On Sunday 22nd October, Bulimba's favourite community club, Bulimba Golf Club, is getting their uke on with the inaugural Bulimba Uke Fest! Come down with the whole family from 11am and enjoy an awesome day of live music and fun tropical-themed activities for all ages!
Festival organiser, Sandra Beynon (who plays a mean ukulele) is excited to present a diverse range of bands and entertainment throughout the day, including her own alter-ego 'Willie Nelson's Love Child', as well as 'Mama Juju and the Jam Tarts', 'Aloha Baby', 'Vic Kena', 'Maleny Uke Group', 'BUMS uke groups' 'Gold Coast Hula Dance Groupo','The Cage', 'Just Flukey', the children's group, 'Freerange chUkes', as well as a visiting Maleny Uke Group.
The Bulimba Uke Fest is an all-day event, running from 11am to around 9pm and 25% of ticket sales will benefit The Pyjama Foundation, which supports foster families by providing educational interactions with foster-children through a network of Pyjama Angels.
"We are excited to be involved in this fun, family festival and look forward to spreading awareness of the Foundation's role in foster care support, and to raise much-needed funds for resources," said Shannon, the Foundation spokesperson.
"[As the event falls during] Children's Week, I wanted this festival to be a fun event aimed at families and anyone who enjoys a light-hearted day of music," said Ms Beynon
In addition to coinciding with Children's Week, Bulimba Uke Fest also falls on National Garage Sale Trail Day and Bulimba Golf Club will host a BUF Book Sale in its carpark, with site fees donated to charity. All can join in, however there are only 20 boot spaces remaining! Click here to join the sale. Residents are invited to turn up and sell their wares from 10am to 12pm. "Drive in, sell some unwanted stuff, then you've paid for your festival tickets!", said Ms Beynon.
Bulimba Golf Club has built a strong demographic of families in the two years it's been under the stewardship of General Manager, Danny Underwood, with the Sunday Session now going strong thanks in no small part to the favourite jumping castle for the kids.
"We have a great venue here available to the people of Bulimba and our aim is to provide a varied range of entertainment options, "said Mr Underwood.
As well as a jam-packed program for entertainment, Guitar Brothers are sponsoring two ukuleles as prizes for the 'One Minute Uke Shred', with entries now open online and the final judging on festival day. There will also be a fancy dress competition, uke workshops for every age group, Hawaiian-themed tropical food and beverages, cocktails, novelty stalls and much, much more!
"The focus is squarely on community participation and engagement and festival tickets are priced very low to ensure as many people can afford to get involved in BUF," said Ms Beynon
Local realter, Shannon Harvey of Place Bulimba, has thrown her support behind BUF by donating $1000 towards paying performers' costs on the day. "I love this community which has given me so much, and I am very proud to be helping get this fledgling festival some wings so we can grow it into an annual occasion on the community calendar of events,' said Ms Harvey.
Festival organisers are still seeking more donations of silent auction items and sponsorship opportunities are still available for main stage signage etc to help pay for promotional expenses. "We would love more support from the Bulimba business community and I encourage them to contact me to see how they can participate and grow this festival with so much potential for Bulimba, "said Ms Beynon.
To purchase tickets, please visit www.eventbrite.com.au. Tickets are priced $20 per family and $10 single. Book now and take advantage of an Early Bird half-price discount! All family tickets are just $10 - that's cheaper than two soy lattes!
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