MARCIA Hines will draw a big crowd when she performs in Gatton at the Lockyer Writers Festival early next year.
The festival will have a live performance from the guest artist, and from January 6-9 will hold free and subsidised workshops in Laidley and Gatton for local artists.
Festival director Jacqueline Hackett said the festival is a way to help out local artists with eight professional guest artists there to give guidance.
“It’s a great way to seek out emerging artists and for them to get some professional development,” Jacqueline said. “So far we have 36 community groups and 74 individuals registered.”
All artists are invited to participate from writers and visual artists, to singers and songwriters.
There are a number of competitions that will run for all areas and will be short listed by the guest artists.
The public decides the winning artist who will receive a one year scholarship to further their skills.
“The objective is to better the education of the local Lockyer artists,” Jacqueline said.
This Saturday, the Battle of the Bands at the Laidley Hotel will decide which talented local will open for Marcia Hines.
Jacqueline said every musician and singer is invited to compete with separate categories for youths and adults.
Registration forms for the event are available from the Lockyer Hotel and at leappevents.com.au.
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