Chalk it up for some holiday fun

Pavement fun ... The Chalk Urban Art festival.
Pavement fun ... The Chalk Urban Art festival. 

It is hard to forget the scene from Mary Poppins where she takes Bert and the children into the chalk world of one of his drawings. All of a sudden they are transported into a world of imagination and with just the right amount of creativity your kids could be enjoying their very own chalk pavement adventure these school holidays.

The Chalk Urban Art Festival is returning for another year of fun, art and culture. The festival will showcase more than 30 local and national artists, an international celebrity chef and food artist, with a range of activities and prizes to interest the whole family.

The Founder and Director of Chalk Urban Art Festival, Andi Mether, says that it is a great way to keep the kids entertained over the school holiday period.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for children to get outdoors and have fun during the school holidays, to interact with their friends, see some fun displays and have a go at creating their own chalk masterpiece,” she said.
While the festival will be showcasing some amazing talent this year, spectators are encouraged to get involved in the process.

“It’s a very interactive festival so there are lots of opportunities for the public to be involved in the art themselves. Spectators can chat with the artists as they’re working, vote for their favourite piece to win the $1,000 People’s Choice Award, create their own artwork or just sit back and take in the artworks as they progress and come to life”, says Mether.

If you are the competitive type you can take the kids along for some practice before the event. Former festival winner, Julie Dove will be conducting chalk workshops at Centre Court Stockland, Wetherill Park from Sunday 2 October to Thursday 6 October from 1pm -2pm daily.

The kids will also be fascinated by the amazing work of Charlie Yan as he carves up some unbelievable displays of fruit and vegetables. Food and art will merge before your eyes and you might have a little trouble looking at your next fruit salad the same way. Let’s just hope the kids don’t start expecting you to carve the Little Mermaid into their watermelon each morning for breakfast.

What: The Chalk Urban Art Festival
When: 6-9 October
Where: Church Street, Parramatta
Cost: FREE
More information: visit the website www.chalkurbanart.com