The South West’s most talented regional artists and performers are set to shine with the return of Collie’s ‘Festiv Arty’. The 2021 festival will celebrate its 30th year in the region, after it was cancelled last year due to COVID-19. The 10-day ‘Festiv Arty’ will include an art competition, talent show, arts and crafts workshops and highly anticipated street fair. The street fair will be held on Sunday, September 21, showcasing some of Collie’s best market stalls, food trucks, live entertainment and activities. People are invited to take part in activities featuring a range of categories to suit all skills, including painting, textiles, woodwork and sculpture. Activities are suited to a range of ages, including “paint and sip” events for the adults, beginners mosaic classes and face painting. The festival will also feature a “Collie’s got Talent” event as part of Sunday’s street fair, where brave performers are invited to showcase their talents. Festival co-ordinator Sasacha Shepherd said the community was excited about the return of the festival. “The best thing about the festival is the community spirit, having a space to celebrate their art with some friendly local competition,” she said. “A couple of the workshops are already booked out, so it shows how happy everyone is to have something to do again.” Ms Shepherd said the festival gave regional artists a chance to showcase their work. “Artists work in their studios all day, so it gives them exposure,” she said. “It’s just wonderful for the community to get together again and celebrating all things art.” Collie Shire president Sarah Stanley said she hoped the event would attract other South West residents to the region. “Our longest running arts festival is the perfect opportunity to showcase our wonderful town and new mural trail,” she said. The festival will run from September 10 to September 19.