THE POWER has been switched off on the 2022 SPARK Festival which can easily claim to be the best on record.
The Ipswich festival delivered a great program of music, comedy, arts, exhibitions, circus, projection, culture, cabaret, and technology that took over the city.
For 11 nights the iconic face and towering spires of the St Mary’s church were brought to life with large projections of artwork.
This public art installation was part of the SPARK After Dark program.
Artwork was selected to reflect the art, culture, places and people of Ipswich.
The local artists chosen to light up the city included Kylie Hill, Jennifer Kent, Jacob Sarra, Jarryd Lawton, Gavin Lewis, Rebecca Lewis, Lee Fullarton, Colin Mac, Jessica Anderson and Glen Smith.
These artists were selected on the basis that they had a connection to the Ipswich region.
As the festival shared the same dates as NAIDOC Week several of our First Nation Artists were highlighted during deLight.
This year’s Cultural Award winner, Indigenous artist Kylie Hill kicked off the first night of the festival and a different artist was projected every night with all the artist’s work profiled on to conclude the festival.
Projection artist was James Muller and everyone agreed he did an incredible job working with the artist’s images in creating a light spectacle on the Church.
This year the council added new attractions in Timothy Molony Park creating a new festival hub.
There were street entertainers, musicians, food vans and even a space for the adults to watch and enjoy this event whilst having a quite drink.
Everyone agreed this was much more festive and it was fun to gather friends and family together in the one space to enjoy the fantastic talent of Ipswich’s visual and performing artists.
SPARK Ipswich also included events such as Waghorn to West, a multi-venue indie live music crawl, where you could experience the best of what the Queensland music scene has to offer alongside some of
Ipswich’s most exciting up and coming musicians.
Our Ipswich Art Gallery displayed two major art exhibitions, including our talented Sally Harrison and 25 years of our Art Foundation Collection.
The program also included an event just for the kiddies “Little Day Out”. Ipswich’s signature children’s contemporary music and arts festival was little by name but BIG on fun.
Regurgitator’s POGOGO show headlined the main stage with their witty, silly attitude and musical mash-up of funk, pop and rock.
Feisty trio Babushka broke the rules, singing killer tunes and showed the next generation how to be rascals, radicals, and ratbags.
More than 3000 young and young at heart were invited to sing, dance, create and play.
Seedling planting, boomerang painting, tiny tot’s zone and a silent disco were all part of the Little Day Out experience.
I can’t wait to see what they will have installed for us next year.