter-Malins HeART Skatepark Project Manager
- Dusk Mantra project https://vimeo.com/channels/animatingspaces/79754076
- Eudlo Dreaming Animating Spaces Art Project 2013 http://artslinkqld.com.au/regional-arts/animating-spaces/eudlodreaming/
Thanks you to all in the community who helped make this happen. Special thanks to event volunteers, Dawn Mantra performers, community groups & collaborative artists:
- Gubbi Gubbi Dance – http://www.gubbigubbidance.com/
- Renee Balu – weavery artist – http://weavery.com.au/
- Lyndon Davis – didgeridoo Gubbi Gubbi
- Louise Kennedy – soprano & Eudlo Voices
- Anna Stoddard – flute
- Louise King- Cello Dreaming
- Tunji Beier – percussion http://www.tunji.org/
- Danielle Jones – choral director & New World Rhythm Choir http://www.newworldrhythm.net/
- Eudlo & Chevallum State School Choirs with Cath Galloway & Danielle Jones
- Elisabeth Wallis Gaedtke – choral director Oriana Youth Choir http://www.oriana.org.au/choirs/sunshine-coast-oriana-youth-choir/
- Bibianna Stanfield – event photographer http://commercialphotography4u.com/
- Heath Moore – event sound and light production http://www.dwsound.net/
What a lovely vibe for the village of Eudlo and how wonderful that so many people attended.
Louise, you are an inspiration and I just love your beautiful playing and how you communicated with the kids, they just responded in such a great way. Your energy is what made it happen. Focused and generous to the end.
Louise, it was a communal honour and a joy to participate, bathed in the spine-tingling instrumental magic of didgeridoo, cello, flute and percussion. Very glad to be part of your music-creating community.