Thursday, May 31, 2012

Your Creative Business: New Business Support Program

Image Source Visible Ink
Starting a small business can be a very daunting process! Luckily for us there are many organisations out there who are making it their mission to make it that little bit easier. Brisbane City Council's Visible Ink Youth Program in partnership with Widebay TAFE and Edgeware Creative Entrepreneurship have just announced the start of their New Business Support Program.

Grow your ideas :: Grow a better Brisbane

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE.....the New Business Support Program is for socially-committed Brisbanites of all ages who are interested in starting a new business that makes a real difference, or creating new revenue for an existing business. If you have a business idea that you think will make a positive contribution to Brisbane then the Brisbane City Council's Visible Ink Youth Program would like to hear from you. While the Council's Youth Program is supporting the initiative, participation from people of all ages is welcome!

WHAT'S IT ABOUT.....There are 3 key elements to the program.

1. BUILD YOUR BUSINESS: Six, free, catered, fun-filled workshops that will lead you to a one page business plan and a wealth of information and tools to accelerate your ideas.

2. WORKSHOPS AND NETWORKING EVENTS: From August 2012 to May 2013, additional affordable workshops will be offered to meet the needs of anyone developing ideas and businesses that are making Brisbane a better place to live. Free Networking events will be held every 3 months to bring like minded people together to share ideas, resources and networks.

3. OFFICE SPACE AND MENTORING: With the support of Council’s Youth Program, those participants from the BYB workshops who are under 30, will be eligible to apply for 12 months of supported office space (with specialized coaching) in Fortitude Valley. You must participate in BYB to be eligible for Office Space (available from July 2012).

For more information about the program and for workshop dates visit the Visible Ink website here.
To apply, contact Michael Doneman on 0402 394 166 or email by Tuesday June 5th.

For more creative business development opportunities visit the BrisStyle website for a full list of our 'i heart craft' Creative Development Sessions for 2012!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

BrisStyle Craft Caravan :: Event Details

Over the past few days you will have read all about the upcoming adventures of the BrisStyle Craft Caravan as we hit the road bringing craft to the community! Keep reading for a full run down of all of this weeks exciting Craft Caravan events!

Make and Take :: Suburban Oasis
Say 'hooroo' to the crowds and escape on your own crafty retro adventure at the BrisStyle Craft Caravan's 'Make and Take' suburban oasis.  Participants can drop in and craft the day away using holiday crafting skills from their schooldays!  Adventure never looked this easy!

Friday 1 June 10am - 4pm King George Square, Brisbane
Saturday 2 June 11am - 5pm Zillmere Multicultural Festival
Sunday 3 June 9am - 4pm Racecourse Road Carnival

:: All Day Make and Take Workshops ::

1. Caravan Colouring-in: Use your own flair and imagination to colour in a variety of retro suburban caravanning items. All ages and colouring outside the lines welcome!

2. Make Your Own Caravan Brooch / Magnet: Create your very own piece of wearable or magnetized nostalgia using your choice of crafting medium. Draw, stick, glue or colour-in a cool quirky caravan shape to take away to your own suburban oasis. Ah the serenity!

3. Community Bunting Project: The BrisStyle Community Bunting Project aims to engage and showcase the imagination and crafting talents of the local communities where each festival is being held in the form of bunting (or flags as some call them). Each flag will tell it’s own story through colour, embellishment and interpretation. Once completed, it will then be hung around the workshop marquee’s and caravan at each festival. Participants will be encouraged to colour in and /or embellish each flag along the theme of 'Holidaying in their own Suburb /Backyard'. Themes and images which relate to local culture or icons / places of interest will also be encouraged.

Image by Sandrine Marsh
Local Craft Guild Focus
Local crafting groups and guilds will be on hand to share their crafting wisdom and demonstrate their specialist fields. Group participation is encouraged, so bring in your own crafting projects or simply pull up a chair and get to know what makes your local crafting group tick.

