ROCK IDOL: Akira Franklin watches Elvis Dad Baz Franklin perform at the Restamped Crush Event in Post Office Lane.
ROCK IDOL: Akira Franklin watches Elvis Dad Baz Franklin perform at the Restamped Crush Event in Post Office Lane. Paul Donaldson BUNRES

Bundaberg lane receives artistic makeover

POST Office Lane was transformed on Saturday with the artistic community re-imagining the public space into an art hub.

The one-off Restamped event attracted a crowd of about 3000 onlookers throughout the afternoon.

Inspired by the popular laneways in Melbourne, Crush Festival co-ordinator Ainsley Gatley said the successful event was part of the Place Activation Project.

"The idea is to activate places that are not used very often to get people to look at them in a different light," she said.

"It was initiated after the 2013 floods and it was about putting something positive in places where there has been negative experiences.

"It is about artists and the role art plays in the Bundaberg community."

From a Writers Salon, live music on two stages and Mumma's Nest Twilight Markets, there was something to entertain people from all walks of life.

"It was a very hands-on experience from chalk drawing on the ground for kids to flower making," Ms Gatley said.

Ms Gatley said the event, held from 3pm to 9pm, had a steady stream of visitors.

"The flow through from 3pm onwards was fantastic," Ms Gatley said.

"The Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery had huge numbers come through their doors."

The positive feedback from the event has led to speculation there may be similar events held in the future.

"Everyone was saying that this was what Bundaberg needs," Ms Gatley said.

Restamped was a collaborative effort between Bundaberg Regional Council and Creative Regions.



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