What does it take to re-localise the economy and IGNITE a sleepy bayside township? A creative initiative, a whole lot of volunteers, community and commerce input and a festival of light!
IGNITE Redlands! was the culmination of extensive community development undertaken while Elise was the Community Cultural Development Officer for Redland City Council. The project was leveraged through grant funding from Arts Link Qld, commercial support and enormous community input through local arts group, Red Arts to help invigorate the normally sleepy bayside town of Cleveland over a three day festival of light.
Statistics from the event demonstrated more than 4000 attendees came through the township, activating the local economy for the restaurants and businesses in the street, with one local restaurant recording a turnover greater than their Sydney based counterpart.
Elise and fellow artists Treena Christie and Trish Dobson curated contributions by local SEQ artists to form a light sculpture garden called “In the Light Garden” which attracted hundreds of participants.
Subsequently, the area has established a ‘Placemaking’ focus through the local chamber of commerce, with an active creative alliance network, monthly twilight markets, regular live music events along with the local weekly markets and has fostered a continued linkage between the community and the local council.