A stirring rendition of the song Leave a Light On by Ipswich artist Wild Eyed Wonder and the City of Ipswich Pipe Band has been viewed almost 30,000 times as the city’s Festival of 4 Walls hits top gear.
The online event, presented by Ipswich Festivals, launched earlier this month to allow audiences to experience, from the safety and comfort of their own home, elements of festivals and events that would have been if not for COVID-19.
The clip by Wild Eyed Wonder and members of the City of Ipswich Band was created in celebration of The Gathering, which would have been held this month in celebration of Celtic music, culture and performance.
The song’s message of holding on in challenging times struck a chord with viewers, many of whom shared their appreciation on Facebook.
Comments included “Nice arrangement. So many people struggling with mental health issues, they need our support and a lot more help” and “Very beautiful and a wonderful message in the song. Loved it”.
Another festival clip is also proving popular, a home workout video with Brisbane Broncos captain Alex Glenn, which has been viewed more than 25,000 times.
Glenn shares what he has been up to during isolation and shares one of his favourite home workouts to help viewers keep active and healthy.
There is still plenty to come from the Festival of 4 Walls. Here is a look at what’s still happening now and what’s ahead:
Bring The Gathering into your home
There is still time to bring The Gathering into your home with the wonder of augmented reality. All you need to do is download the free EyeJack app and share your app photos or videos to enter the competition to win a hamper of Scottish goodies courtesy of Ripley Town Centre and tickets to the 2021 The Gathering. More info here.
Spread the cheer pavement style
Beautiful works of art have been springing up right across Ipswich with the Pavement Art’s Alive competition. It’s not too late to enter with Arts Alive class vouchers and Arttime vouchers up for grabs. There is a winner each week until 5 June. Details on how to enter here.
Enjoy an exclusive tour of Gooloowan house
In honour of the National Trust Great Houses of Ipswich event, you can take part in an exclusive online behind the scenes look inside Gooloowan. Known as ‘The House on the Hill’, it is on Quarry Street Denmark Hill overlooking the City of Ipswich and has a rich history, extending back to the purchasing of the land in 1862 by famous Ipswich resident Benjamin Cribb. Keep an eye on the Ipswich Festivals Facebook page for this online release.
Hit the fast lane with Campo
Radio announcer Campo from River 94.9 is going to be let loose on the drag strip at Willowbank Raceway. Who can say what will happen, but it’s sure to be entertaining. Keep your eye on the Ipswich Festivals Facebook page for all the action.
Live and in your lounge room
Don’t miss the next two Live Streamed! at the Baptist online events. The first is Annie at the Helm on Saturday, 30 May at 6.30pm. On Saturday, 6 June tune in to support local musicians Taylor Wilton and Brooke Austen for a great Saturday night in. Enjoy these events via the Ipswich Festivals Facebook page.
Your very own street art mural
While we are waiting for Brisbane Street Art Festival to roll out later in the year, one lucky business or home owner will win their very own street art mural by local street artist Corey Eggmolesse in partnership with Dulux. Stay tuned for further details to be released on Ipswich Festivals Facebook page.
For all the latest updates on the Festival of 4 Walls head to the @Ipswichfestivals Facebook page.
The Festival of 4 Walls is part of Ipswich City Council’s Ipswich Together program, which is about helping the community respond to and recover from COVID-19.