Cronulla's summer festival about art and music

THE Endless Summer Festival at Cronulla will be a treat for the ears and eyes. 

The festival will team an impressive music line-up with what can only be described as a visual sensory experience in the form of large-scale live art displays.

The three-day festival, to be staged in Gunnamatta Park from Friday, December 27, to Sunday, December 29, will also cater to foodies by offering a fresh approach to festival food.

Organiser Mario Kalpou said the event would showcase a variety of Sutherland Shire’s attributes, including the arts. 

‘‘It will be a celebration of Cronulla’s art scene,’’ Mr Kalpou said.  ‘‘We always see the artists in small glimpses but never in one setting on such a scale.’’

The line-up of artistic talent includes Mulga, Kuulof, Those Jazz Cats, Craig Hempstead, Corbin Nash, G’Lato, Nathan Johnston, Sam Kane, Mark Lindsell, Pippa Marie and Ouch.

The artists will paint in view of the public on eight specially constructed large-scale pyramids that will be dotted around the park.  

Miranda artist Joel Moore — who goes by the name Mulga — is no stranger to live painting and is excited to be involved in a festival of this scale in the shire.

‘‘With live painting you get a piece of plywood and you start and finish by the end of the night,’’ Mr Moore said. 

‘‘People come up and have a chat and it’s pretty cool.

‘‘The festival will have a bunch of art installations, it’s at a good time of year and free entry so it’s going to be pretty cool.’’

Moore’s art features bold paintings and drawings of animals and faces with intricate details and bright colours. 

‘‘I’m obsessed with gorillas and bearded men. I think beards have magical qualities,’’ Moore said.

Organisers hope the diversity of the event means the festival will have something for everybody.

‘‘The main thing is that we bring everyone together in place at one time and show how proud we are of this area and how far it has come in the arts and culture,’’ Mr Kalpou said.

‘‘We want people to see that.’’

Artists on show: Cronulla’s Endless Summer Festival will showcase live art. Pictured is Craig Hempstead (artist), Mario Kalpou (organiser) and Joel Moore (artist). Right from top, works by artists Mulga, Sam Kane and Those Jazz Cats. Main picture: Lisa McMahon

Artists on show: Cronulla’s Endless Summer Festival will showcase live art. Pictured is Craig Hempstead (artist), Mario Kalpou (organiser) and Joel Moore (artist). Right from top, works by artists Mulga, Sam Kane and Those Jazz Cats. Main picture: Lisa McMahon

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