Friday 1 June 10am - 4pm King George Square, Brisbane
:: Visit ::
Saturday 2 June 11am - 5pm Zillmere Multicultural Festival
:: Visit ::
Vintage Soul Community Art
Zillmere Community Centre Beaders

Sunday 3 June 9am - 4pm Racecourse Road Carnival
:: Visit ::

BrisStyle indie Marketeer Demonstrations
Find handmade at its best at all the BrisStyle Craft Caravan destinations. Not only will you find Brisbane’s best selection of quality locally handmade wares but you’ll also be able to talk craft and watch as these amazing craftisans create with in-stall demonstrations.

You’ll find all the BrisStyle indie Market stalls adjacent to the BrisStyle Craft Caravan Oasis at the following venues:

Friday 1 June 10am - 4pm King George Square, Brisbane
  • Anita Gosden doing leatherwork; stamping, staining, stitching
  • Chrissa from Love Chrissa making a bird nest with wire and beads
  • Fine Artist Ellie from Dileneate Gallery painting a small artwork onto stretched canvas
  • Mandy from made by the mumabug knitting and crocheting with t-shirting yarn
  • Hayley from REread making her signature cards from vintage children's books
Card by REread on Etsy
 Saturday 2 June 11am - 5pm Zillmere Multicultural Festival
  • Fifi and Linda from Kazuri Tribe performing and creating their signature couture
Image by Kazuri Tribe
Sunday 3 June 9am - 4pm Racecourse Road Carnival
  • Amanda Whitelaw from Hungry Designs illustrating pencil sketches for future brooch designs
  • Pattie Murray demonstrating tissue decoration onto bisque fired thrown porcelain and handmade decorations
  • Susan Jane Rua from Susan Jane Jewellery demonstrating basic beading skills
  • Simone McCluskie from A Touch of Glass copper foiling
  • Steph from Wimcee knitting and embroidering
Brooch by Hungry Designs
All Craft Caravan events are presented by BrisStyle Inc. and supported by Brisbane City Council!

Crafty Folk: Damned Soles

Welcome to Jen from Damned Soles and thanks for sharing a little about yourself and your business.

 Describe your creative business in one sentence.
Oooh – tough one.  Amazing shoes for amazing women doing kick-arse things with their life.

How did ‘Damned Soles’ come into being and what is it all about?
Almost 8 years ago I participated in the shoe making workshop at the inaugural Brisvegas TAFTA forum.  I’d seen the flyer for the event, and was speechless –someone could learn to make shoes?  I didn’t waste any time signing up.  I took a few more short courses over the years, but couldn’t carve the time out of my working life to follow my interest… so in 2011 I stopped working, moved to Melbourne, and enrolled in the RMIT Brunswick bespoke shoe making diploma.

2012 sees me back home, developing my shoe making business through the NEIS program.
That’s the how of Damned Soles, but as to the whys – I’m happiest working with my hands, I love taking on challenging tasks and problem solving, and live for understanding how we, as humans, relate to and shape out world.  For me, making shoes meets all of these needs.  It’s a physically demanding task, part mathematics and part art, poses unique problems, has a wealth of history behind it, as well as offering up the subject matter of fetish and desire.

As a business, Damned Soles builds custom footwear that clients will love to death and beyond, as well as resurrecting those “old favourite” shoes, giving them new life.  Principally, though, Damned Soles builds custom roller-skate boots for the Australian Roller Derby market; I had the brainwave that Roller Derby girls needed better/ more interesting boots for their sport, and through product and market research I’ve developed a roller-skate boot design that responds to common fitting problems skaters have with their boots, as well as also offering unique style options.

After measuring a client’s feet, I create a unique pattern for them.  From here I modify the last (plastic form shoes are made over), cut the kangaroo and calf leather, cement, stitch, last, sand, and polish my way through the process of building bespoke footwear.  All work is done in my home-based workshop in Ipswich, using a variety of hand-tools and an industrial sewing machine.

 Who or What inspires you creatively?
I’ve always loved the Cendrars’ quote in Even Cowgirls Get The Blues (Robbins) –
I am not of your race. I belong to the Mongol clan which brought to the world a monstrous truth: the authenticity of life and the knowledge of rhythm… You do well to hem me in with the hundred thousand bayonets of Western enlightenment, for woe unto you if I leave the dark of my cave and set about in earnest to chase off your clamorings.”

