The start of Autumn in Brisbane is usually picture perfect and a great time to be out and about with the family. This month Brisbane hosts an eclectic mix of community festivals including the brand new Clancestry Festival.
Courtesy of bluewaterfestival.org.au
A welcome addition to the Brisbane festival calendar, Clancestry is an exciting and innovative celebration of the arts and cultural practices of the world's First Nation Peoples. As is fitting, in its inaugural year the main focus will be on Australia's own First Nation Peoples - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.
Nunukul Yuggera dancers - courtesy of qpac.com.au
The bulk of the festival program is to be held from Friday 1st - Sunday 3rd March at QPAC; on the three evenings prior there will be free talks, Clancestry Conversations held at 6.00pm - check the timetable for more details.
Free concerts will be held under the stars at the Riverside Stage, Cultural Forecourt on Friday and Saturday night, the former featuring Troy Cassar-Daley. Saturday and Sunday's program boasts all day entertainment at Cascade Court including contemporary and traditional performances from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island performers. Likewise the Melbourne St Green Family Area will feature a range of performances, kid's activities, storytelling and traditional arts and crafts demonstrations. All day Sunday the QPAC pedestrian tunnel will host markets featuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, design and craft.
Belle Flowers - courtesy of qpac.com.au
Headlining Clancestry is dirtsong, the most recent production from eclectic ensemble Black Arm Band. A musical medley inspired by the words of award winning author Alexis Wright, the performance will feature eleven different Aboriginal languages and a unique mix of the traditional and contemporary, performed by artists such as Archie Roach, Lou Bennett, Jimmy Barnes, Paul Dempsey and Deline Briscoe. Tickets for dirtsong are priced from $65 and can be purchased online.
Archie Roach - courtesy of qpac.com.au
Overall Clancestry looks to be a cracker of a festival and a fun way to celebrate and support the rich culture and heritage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
BrizVegas Kustom Karnival
Get your motor running and head out on the highway to the BrizVegas Kustom Karnival at the Acacia Ridge Hotel on Sunday March 10 from 11.00am - 6.00pm. Now in its second year this is an all ages event that promises to be a fun filled afternoon celebrating all aspects of Kustom Kulture.
Get down and dirty with rockabilly bands, djs, dancing and a hot rod display. Perouse the Low Brow art display and wander through the indoor market place,or stop by the barbers for a groovy new hairdo. There will be kids activities, food and drink stalls, and a pinup girl parade.
Courtesy of kustomkulture.com
Courtesy of kustomkulture.com
An exciting program of live music will keep your toes tapping and includes special international guests Los Straitjackets (USA) and CC Jerome's Jetsetters (Netherlands).Tickets are $20 in advance from the website or $25 at the door; kids under 15 get in for free.
This family festival by the bay epitomises the spirit of community attracting thousands of visitors from far and wide each year. A celebration of all things sailing, the Bluewater Festival marks the start of the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race off Shorncliffe on Good Friday.
Yacht race from behind Shorncliffe Pier - courtesy of bluewaterfestival.org.au
The festivities kick off with Bluewater Bayfire Night on Thursday 28th March, a free concert in Lower Moora Park at Shorncliffe (5-9pm) featuring The Little Big Band, the Kazuri Tribe dance group, fireworks on the bay, and finishing with a rocking Joe Cocker tribute band. There will be food and market stalls, carnival rides and roving performers on hand to keep everyone satisfied and entertained.
Thursday night fireworks 7.30pm - courtesy of bluewaterfestival.org.au
The celebrations continue on Good Friday from 9.00am - 4.00pm with live entertainment on two stages, roving magician, carnival rides, market and food stalls, animal farm, beach pony rides and more. Crowds converge to see the start of the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race which kicks off at 11.00am, and the Brisbane to Gladstone Multihull Yacht Race at 11.10am.
Bluewater really is a fun day out for the whole family, there is plenty to see and do, and the atmosphere is buoyant (pun intended). The highlight, or certainly the most memorable aspect of this festival for me, was watching the Easter Bunny skydive onto the beach - loved it.