Grafton Artsfest opens with a splash

GRAFTON Artsfest is in full swing, following a ballet performance and an official opening.

A Night at the Ballet began the week-long festival on Friday night, followed by the musical Memory Lane ? 1939 to 1945, and the official opening on Saturday night at the Grafton District Services Club.

Yesterday's program highlighted a tutors' exhibition at the Grafton Regional Gallery and a tutors' concert at the Grafton Cathedral.

Grafton Artsfest president Fay Boyd said the two evenings had been a fantastic way to start the festival.

"It has been a superb, amazing, mind-boggling start to the week," she said.

"The highlight for me has been the ballet. It was just one of the most wonderful cultural events we've had in Grafton for a long while."

The festival will run until Thursday. It will feature 60 workshops and tutorials catering for more than 500 students.

Mrs Boyd said there were a host of events to look forward to, with the most eagerly anticipated being the student exhibition at Grafton High School.

"To see what the students achieve from raw beginnings over the six days is one of the most rewarding things of the week," she said.

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