Street fair to light up Kingscote and celebrate young artists

WINNER: Kangaroo Island Art Feast Inc has organised a street fair to celebrate the unveiling of 16 street art projects.
WINNER: Kangaroo Island Art Feast Inc has organised a street fair to celebrate the unveiling of 16 street art projects.

A community street fair in Kingscote will light up the town to celebrate and unveil an innovative street art project later this month.

Musical performances, food stalls and the winning art entries designed by young islanders will all be on show.

Hosted and organised by Kangaroo Island Art Feast Inc, the street fair will take place on October 23 from 4.15pm to 7.00pm outside sponsor Ozone Hotel on Commercial Street.

Interim Chair of the Kangaroo Island Art Feast Inc and Deputy Mayor Bob Teasdale said the event is the culmination of a competition that saw local people submit artwork that would decorate 16 bollards.

In cooperation with the Ozone Hotel, KI Art Feast ran a competition earlier this year for artwork that could decorate the bollards directly outside the Hotel.

"We received a community grant from the council to produce the art work and install it on the bollards," Mr Teasdale said.

"We received lots of entries from Kangaroo Island Community Education (KICE) students and made a final selection of 16.

"We're planning to make this a very special event for families: a chance for a relaxing and good fun evening out for young and old alike as we emerge from COVID-19 restrictions.

"We'll have entertainment, including the school choirs, and lots of other musical items, led by the irrepressible Scott Ellson."

There will be a range of food stalls and, thanks to a grant from PIRSA, children will receive free food and drink vouchers.

In addition to unveiling the 'BollArt' and presenting framed certificates to the winners, the fair will also be celebrating the success of students in the SA Oliphant Science Awards, and displaying their entries.

The art organisation has been around for nearly 20 years but this is the first time the organisation has hosted an event like this.

Kangaroo Island Art Feast Inc works closely with Kangaroo Island Community Education (KICE).