GROWING PROJECT: Schoolchildren hold some of the flowers they are making for the Curryfest project.
GROWING PROJECT: Schoolchildren hold some of the flowers they are making for the Curryfest project.

Festival of flowers for Curryfest

THOUSANDS of lotus flowers will bloom as part of this year's Woolgoolga Curryfest celebrations.

Local primary school children and community groups will be making more than 1000 lotus flowers over the coming weeks in preparation for Curryfest.

The handmade and hand-painted flowers will be collected and displayed en masse as an outdoor urban artwork in the days leading up to the festival.

Organisers hope it is the start of a new tradition for the town that will not only build a sense of belonging for community members but also attract visitors.

The display is the vision of urban designer and local artist Fiona Bennell.

Ms Bennell is working with Merran Storrie, from Enrich and Connect, a non-profit community enterprise that delivers programs and events for community well-being.

"This is a significant and worthwhile project that will help children and adults feel a sense of being part of the greater community in an urban context. They will see firsthand that 'from little things, big things grow' in a visual way," Ms Bennell said.

Ms Storrie is also co-ordinating a range of free well-being activities and workshops in the Mindful Living Zone at this year's Curryfest on September 26.

An art workshop will be held at The Next Phase Tea House in Beach St, Woolgoolga, on August 31 from 10am-3pm, where any member of the community can come along to make a flower or two and meet others in their community. To participate, please call or text Merran Storrie. A gold coin donation would be appreciated.

For more information about the community workshop or details on how to get your community group involved, please contact Merran Storrie on 0428 571 676 or Fiona Bennell on 6654 0737.

For details about all of the Curryfest well-being classes, workshops and activities, go to http://www.curryfest.com.au or follow the event happenings on Facebook at www.facebook.com/EnrichAndConnect or http://www.facebook.com/WoolgoolgaCurryfest.



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