In 2010 I moved to the desert near Birdsville (Queensland) and experienced a creative epiphany – the sky was so big, and the land so open and quiet, I was able to simply exist and discover what truly fired my spirit up.  Cendrars finally made sense to me – it’s the stark beauty, subtle intricacy, and boldness of presence in the face of terrible forces that challenge and inspire me.  The artistic works of O’Keeffe, Olsen, and Napangardi help me tap into those memories, as do the all the women who have pioneered new territories throughout history, spinning lead into gold by the feminine alchemy of their spirit.

Does ‘Damned Soles’ have any special events coming up?
I will be launching my product “Save Your Sole Shoe Salon” at Fourthchild cafĂ© (Ipswich) with the help of the Cultiver team.  I’ve been developing the shoe repair side of Damned Soles for the last 3 months, culminating in the product “Save Your Sole Shoe Salon”.

Salons are based on party-plan business delivery – they are “a gathering of like-minded individuals in the parlour of an intriguing host; held to entertain, to refine tastes, and to increase knowledge of the care and repair of shoes.”  Guests bring along their shoes, from dead to damaged, and learn simple strategies to avoid future harm to their shoes, as well as choosing from repair services and maintenance products; the veil of mystery surrounding shoe repairs will be lifted forevermore.  Shoes will be returned to clients within the month, and payment for services and products is through either direct debit or PayPal.  I was going to let this event slip by without pomp or ceremony, but fellow BrisStylers convinced me otherwise…  starting a new product line in a new business *is* a big deal.  It’s definitely worth having a party over.

I’m also working on the second, and hopefully final, test fit of my custom made Roller Derby roller-skate boot style “Leviathan”.  The crew at Skate Salvage (Rocklea) have been helping me over the last year to refine and physically test the design and fit of the boots – they are most excellent.  Releasing Leviathan will be a major milestone for Damned Soles, and lots of champagne will be in order.  Stay tuned over the next month for that product launch!

Is the motto of ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ a part of your creative business?
Absolutely.  ‘Sustainability’ is the hallmark of environmental consciousness, but I choose to take it a step further to resilience – not only reducing the amount of waste produced (economical use of materials), reusing materials available (using material offcuts from one project to make other products) and recycling that which cannot be easily reused (school crafty materials!), but also building business practices that are able to bounce back from adverse conditions.  In practice, this means sourcing materials from local suppliers, building diverse business and social networks, and sharing business and product information whenever I can.  Through these actions I support the growth of local industry, receive the support I need to develop my business, and encourage and educate others – all this works towards a positive future for not only shoe making, but all businesses run by artisans, crafters, and amazing women.

Where can people find out more about ‘Damned Soles’?
I’m a very recent convert to Pinterest, but I use it every day… multiple times… my boards keep track of inspirational projects and images, as well as projects I’d like to get my hands into.  There are pins of everything from terrariums (yum!) to awesome tattoos.

Damned Soles on Pinterest
Damned Soles on Facebook
The Damned Soles blog

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

BrisStyle Craft Caravan :: Indie Market :: June 1

Pull up a deck chair, relax and put yourself in caravanning mode…urban caravanning mode that is, right in the heart of Brisbane city’s King George Square! Think two-toned retro caravan ( courtesy of Kris from the Best Little Vintage Van in Vegas), market stalls filled with locally handmade craft, hands-on craft workshops, demonstrations and professional development advice delivered by local crafters. (Along with the odd pink flamingo and some yarn bombing thrown in for good measure).

Highlights of the day will include:

BrisStyle indie Market Stalls ::  A showcase of  the local BrisStyle craftisans that you have come to know and love through the indie Twilight Markets will bring King George Square to life with their amazing locally crafted handmade wares. Expect unique, quality goods along with all day crafting demonstrations at many of the stalls.

All day 'make and take' Oasis :: All day craft drop in zone themed around 'Holidaying in your own backyard' and appealing to intergenerational beginners through to those with advanced skills. Make your very own retro caravan brooch or magnet or colour in until your hearts content.
Community Bunting Project :: Stamp your love for Brisbane by creating a flag to add to the community bunting project. Colour in, sew or embellish your piece of bunting however you like and see it added to others to create an inner city bunting trail around the crafting zone.

