ARTISTS are hitting the streets this month in preparation for the Wintersong Carnival on June 18 to 26.
A host of events will be rolled out for a week-long celebration of art and live music in Tenterfield that week, with the parade on Saturday, June 23.
Inspired by the legacy of locally born songman Peter Allen, Wintersong will be making a splash with a variety of art projects under way designed to brighten town spirits.
A musical themed street art program is a key factor.
The Wintersong committee is encouraging businesses to dress up their shop windows in a musical or song-themed display.
Artist volunteers are available for business owners who may need a hand or help with ideas.
The Men’s Shed volunteers have been busy with props and the town makeover has begun.
Wintersong introduced the windows initiative at the first town carnival in 2010, with impressive results.
The inaugural winner was the “Rio” themed window at Klas Accounting (produced by Sir Henry Parkes Primary Students).
Local schools are encouraged to get involved again with new prize incentives on offer.
This year, TADBA is encouraging retailer creativity by providing a $300 prize to the business showing the best carnival spirit.
The competition is for retailers and service providers displaying promotional creativity in a variety of ways, including instore initiatives (costumes, music, novelty themes) and/or parade involvement.
Meanwhile Klas Accounting has signed on as a major street art sponsor– putting up the reward for best parade float.
Organisers say almost 20 community groups (including schools, clubs and businesses) have signed on to participate in the parade.
More information on www.wintersong.org.au or Facebook (Tenterfield Wintersong). Enquiries to (02) 6736 1305.