Caldera Art Gallery’s Andy Reimanis, Taste the Tweed organiser Kerry Turner and Tweed Fusion co-ordinator Anne Duke at the launch.
Caldera Art Gallery’s Andy Reimanis, Taste the Tweed organiser Kerry Turner and Tweed Fusion co-ordinator Anne Duke at the launch. Picasa

Tweed Fusion builds creative arts image of town

A FEAST of creative arts, nature, music and local food is on offer around the Tweed region over 10 days later this year.

While these experiences are available anytime in abundance, Tweed supporters are joining forces in a project dubbed Tweed Fusion that will thrill visitors and locals from October 21 to 30.

The packed program makes a start at The Lake Cabarita with drinks, tapas and jazz, followed up by a harp and flute recital in the Living Waters Church at Tumbulgum.

Also on the program is ballroom dancing at historic Tyalgum Hall, cooking demos at Murwillumbah Farmers Market, a tasting tour of the Tweed with visits to local producers, art gallery exhibitions, the Tyalgum Spring Fair and special dinner at Hastings Point.

Tweed Fusion, a partnership between Destination Tweed and the Caldera Institute, was launched at Tumbulgum’s House of Gabriel on May 26.

Co-ordinator Anne Duke said securing sponsors would be "wonderful".

"There are so many fabulous things happening," she said.

"There’s only one problem – money

"We really want to grow this to be a sustainable event.

"This year, if you know someone who’s got dollars in their pockets, send them my way.

"We need marketing dollars to prove a viable event."

Anne said events would be spread across the Tweed Valley, linking coast and hinterland.

"The things we’ve chosen are the things we’re strong at," she said.

"It’s the markets we have.

"There are far more people involved this year, more villages.

"It’s about building the image of the Tweed Valley."

Tweed Fusion will present pop-up performances, from choirs to violin and blues; a Shakespeare in the Garden finale at Tyalgum, a self-drive gallery trail, interactive arts and crafts workshops, and lessons on Tweed history from local Aboriginal guides.


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