Launch of Blue Mountains Creative Arts Network

More than a hundred people turned out for the recent BMCAN Launch Party and Creative Leaders Awards, held in the Baroque Room, Katoomba, on 18 October 2018.
The event celebrated the Blue Mountains Creative Arts Network. BMCAN is the new identity of BMAN, the group behind the popular local Arts Trails and Open Studios programs.
“We have worked hard with various people to transform BMAN into BMCAN, which celebrates not only the visual arts, but now all performing and literary arts too” said BMCAN president Graham Tribe.

The Creative Leaders Awards night is set to become an annual event on the arts calendar,
says BMCAN's Barbara Lepani. Ms Lepani first proposed the awards concept late last year.
"The Chamber of Commerce celebrates our business leaders, but in this City of Arts, who is
celebrating our wonderful creative leaders?", she said.
"For the inaugural awards, we focused on eleven people from across the arts spectrum who
are active in the community, supporting other artists to flourish.”
Audience members were treated to performances by guitarist Bernie White, violinist Maizy
Coombes, and poet Greg North, with dancing from Veronica Gilmer, Rika Kristall, Dark Elixir
and Jo Clancy. Celebrating the multi-arts theme, the room also featured sculpture by Simon
Hearn, floral art by Brigitte Gourdain and "wearable art" by RR Pascoe.

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