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Looking forward to the Canberra Ukulele Festival are Tuggeranong youth worker Mariana del Calstillo, Fiona
Walsh, Clare Newman, Natasha Liva, Dish Wheller, Gus McGrath and Adam Dicko.
Picture: Elesa Lee
to same song
TUGGERANONG will this weekend
host one of Australia's biggest gather-
ings of ukulele players at the inaugural
Canberra Ukulele Festival.
The festival, which is being hosted
by the Tuggeranong Arts Centre, is a
unique celebration for an increasingly
It is hoped up to 500 people will take
part in the Ukestock section of the
festival, a mass ukulele play-along
picnic on the lawns beside the arts
centre overlooking Lake Tuggeranong.
Festival organiser Andrew Hackwill
encouraged beginners and seasoned
veterans on the instrument to take part
''We can guarantee people who
have never played the instrument
before will be competent in half a
dozen songs by the end of Ukestock,''
''It is an instrument that can be
played using one finger.''
Apart from Ukestock, other features
at the festival include workshops,
performances, sales, prizes and jam
Mr Hackwill said the ukulele had
grown enormously in popularity over
the past decade and part of this was
because of the social experience that
came with playing it.
''In the last 10 years there has been
an enormous boom for the ukulele --
demand has been outstripping supply
four to one,'' he said.
''It is such an accessible instrument.
It is light and portable and you can get
by with one that's worth about $30.
''And it is also a vehicle to get
people connected. This festival is less
about the instrument itself as it is about
bringing people together.
''Uke people are happy people --
playing it is good for the soul.''
Tuggeranong Arts Centre director
Dominic Mico said he was hopeful of
making the festival an annual event at
the centre and making Tuggeranong
the ukulele centre of Canberra.
The Canberra Ukulele Festival
takes place on Saturday, October 1 at
the Tuggeranong Arts Centre, starting
at 9.30am and finishing about 5pm.
Tickets cost $15 for adults, $10
concession and $40 for a family.
Participation in the Ukestock section
of the festival is free.
People wanting more information
can call the arts centre on 6293 1443.
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