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Buskers by the Creek is the latest addition to the Gold Coast festival circuit and promises to bring an exciting mix of culture, flavour, rhythm and surprise to the Creek. Winders Park at Currumbin will be transformed into a vibrant festival venue on October 18th and 19th. Singer/songwriters, musicians, acrobats, drummers, hula dancers, fire performances, cultural dancers, performance artists and the smallest sports enthusiasts you've ever seen will all be amongst the 100 plus entertainers taking part in the inaugural festival. The event program will be available on the festival's website or you can pick up your souvineer copy from the "Glamping Days" festival tents on site.
The Radical Rodents - small but oh so clever! Image provided by event organiser
The festival will be alcohol free, making it perfect weekend entertainment for the whole family. For the kids there'll be a Kids Zone incorporating arts, craft and music related activities. Makin' Mini Music will also be running hourly workshops (for free) and the Creative Craft Centre will be offering hands-on craft ranging from $3 - $10. Add to this a games area featuring table tennis, pool and totem tennis and it's looking good for the kids! Also taking advantage of beautiful Currumbin Creek, Boatshed Bait and Tackle will be taking bookings for standup paddleboard hire.
Your four legged companion has even been considered in the planning of this event! The family fur baby can also enjoy the festivities over the weekend and relax in their "Doggy Day Bed Zone", thanks to Lucky 13 Creative Industries.
The Calypso sounds of the Carribean will float through the festival grounds, thanks to Gold Coast steel pan band, "Rhythm and Steel". Image provided by event organiser.
Festival singer/songwriter finalists will compete at the "Battle of the Buskers" event, being held at the Currumbin Creek Tavern from 7pm on Saturday night. The competition will be hosted by Hot Tomato's Moyra Major - competitors will all be hoping to take out the title of "Totally Talented".
Flavour and flair are top of the list when it comes to the food on offer at the festival. Cuisines from around the world will tempt those with grumbling tummies and the kids (young and not-so-young) won't want to miss the handcrafted fairy floss flowers. Cold drinks, coffees and teas will be in plentiful supply - again, please remember that this is an alcohol free event and as such, no alcohol will be permitted within the park grounds. Nearby take-away food outlets and restaurants will also be getting into the festival mood and will be offering festival specials. Alternatively, Winders Park has a number of BBQ areas which will be accessible during the festival. Toilet facilities are also available in the park grounds.
Don't miss these edible masterpieces! Image provided by event organiser
Adding yet another dimension to the diverse mix of talents showcased, a selection of live artists, artisans and creatives will be joining the festival line up. Rebecca Cunningham of Lard Art will be painting in reaction to the rhythm and beats of Buskers by the Creek. You'll be fascinated by this incredible fusion of art inspired music. Colour For Fun will be running tie dye workshops for all ages so bring along your whites or choose from a selection that Holli will have on hand.
Edward Sawden's tell-tale-tees are sure to be a hit. Image provided by event organiser.
For those who like to reminisce (and who doesn't?) , Edward Sawden will have his tell-tale-tees for sale. Take a trip down memory lane with his nostalgic photographs.
Salt and Steel will belt out their unique mix of folk and medieval originals. Image provided by event organiser.
So what should you bring? Perhaps throw in your picnic blanket or your favourite camping chair and settle in to your preferred spot. As the weather is heating up a beach umbrella might be a good idea and of course, don't forget the hat, sunscreen and water bottle. If you haven't had time to get to the ATM, don't worry as there will be one at the festival.
Get ready for some Austro-Venezuelan fusion! Image provided by event organiser
Given the unique venue, parking will be mainly on street and you will need to be prepared to put in a little leg work. Roof top parking will be available at The Pines shopping centre and then it's a short walk to the festival. Alternatively, a bus departs from The Pines on an hourly basis. For those needing to drop off family, friends or equipment, a designated "Drop Off Zone" in Duringan Street will be manned by volunteers
Qualified first aid personnel will be in attendance over the weekend should you need them - you'll find them at the "Glamping Days" information tents.