EXCITEMENT BUBBLING: Opera at Jimbour House is back with vocals sure to wow audience members.
EXCITEMENT BUBBLING: Opera at Jimbour House is back with vocals sure to wow audience members. Contributed

Spotlight on Western Downs for cultural event

IT'S a weekend just as important for our town's economy as it is to the promotion of cultural life in the region.

Opera at Jimbour will welcome the masses from across the Western Downs and beyond.

For the first time, the concert will be a ticketed event but Mayor Paul McVeigh assures the move will only enhance the experience for visitors.

"Large-scale events such as the Opera at Jimbour are important for our local economy as they attract visitors from outside the Western Downs, many of whom grab the chance to stay a while longer and enjoy other things on offer in the region,” Cr McVeigh said.

"A ticketed event supports longer-term sustainability. Not only is the event a chance for an evening out with family and friends, it's a way to showcase the facilities on offer that visitors may not have experienced before.

"A venue as magnificent as Jimbour Station is something to be shared and visitors can look forward to great atmosphere, music and culture, browsing the artisan markets, a great day out with friends at an iconic venue, an array of delicious food, enjoying a cultural experience over a glass of champagne or a beer, a cider in the sun,” Cr McVeigh said.

"This is also a great opportunity for our locals to enjoy a fun social outing, especially when some are dealing with difficult times such as our ongoing drought.”

On show for this year will be a selection of all-time favourite pieces from internationally renowned operas.

Happy hour in the Jimbour Homestead Hangar is tipped to be the most popular attraction, with plenty of drinks on tap.

To recover from your evening's antics, a family- friendly picnic at the homestead is available for all to make the most of.

To purchase your tickets, visit www.opera atjimbour.com.

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