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Meryl to develop new festival

Tuesday, 12th March, 2013

Ex-local Meryl Rogers is to develop the Summer Vibes’ new arts festival this year. Ex-local Meryl Rogers is to develop the Summer Vibes’ new arts festival this year.

By Emily Roberts

The former manager of the Sydney Fringe Festival has taken up the job of Project Officer of the city's Summer Vibes Festival.

Meryl Rogers' appointment was announced by The Patton Village Community and Business Association (PVCBA) Committee.

Her position has been funded by RDA Far West to help develop and stage a new regional arts festival, building on the Summer Vibes Festival held last year.

Based on feedback from the public, the new event will take place from October 17 to 26 this year.

In addition to a film festival, it will feature all the creative industries and include the entire region. "Summer Vibes was a great initiative, and thanks to the support of RDA Far West, this is the next step in developing a community- based annual regional arts event for everyone," said PVCBA Chairman Jason King.

"We want to have lots of events over 10 days rather than 10 weeks held at a time of year more accessible to locals and visitors.

"We are very excited that former 'Southie' Meryl decided to make Broken Hill her home again after so many years and that she has agreed to take on this important role.

"She brings more than thirty years of experience in the performing arts and a large network of contacts across the industry."

Meryl said her role will include bringing the whole thing together.

"As project officer, I imagine I will be putting the festival on in Broken Hill, in conjunction with Jason and other parties with the Summer Vibes festival," she said.

"We are looking for a variety of people that would like to promote their talents and work with the festival."

Meryl has worked in the performing arts industry for many years and her last job was managing the Sydney Fringe.

"I have run my own company and worked as a management service for arts companies," she said.

She said she took the job because she liked getting behind good ideas.

While the committee has already begun programming the community festival, they are calling for expressions of interest from any individual, group or business, arts or otherwise, that wish to get involved, either as an organiser or by staging an event or offering a venue.

"This event is obviously far bigger than Patton Village, and for it to work, we require assistance from the community. We have a solid core concept and a great arts manager in Meryl Rogers," said Mr King.

"All we need now is local artists and community- minded individuals and businesses to come on board."

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