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The Historical and Artistic Perspective of Karmai - Korumburra

The purpose of the event was to bring the community of Korumburra together to engage in a reflective discussion about the Karmai Festival that was successfully run in Korumburra from the 1970s to the mid-1990s.

To accompany the discussion, an art exhibition was held showcasing historical pieces that were themed around Karmai.

The exhibition created great excitement, celebrating and acknowledging a piece of Korumburra’s history. Karmai is, in itself, a fantastic example of community coming together to achieve great things. It has a warm place in many people’s hearts. The exhibition seemed to refresh these fond memories and provide a space for people to share them with others in Korumburra.

The art pieces used in the exhibition were the result of a public art competition that included three adult award-winning pieces and three children’s award-winning pieces. These were judged by local artists and there was a people’s choice award that successfully engaged the Korumburra community.

During the event, 437 people attended over the 22 days it was open – 60 of those on opening night. Visitors included locals from South Gippsland and visitors from Queensland, New South Wales, Adelaide and ‘Grey Nomads’ passing through the area at the right time. Three school groups also visited the exhibition.

Profits from the event were directed to prize winners, cover costs, and donate to the children’s centre.

This event was a great example of the willingness of local businesses to support events in our region and the community impact events have on South Gippsland.

Historical and Artistic Perspective of Karmai