Oxfam and Barnardos win Festival grand prizes for creative showcases


Two charity shops, Oxfam and Barnardos, were voted winners of this year’s festival showcase competition in the town of Wexford.

xfam received the “Most Creative Window” award while Barnardos received the “Best Use of Space” award.

Once a highlight of the Opera Festival, the showcase competition has been inactive in recent years, but has been relaunched this year, with more than 50 outlets and businesses registering to participate.

To celebrate the festival’s 70th anniversary, the theme was ‘Wexford in the 1950s’, which proved to be a popular choice with imaginative attendees who fully embraced the nostalgia in unearthing vintage clothes, furniture and period opera memorabilia to dress their windows.

An added incentive this year has been the availability of a creative team at the Wexford Festival Opera to help with ideas and research for vintage accessories.

Companies went to great lengths to decorate their windows and there was a buzz in the city as the judges РJulia Burbach, director of the Wexford Festival Opera, C̩cile Tr̩moli̬res, decorator and costume designer, and Alan Corcoran of South East Radio Рhave done the tour. inspect participating premises.

The awards were sponsored by Skytel Rocket Broadband, a local company specializing in providing fiber optic broadband and wireless broadband to commercial and residential customers in the county.

Walking around the city looking at the colorful shop windows is one of the fondest memories of the festival for many locals and visitors and this year, thanks to the relaunch of the competition, they can live the experience again.

The competition coincides with a photographic exhibition at the Wexford Library which features scenes from Wexford during the opera festival’s first decade.

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