Golden bee (Simon Peart) buzzes into the Hive at the Closing Ceremony Kids event.

Golden bees ~ Simon Peart, Bernadette Boscacci, Julia Cazita-Mazeaud, Saintinna DeMoleay, Lisa Horton, David Bowtell, Astrid (baby bee) and Chris Kahler participated in the Palm Creek Folk Festival 2017.

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In the months leading up to the festival, golden bee’s Townsville based BB worked in collaboration with Rachel Cook of Townsville Youth Network NQ and Cath Loveday of Cajam Kids Circus to plan and prepare for a range of bee-related arts activities to be held at the festival.  Together these volunteers printed crew shirts for the volunteers and a ream of fabric with golden bee and honeycomb designs.

At the festival, The Youth Network’s infamous ‘Stomp Box’ was renamed The Honey Pot and the well-know ‘Meadow’ workshop playground was re-dubbed the Hive. During the 3 days of the festival these spaces were ablaze with busy bees’ activity, bee imagery and loaded with the golden bee ethos of sustainable network culture in the service of ecology as typified by the bees.  

Simon Peart, Sainttina De Moleay and Lisa Horton travelled from the south to assist in establishing the Golden Bee Collective hive at the festival and to volunteer as performers.

Here’s what Simon Peart (visiting Golden Bee from NSW) wrote:

Reflections on the Palm Creek Folk Festival 2017

This Year I attended the Palm Creek Folk Festival as a volunteer performer and workshop leader and I would like to share a few thoughts that may help the ongoing success of the festival.

Firstly I would like to say that my overall experience was extremely positive. I enjoyed the variety and quality of acts and activities, the pleasant and relaxed camping situation and the friendly, positive nature of other festival goers. There were lots of great activities for kids in the workshop spaces. I liked the ecological and social foci of activities. The many stage performances were great. And of course the fire performance was very spectacular and included many hardworking performers.

As a suggestion from my years of working in similar events, I wondered if some of that energy could have gone into the parade and other roving performance opportunities. Probably not the fire acts themselves but some of the costumed characters would have made great roving performances.

For the Parade, we arrived at the designated location, following our considerable costume preparation, only to find the parade had left early. From conversations with musicians involved I gather there was not really an opportunity to develop their contribution to their full potential. In future I think the parade could be an exciting element to the festival – it would benefit from an extra dedicated organisational role held by one or more people with specific experience in that area of festivals. This kind of organisational role could bring together musicians/stage performers, workshop participants, roving performers, costume makers etc. and make the most of their input.

Overall I had a great time at the festival and I appreciate all the hard work that goes into it. I hope to be back again soon.

Cheers, Simon