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From carnival rides, cartoon characters, arts and crafts, an animal farm, gourmet food, market stalls and the Western Sydney Wanderers… to displays of more than 1,000 artworks, vintage British cars, exquisite fine jewellery and a high tea on the courtyard of a magnificent Victorian mansion, The King’s Spring Festival 2013 is sure to feature something for everyone from 10.00am-4.00pm on Saturday 24 August and Sunday 25 August.
Staged on the picturesque grounds of The King’s School at North Parramatta – Australia’s oldest independent school for boys – the King’s Spring Festival, run in conjunction with The King’s School’s Annual Art Show, is now in its 34th year of spotlighting the works of leading artists including former Archibald winners Craig Ruddy and Geoff Dyer (2012 King’s Art Prize winner) as well as Matthew Johnson, Guy Warren, Richard Allen, Melissa Egan and Martine Emdur.
With three on-site art exhibitions – including the King’s Art Prize Retrospective featuring the 13 finalist entires for the 2013 King’s Art Prize, the Gowan Brae Exhibition and the Horrocks Hall Art Exhibition of more than 1,000 paintings, etchings, photographs and scultptures by prominent local and international artists – The King’s Spring Festival will thrill and inspire art-lovers and investors alike.
Toddlers, tweens and teens will also relish in the King’s Spring Festival myriad of entertainment to include a Springfree Trampoline Jump Zone, dogem cars, carnival rides, farmyard animals, London bus rides, face-painting, balloon-bending and 11.00am and 2.00pm live show appearances by the Bananas in Pyjamas, Miffy and Teddy Rock on both days of the Festival.
On Saturday 24 August, players from the Western Sydney Wanderers will be onsite to meet fans following a Heritage Football game between ex-Socceroos and King’s School players on the JS White Oval from 2.00pm. Commemorating the first official football game played in NSW (Gentleman Wanderers vs The King’s School) back in August 1880, the special match will be FREE to all spectators.
On Sunday, an All British Car Rally will rev-up motoring-enthusiasts with a showcase of more than 1,500 vintage and current models from carmakers such as Rolls Royce, Aston Martin, Range Rover and Jaguar.
High Tea at the Gowan Brae mansion on both days of the Festival will offer guests a dash of vintage and a sprinkle of daintiness in addition to an assortment of sweets, pastries and sandwiches with tea or champagne on the courtyard of the magnificent and remarkably-preserved Victorian manor. The King’s Spring Festival will also dazzle attendees, with an exhibition and sale-event of exquisite jewellery.
From glamorous and glitzy to glorious gourmet food and wine, the King’s Spring Festival and Art Show will also feature cheese and wine tastings compliments of Brokenwood Wines and more than 80 market stalls.
The King’s School Headmaster, Dr Tim Hawkes, said The King’s Spring Festival weekend and its “Jewel in the Crown,” the King’s Annual Art Show, has become a highlight event on the Sydney calendar.
“The King’s Annual Art Show and the Spring Festival weekend has flourished into an event for all Sydneysiders – not only for those directly connected to The King’s School. It is a celebration of the arts and of community, both of which are special elements of the King’s experience. We’re delighted to welcome everyone to share in the Festival fun as we bid farewell to winter and welcome the warmer weather,” said Dr Tim Hawkes.
A vehicle access and parking fee of $2 will be charged upon entry to the event and Carnival Ride Passes will be charged at $5 per individual ride or $30 per person per day.
A unique opportunity to experience the facilities, arts and culture-based programs offered by The King’s School, information about the Festival is available at springfestival.kings.edu.au and facebook.com/kingsspringfestival.
The King’s School is located at 87-129 Pennant Hills Road, North Parramatta.