Oyster Fringe Festival returns

Model Laura Horton wears a Linda McQuinn oyster sack design from the former Bluff Oyster & Food Festival Creativity Awards. A new event this year, the Bluff Oyster Fringe Festival Fashion Show, gives designers the opportunity to enter their creations. Photo: Monica Toretto

THE Bluff Oyster Fringe Festival is back with a range of exciting activities in Bluff throughout the week of May 17-23.

From an open mic night, a bike scavenger hunt, a play trail, a fabulous fashion show and art competitions, all with a nautical theme, there will be something for all ages.

Planning is in full swing to provide a full-on week of a diverse choice of activities around the Bluff Oyster & Food Festival for visitors to the town and locals to enjoy.

First held in 2019, the fringe festival could not take place last year due to Covid-19 alert level restrictions.

But this year, with the oyster and seafood festival scheduled for Saturday, May 22, and a sell-out crowd ready to descend on the port town, the fringe festival is back on the

Entries for the nautical-themed fashion show open on Wednesday and close on Monday, May 3, with garments required to be in by Friday, May 7. The cost to enter is $10 per entry.

There are various categories including Open (including conventional materials), Wearable Art where anything goes, Junior for primary school pupils and School for high school pupils.
Both the Junior and School categories could use either conventional materials or wearable art.

For an entry form and full details, email monicatoretto@gmail.com

The fashion shows will be held on Wednesday, May 19, Thursday, May 20, and Sunday, May 23, at the Bluff Town Hall with the doors opening at 5.30pm on Wednesday and Thursday, ready for a 6pm start, and at 10.30am on Sunday, ready for an 11am start.

Admission will be $5 at the door. The admission cost will contribute to the category prizemoney and any excess would be donated to one of Bluff’s trusts or community
groups and would stay within the community.

Art exhibition
The Oyster Fringe Festival Art Exhibition will also have a nautical theme.

For school pupils there are primary and secondary sections, and works could be on paper or any media either in A4 or A5 size with a range of themes – The World is My Oyster, Boats In Bluff or Southern Sea Creatures.

These will be displayed at Oyster Allsorts in Bluff and winners will be voted by people’s choice.

The pupils’ section will also incorporate a decorated oyster shell (single shell only) and oyster shell decor.

Other sections include Art From Bluff, which is open to all Bluff-based artists and allows any media and any theme, plus Art About Bluff, open to all artists of any age and covering photography, painting, sculpture and carving.

Get ready for a great week with more details to come soon.

— Lindsay Beer is the Bluff publicity and promotions officer