Gold Rush festivities continue
HARDLY a fair topic for the Great Art Debate: Nothing Transforms You Like Art.
The team for the negative writer John Wright, primary school teacher Karen Blackburn and local businessman Adam Smith were pushing an uphill battle.
Public speaking experience and wicked senses of humour were pretty much the only things they had going for them in this debate about the value of art before - wait for it - an audience of artists.
Hosted by Gympie Regional Gallery on Wednesday evening, the third annual Great Art Debate was "hilarious", gallery spokeswoman Sandra Ross said.
"All six debaters put forward good, entertaining arguments.
"Of course the affirmative won," she said.
"Their main argument was that art does change you emotionally."
While the affirmative team had the easier argument, they gave it all the gumption they could possibly muster.
First up to the podium was Sue Manton, who spoke about her own experience of being transformed by Art Garfunkel's hit song Bridge Over Troubled Water.
Second speaker Wendy Green weaved funny tales into stories that illustrated the point and Neil Jones brought it together at the end, wrapping it up beautifully with his dry sense of humour.
Don't miss tomorrow's Gold Rush Street Parade followed by the Festival in the Park and Battle of the Bands in Nelson Reserve tomorrow.
- The festival is an annual celebration of James Nash's discovery. of gold in Gympie in 1867
- The Gold Rush Festival began in 1967, 100 years after James Nash struck gold.
- It was not until 1973, six years after the festival officially got under way, that celebrations included a daytime float parade.