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Planning to keep Zig Zag festival

A lack of volunteers has forced Zig Zag Community Arts (ZZCA) organisers to cancel its popular annual festival in October, which has been a hit with residents for  more than three decades.

The not-for-profit community group, that puts on the festival, has only cancelled three times over the past 32 years.

ZZCA chairperson Albert Hazebroek said the number of volunteers had fallen too low this year to mount the festival.

“But we are working on gathering more members so that we can come back stronger in 2018”.

He said the group continues to be active and committed to developing community arts in the Shire of Kalamunda.

“The arts are an essential public good that creates a ripple effect of benefits felt throughout our community,” he said.

“Art provides the unique expression of what it means to be human, and that is fundamental to our nature, and it affects us all.

“ZZCA expresses this through all the possibilities of participation in roles as artists, arts workers, practitioners, teachers, students, critics, supporters, and consumers.   

The group is now seeking new committee members and volunteers to help plan and organise future arts events for the benefit of the Kalamunda community.

There will be a number of events, workshops, and a series of community consultations held this year by ZZCA.

These activities will all contribute to the mounting of a larger and more ambitious Zig Zag Festival in 2018.

The first major event that will be held this year will be the Christmas in July Bush Dance on July 15 at the Kalamunda Agricultural Hall.

Tickets will be on sale at Haynes St. Newsagency and at the door.

For more information about the festival go to www.zigzagfestival.org or check out the Zig Zag Community Arts on Facebook.

About Rashelle Predovnik

Rashelle has been the senior journalist at Echo News since June 2011. She was a finalist in the WA Media Awards in 2015 and 2013. In 2014 Rashelle took out the whole print category in the Deborah Kirwan Media Awards for a series of stories she wrote that has positively influenced community attitudes towards seniors. In 2013, Rashelle was a finalist in the Consumer Protection Media Awards. Before joining Echo News, Rashelle worked at WA Business News, Media Monitors, she was a freelance journalist and taught journalism units at Murdoch University.

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