PERFECT FOR PARK

PERFECT FOR PARK

MUSIC AND ARTS will collide in Ocean Grove for one inspiring day and night in April.
Headlining an eclectic musical line up at the inaugural Festivus – Ocean Grove music and arts festival on Saturday April 12 will be Eddie Perfect, along with the Strange Tennants and Julian Wilson. Perfect, who defies pigeon-holing, has appeared in everything from his own biographical musical comedy Shane Warne: The Musical to numerous solo albums – all the while connecting through cunning observation and wit.
Alongside Perfect will be legendary Aussie Ska band The Strange Tenants. Together with the Allniters, the Strange Tenants were the most high-profile Australian ska bands of 1980s ska era.
Adding to the line-up will be Julian Wilson, Mark Grunden’s Samba School, the popular Carus Thompson, Michelle Nicole, Kite Machine, Murdena, local rising star Alister Turrill and the Dave Palmer Quarter.
The festival committee has benefited from the massive experience and valuable input of musician Tim Neal, who said: “The unique thing about Festivus that sets it apart is it’s all about collaboration. Seeing Musicians perform as they are is always fun, but to see them playing with other musos, jamming live on stage is something you can only see at our festival.”
Festivus promises more than a music festival.  It will have a twist of avant-garde art, interactive music, that the organisers hope will develop a  unique vibe.
Ocean Grove’s colourful rainbow piano is already an icon of the festival, and has managed to get everyone talking long before the first artists announcement.
Passersby in The Terrace are being encouraged to tinkle with the ivories in the run up to the Festivus.
Creator Kat de Bruijn said the idea came from the ‘Play me I’m Yours’ project in Melbourne.
In addition there will be a whole gamut of interactive visual and acoustic arts that will unfold on the day.
Co-director Huib De Bruijn, who has worked on creating effects at some of the biggest theme parks in Europe, is devising a raft of hands-on arts sensations and surprises.
Huib said the festival would be very much about ‘the experience’.
“We want people to be part of the festival rather than being passive spectators,” he said.

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