Spring is in the air, days are warm, nights are still a little cool and the Jacaranda's are busy laying a gorgeous purple carpet of flowers throughout town. It really is the best time of year here! The town is buzzing with people shedding the winter layers and venturing out into the warm sunny weather - to walk the dog along the riverbank, meet friends for a coffee, or attend one of the many local events that really start to ramp up at this time of year!
A day out at the Races, an afternoon of great food and celebrity chefs at Gourmet in Gundy, or loads of fun at the vibrant Lanescape Festival, which, now in it's fifth year, has gone from strength to strength.
The 'small' gathering that started as a way to celebrate the public art projects completed for the year has quickly taken hold and cemented itself as the event of the year for many families in our region. A truly inclusive event, Lanescape celebrates art and culture, is completely free to enter and participation in and brings a vibe reminiscent of a city laneway festival, with street performers, colourful arts and crafts and live music.
This week in our discover farming segment we wanted to take a short break from farming and give a shout out to the team behind Lanescape Goondiwindi Inc. - a colourful bunch of volunteers who give their time and passion to create vibrant spaces in our community where people can forget their worries and just enjoy their surrounds.
Friday the 13th of October was, for many, a chance for a night off, a night out and an opportunity to connect with others, all amidst the hubbub that is Lanescape festival. Picture catching up with old friends over a drink for the first time in months, groups of children making their way from one activity to the next, a makeshift footy oval in the back of the church grounds, free face painting and craft activities, free T-Shirt graffiti painting, live music and roving acrobats.
Food stalls of all kinds and gorgeous artisan market stalls hosted by local makers. Talk about fun for the whole family!
If you are considering a trip to Goondiwindi, spring is a truly lovely time to visit, and Lanescape Festival is a must on the calendar! You can also check out the work the Lanescape Committee volunteers have facilitated on a self guided walk around town, taking in the murals and sculptures from Bowen Lane and along the Riverwalk.
Don't forget to pop in and see us at Goondiwindi Cotton while you're in town!
Words by Tracey Jensen
Photos by Bec Cover, Goondiwindi Region
I am coming to this next year for sure. I’ve been thinking of driving down that way, now I have another reason to drive that way.