An invitation to smile

PEOPLE of all abilities will be grinning from ear to ear at the Festival of Smiles, to be held on Sunday 3 December.

The Festival of Smiles (FOS) is a community event celebrating and recognising International Day for People with Disabilities.

The local event is an opportunity for people of all ages and abilities to join together and enjoy fun activities, food and performance.

This year, the festival is being led by Clarence and will be held at the new Bellerive Beach Park and All Abilities Playground.

There will be live performances, information and activity stalls, food and interactive fun – all of which is sure to make everyone smile.

For the past seven-years, Clarence City Council has worked closely with the Hobart City Council, Glenorchy City Council and Tascare Society for Children to provide a community all-abilities event in each local government area.

This year, the 2016 theme “Festival of Smiles” is being continued, with Kingborough Council now joining the partnership.

Clarence City Council Disability Access Advisory Committee chairperson Alderman Debra Thurley said Council valued all members of the community.

“And we are proud of our All Abilities Playground, which is like no other in Tasmania and offers a range of equipment that people with disabilities can also enjoy,” she said.

“We are looking forward to hosting an event that will bring some joy to all, no matter what their abilities are.”

All members of the wider community will be able to participate in a new fun and free art activity at this year’s festival.

In the months leading up to the festival, people with a disability, support staff and service providers have been given the opportunity to unleash their creativity and get involved with the FOS community arts project.

The collective committee has engaged local community arts educator Roseanne McKeand to facilitate the art project, which will result in a five-panelled installation to be displayed as the entry to the main gates of the event.

The Festival of Smiles will be held on Sunday 3 December from 11am-2pm at Bellerive Beach Park.

People of all ages and abilities are welcome.

For more information visit tascare.org.au.

Caption: People of all ages and abilities are invited to attend the Festival of Smiles, to be held at Bellerive Beach Park on 3 December.