Bid to get $25k for laser trial for Mt Roland

ORGANISERS want to raise $25,000 to conduct a trial event testing the technical feasibility of a laser light show projected onto the face of Mount Roland.
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The Kentish Art, Commerce and Tourism group has proposed a bold new winter festival, which would include a laser show on the iconic mountain as its centrepiece.

Kentish ACT also stages International Mural Fest at Sheffield.

Tourism entrepreneur and Kentish ATC president Des Brown has high hopes for the proposed Fire and Light Festival to achieve for the North-West what Dark Mofo has for Hobart.

Mr Brown said a “proof of concept” laser trial would cost $25,000 to do it properly.

The Mount Roland Laser Show Project Committee was formed and aims to use the arts-based crowdfunding incentive platform Crowbar to raise the money.

Mount Roland.

“I’ve never been involved in a project like this one where so many people have said from the outset to count them in,” Mr Brown said.

“We need 2500 people to put in $10 each for the laser trial and I’ve had pensioners pledge money, but we want businesses to give more like $1000. I call them the dream makers.

“We want this to be a North-West push for a major new festival that will benefit the region.”

Mr Brown said he recently presented the festival and laser trial idea to Kentish Council and representatives of the Cradle Coast Authority, and received positive support.

“Based on the theme of fire and light, the headline act of the two to three-week festival would be a laser light show, set to music, that uses Mount Roland as its canvas,” he said.

The Fire and Light Festival would include a showcase of local food and wine at an event warmed by campfires, fire shows, music and dance.

Des Brown.

Mr Brown said he hoped the festival would become a second major winter festival in Tasmania and complement Dark Mofo.

He said the laser show technical trial would become stage one of making the Fire and Light Festival happen.

“First, we fund a trial and prove how it works and then we go to the state government for funds to support a major festival in the North-West.”

He said a significant amount of state money has gone into presenting Dark Mofo as part of a three-year funding deal that was struck. He said the government had released a five-year events strategy that included a start-up fund for regional events.

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