Craft focus :: Local crafters will be on hand to demonstrate their skills and engage participants. Located in the Craft Caravan Oasis adjacent to the all day 'make and take' workshop area. 
Yarn Bombing with the Brisbane Brown Owls ::  Bring in your knitting or come in and create your own to add to the decorations throughout the square. The Brisbane Brown Owls will be leading the charge so join them in their creative yarn decoration of King George Square.
3things :: The crew from 3things will help to activiate the square spreading global goodness and discovering what your 3things would be to help change the world. Write them on the little blackboards provided and have your photo taken with your '3things' to be put up on their blog site.

Peppermint Magazine :: Brisbane's leading eco fashion mag and supporter of handmade local craft, Peppermint Magazine, will be there with their latest issue. Pop in and pick up your copy, it's the greatest eco crafty read!
So come along and join in the BrisStyle Craft Caravan's urban oasis in the heart of Brisbane city, for a day of shopping, making, learning and sharing with BrisStyle's creative community.

Friday, June 1
King George Square, Adelaide St, Brisbane City
10am - 4pm
Presented by BrisStyle Inc. and supported by Brisbane City Council!

Tuesday Treasury: A Cozy Home

Winter is the perfect time to cozy up your home with some handmade touches! This week's 'Tuesday Treasury' features a collection of handmade homewares by BrisStylers!

To view the full size treasury click HERE!

Happy home-making!

Monday, May 28, 2012

BrisStyle Craft Caravan - coming to a festival near you!

The BrisStyle Craft Caravan is coming to a community festival near you and will be out on the road this Friday, Saturday and Sunday!

Festival, Market Stalls and Workshop Activities
Friday 1 June 10am - 4pm King George Square, Brisbane
Saturday 2 June 11am - 5pm Zillmere Multicultural Festival
Sunday 3 June 9am - 4pm Racecourse Road Carnival

Pull up a deck chair, relax and put yourself in caravanning mode…suburban caravanning mode that is! Think two-toned retro caravans, community created bunting, neighourhood engagement and most importantly hands-on craft and professional development advice delivered by local crafters. (Along with the odd pink flamingo thrown in for good measure.)

The BrisStyle Craft Caravan is set to be a moveable oasis of crafting goodness, which will engage festival goer’s in the suburbs and inner city. The onsite retro caravan will evoke feelings of nostalgia as well as providing a fun and interactive backdrop for a friendly neighbourhood craft-up, appealing to all the family, young and old.  Just like a craft holiday in your own backyard.

"This event is significant because we are taking craft to the people, giving them the opportunity to ask 'how to' questions about their own craft" says BrisStyle Market and Events Coordinator Helen Berthold.

So say hooroo to the crowds and escape on your own crafty retro adventure at the BrisStyle Craft Caravan’s “make and take” suburban oasis.  Participants can drop in and craft the day away using holiday crafting skills from their schooldays. In particular, the June 1 King George Square event will come to life with the extra help of community yarn bombing.  Adventure never looked this easy!

Those wanting creative development advice can check in at Dr Craft’s Q&A caravan where local creatives will be on hand to give advice on all your crafting maladies.

Highlights of the “make and take” workshops:

  • Caravan colouring-in Oasis: Use your own flair and imagination to colour in a variety of retro suburban caravanning items. All ages and colouring outside the lines welcome!
  • MYO Caravan Brooch or Magnet: Create your very own piece of wearable or magnetised nostalgia using your choice of crafting medium. Draw, glue or colour-in a cool quirky caravan shape to take away to your own suburban oasis. Ah the serenity!
  • Community Bunting Project: This project aims to engage and showcase the imagination and crafting talents of the local communities where festivals are being held in the form of bunting.  The finished project will be donated to a key community group in the Hamilton Ward.

Presented by BrisStyle Inc. and supported by Brisbane City Council!

Be sure to pop back in tomorrow and Wednesday for more information about the upcoming BrisStyle Craft Caravan events!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Let's Go Shopping

The BrisStyle Craft Caravan is heading to King George Square next Friday - get yourself there between 10am and 4pm for a fun day of craft market stalls and activities.  Here's just a taste of what will find...

Sconnie and Jam

Mel Stringer Illustration

Kitty Boo Boo

In Pink Ink

Mite Design

But that's not all folks - the BrisStyle Craft Caravan will be travelling to the  
Zillmere Multicultural Festival and Racecourse Road Carnival too!!
Come along and say hello!

