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Rochester Mural Festival planned for March

The Rochester Mural Festival will feature murals similar to ones displayed in Sheffield, Tasmania.

GRAHAM WILLIS August 20, 2014 3:43am

A mural in Sheffield, Tasmania.

A festival planned for Rochester early in 2015 aims to attract thousands of visitors to the district.

The Rochester Mural Festival will be run in conjunction with Sheffield Tasmania, which attracts worldwide attention.

The theme of the festival is Ride Like the Wind and entrants will provide a mini-mural for judging.

A Committee for Rochester initiative, the festival will be held in the Moore St precinct, featuring eight murals created by finalists in an Australia-wide competition.

Entries will be judged by a professional panel and the eight artists will then create their own murals on-site across the festival week.

The murals will remain on display for the next 12 months, creating a fantastic attraction for visitors to the town.

Each year, Sheffield receives hundreds of bus tours and other visitors to view their murals.

The Rochester organising committee has been licensed by the Sheffield group which is providing advice and direction for the project.

‘‘Our festival will be held on the first week of March and end on the long weekend,’’ C4R project officer Graeme Robertson said.

The organising committee has received sponsorship for the event from Bendigo Community Bank, Campaspe Shire and the Rochester Development Committee, as well as individuals.

A regional metal firm has donated materials for the construction of mural stands, while James Hardie will provide the mural boards.

Discussions have also started with a paint manufacturer.

Anyone wishing to be part of the venture are welcome, with many volunteers needed to help in making the event a success.

Those interested in helping or sponsorship should contact Mr Robertson on 0409236211.

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