Festival of Small Halls a huge success

Community life - 6 February 2018

More than two hundred residents and visitors packed out Frederickton’s historic School of Arts hall last Wednesday for a night of live music as part of the Festival of Small Halls Summer Tour 2018.

The tour takes some of the musicians from the Woodford Folk Festival and sends them on the road to play at tiny halls in communities all over Australia.

Festival organisers chose Frederickton as one of the Mid North Coast towns on the tour this year and the community responded in waves and filled the hall to capacity.

Kempsey Shire Council supported the event by providing the venue, promotion and coordinated the catering with the help of Frederickton Newsagency and Fredo Pies.

Local volunteers Joy Winterburn and Diane Towle and local businesses Andrews Cleaning Service and electrician Jamie Oram assisted council staff in preparing the hall ahead of the show.

“Rarely does a small hall like Frederickton have the opportunity to host local, national and international musicians all in the one night,” said Council’s Community Projects Officer, Olivia Parker.

“It was fantastic to see the Macleay Valley community support this wonderful event. From all the positive feedback received about the show, council will be looking for more opportunities to bring live music events to the shire in the near future.”

The event was also an opportunity for council to highlight the unique and charming facilities our local halls have to offer. Council works with a number of local committees to manage all of the halls across the shire.

Public halls provide an important avenue for people to gather in our community. Each hall can be hired for a range of functions, activities, meetings and conferences as well as for regular hire for clubs and other community groups.

For more information and bookings go to council’s website www.kempsey.nsw.gov.au/community/facilities

The Small Glories at Frederickton School of ArtsThe Small Glories performing to a packed house at the Frederickton Hall on Wednesday 31 January