Saturday 2 June  11am - 5pm
Zillmere Multicultural Festival

Sunday   3 June   9am - 4pm 
Racecourse Road Carnival

You too can take part in our weekly Let's Go Shopping meme! Post your Etsy finds on your blog then pop back here and add the blog post link below. Don't forget to link back to this post so everyone can check out all your fabulous Etsy finds. Anyone can play along so come join in the fun! 

Friday, May 25, 2012

Crafty D.I.Y

Good morning :)

Just three words ...The Sweet life
Today, lets stretch our D.I.Y to the kitchen bench and have a look at some amazing, mouth watering inspiration 
all about CARAMEL!
YES :)

Mmmmmh, how tempting are those Caramel and Macadamia nut with white chocolate tarts ?!
Bakers Royale blog will kindly take you through each steps to make your owns.
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Can't beat the happy feeling of giving (or receiving!) home made sweet gifts?
Givers'log is showing us how to make our own homemade Caramel

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The Recipe girl blog is sharing a recipe for some salted caramel sauce here...Yumm
She also includes the printable labels, how sweet is that!
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Craving sweets now, I know?!:)
Happy making!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Your Creative Business: Defining Success

She's Singing Her Own Song Art Print by Chrissy Foreman Cranitch
We recently came across a post on the Etsy Blog called 'Noted: Defining Success as an Artist'. The article talks about how jobs in the arts have suffered sharp falls in the last seven years and how it's getting harder and harder to make a living as an artist. The article got us do creatives define success? Is it being financially stable, is it selling a certain amount of product per week, is it fame or something completely different?

We would love to know how you as an artist/crafter define success and if your idea of success has changed throughout your career. Leave us a comment below with your thoughts.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Twilight Market: this Friday!

As part of Italian Week, the markets will be swinging to the beat of Brass Roots Live performing a tribute to Frank Sinatra! So come on down and "play amongst the stars"...the handmade lovin' stars of Twilight  that is.........

Friday, May 25
5.00pm - 9.00pm
King George Square, Brisbane City

Once again you'll find an amazing array of constantly evolving wares....all made here in Brisbane!
Friday's market sees over 100 indie handmade specialists being showcased. So check out where to find all of your favourite marketeers and a myriad of new ones HERE.

Our favourite local Eco Fashion Mag Peppermint will be nestled in with the designers on the grand ramp so please pop in to nab a current issue or better still take out a subscription!
While you're weaving your way through the stalls make sure you check out the BrisStyle Co-op located in the heart of the markets. This Friday's Co-op will certainly make for an exciting and vibrant handmade hub where you'll find an eclectic line-up of our local emerging BrisStyle artisans in a boutique style setting.

BrisStyle Promo Table
Get some R Patz movie action from Hopscotch Films!
Once again, we will be rewarding all of our loyal enewsletter and facebook subscribers with a complimentary 2 for1 pass to the new Hopscotch film  Bel Ami starring Twilight heartthrob Rob Pattinson.
Just mention you received the Twilight Market reminder newsletter and a  2 for 1 pass is yours!
Don't forget the BrisStyle Promo table is your one stop shop for indie zines, limited edition totes and information on all things BrisStyle.

Food & Entertainment
While feasting your eyes on all the fab handmade goods, you'll be able to indulge your ears in the big band sounds from Brisbane's Brass Roots Live. They're set to get the square swinging to the sounds of Frank Sinatra from 7.30pm
Drop into the King George Square Groove Train for a bite to eat and a cold bevvy or over to the Coffee Hit for a hot toddy. There are also a plethora of great places to eat in the city as well as ATM's just across the road. Just perfect to make a night of it!

Find Us!
......rain or shine! So if the weather is a little on the crazy side, make sure to look for us up on the large undercover deck located above The Groove Train in King George Square.
If you park underneath in the King George Square Car Park the lift will take you directly upstairs to the deck. Otherwise come up via the lift and stairs in the square itself or via the ramp on Anne Street.
Please be sure to check our facebook page after midday on Friday to check if we will be in the square or deck-side.

