Singleton’s biennial celebration of all things art and culture will get underway this weekend, with Youth Fest – Teens in 19 and Singleton Uniting Church’s Hymnfest the first in a packed program of events as part of the Glencore Singleton Festival.

The three-week program covers a host of activities from music and movies to the visual arts and writing gymnastics, to be held at venues around the Singleton local government area.

Headline events are the Yancoal Singleton Art Prize, which will open at Singleton Civic Centre on Friday 10 May and run until Monday 13 May, and Singleton Council’s annual homage to cooler temperatures, Firelight, which will warm up the Civic Green on Saturday 1 May from 6pm to 10pm with a laser show, LED hoop show, African drummers and more.

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Tony Chadwick, Singleton Council’s Acting Manager Strategy and Engagement, said it was an impressive calibre of events aimed to showcase the strength of arts and cultural pursuits in Singleton.

“Singleton really is a hub for creativity and inspiration and it’s great to see so many different community groups come together to put together such an impressive program,” he said.

“We are celebrating a range of cultural pursuits, including performance, music and art, and best of all we’ll see talents on show from across a range of age groups including local nine local schools in a KAOS performance (kids acting on stage) at Singleton High School on Wednesday 8 May and school bands at Burdekin Bandfest to cap off the festival on Sunday 19 May.

“People can also visit the historic Mechanics Institute to visit the Monday Art Group, Family History Society Singleton, Potters and Textile Artists and Singleton Quilters from Friday 6 May to Sunday 12 May, or glam up for the Flickerfest Film Night at Ironbark Hill Brewhouse on Saturday 4 May.

“Council is also bringing the community together for Firelight on Saturday 11 May, which promises a great family night of entertainment including laser shows and African drumming, as well as food trucks and Hunter Valley wine and beer.

“The Singleton Festival is a great way for people of all ages to get involved in Singleton’s arts and cultural scene, and it’s wonderful to have the support of Glencore to allow it all to come together.

“I hope to see as many people as possible coming along to enjoy the great range of events on offer.”

Glencore’s Community Relations Manager, Craig Strudwick said the festival would showcase a diverse range of endeavours and the creativity of the Singleton community.

“We’re pleased to have been able to help bring these events together to showcase and grow the creative talents of our community,” he said.