King George Square is conveniently located in the heart of Brisbane's transit hub. With the new busway and King George Square Car Park underneath and Roma St and Central Stations close by, it's super easy to come into town no matter what your preferred mode of transport.
In particular the King George Square Car Park offers super cheap nightly rates from 4:30pm onwards:
Up to half an hour $6
More than one hour only $12

Presented by BrisStyle Inc and supported by the Brisbane City Council, the BrisStyle indie Twilight Market is an event not to be missed. So support your local community and shop ethically at Brisbane's HOTtest destination for everything handmade under the stars!


Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Tuesday Treasury: White Wonder

This week's 'Tuesday Treasury' was inspired by all things white and wintery! Snow, white fluffy beanies and the cool crisp air. We hope you like 'White Wonder'!

To view the full size treasury click HERE!

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Creative Networking in the suburbs...

Many thanks to all who came along to soak up the local crafty vibes at last week's Creative Networking Nights as part of the BrisStyle Craft Caravan's inclusion in the June 3 Racecourse Road Carnival.

First stop was Brisbane's Hamilton Ward where Rebecca, Steph, Freda and Dawn took us on their creative journey's. We were encouraged to join crafting groups, think about exhibiting our work, inspired to re-purpose materials and other found objects and of course, to say "I can do that" to any new project that came our way! ( Thanks Freda) 

Steph showing the diversity in her work
Dawn describing her creative process
Penny, Amanda and Karen talking craft

Julie, Dyani and Betsy talking craft guilds

The captivated Hamilton audience

Next stop was Bracken Ridge, Marchant and Deagon Ward's creative hub of Sandgate....and what a centre of inspiration it was! This time we were there as part of the BrisStyle Craft Caravan's inclusion in the June 2 Zillmere Festival.
Fifi and Linda Judie and Vicki  wowed us with their creative journey's and taught us how to shimmy, what a weighted blanket does and how easy it is to showcase your wares through retail. 
Fifi and Linda take us on their creative journey

Then teach us how to bellydance...Kazuri Tribe style!

Judie inspired us with creative tales from Chermside Library's  Sisters of Stitch

Vicki kindled our passion for handmade
Tea, supper, giggles and lot's of crafty networking abounded

It was a night of connecting associates, old and new friends with each other and their crafty endeavours

Thanks to everyone who braved the cool snap to embrace creativity in their local areas. Thanks for all the fabulous comments too......

"Great speakers and network opportunity, Thank You" 

"I didn't know there were so many creative people in my suburb and so many groups to join!"

"Very inspiring to hear from and meet so many creative people who live in my suburb"

"Brilliant fun getting to know new crafters and designers"

"So nice to know there are people like me living just around the corner"

For more local crafty networking opportunities join us at the...

BrisStyle Craft Caravan 


Friday 1 June 10am - 4pm King George Square, Brisbane

Saturday 2 June  11am - 5pm  Zillmere Multicultural Festival

Sunday   3 June   9am - 4pm Racecourse Road Carnival 

See you all then!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Brisbane Brown Owls, BrisStyle and Bunting!

Last Saturday Brisbane Brown Owls teamed up with BrisStyle for some bunting making fun as part of the BrisStyle Craft Caravan!

The gorgeous new Carindale Library played host to the session

.......and turned on a sweet morning tea for all. 

Gail skillfully cut out the diamonds 

 Owls and BrisStylettes chose their fabric (donated by the ever so generous Steph from Wimcee)

......and creating and embellishing of fabric bunting began. Sandrine was on hand to capture the morning with her amazing photography skills.

..and the finish products were a celebration of individual expression!

Debuting at the first of the BrisStyle craft Caravan events this week.

Find out how you can join the BrisStyle Craft Caravan's Community Bunting Project:

The day may be over but it's just the start of community created bunting near and far. The Owls have been collecting some bunting inspiration over on Pinterest here and  will be on hand on June 1 and 3 with some hints and tips on creating your very own bunting.

So mark your handmade diaries and join in all the creativity at......

Festival, Market Stalls and Worskhop Activities

Friday 1 June 10am - 4pm King George Square, Brisbane
Saturday 2 June  11am - 5pm  Zillmere Multicultural Festival
Sunday   3 June   9am - 4pm Racecourse Road Carnival 
Images courtesy of Sandrine Marsh Photgraphy