Friends of the fes­ti­val

Of­fi­cial launch kicks off the 2016 Childers Mul­ti­cul­tural Fes­ti­val:

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MIL­LEN­NIUM Park was alive with en­ter­tain­ing sights, en­tic­ing aro­mas and melo­di­ous sounds this morn­ing which can mean only one thing – the Childers Fes­ti­val is com­ing!

The fun starts on Thurs­day, July 28, with a va­ri­ety of ac­tiv­i­ties on of­fer ev­ery day lead­ing up to fes­ti­val day on Sun­day, July 31.

Fes­ti­val day will fea­ture free en­try to non-stop en­ter­tain­ment across five stages and hun­dreds of food and mar­ket stalls.

Bundaberg Re­gional Coun­cil’s Com­mu­nity and Cul­tural Ser­vices port­fo­lio spokesper­son Cr Judy Peters said the fes­ti­val con­tin­ued to grow and de­velop in its 21st year.

“The Childers Fes­ti­val now en­com­passes a num­ber of events held through­out the last week in July, which is not only a cel­e­bra­tion of the rich his­tory of our re­gion but the mul­ti­cul­tural com­mu­ni­ties that make up this great na­tion,” Cr Peters said.

“This en­com­passes ev­ery­thing from Isis Cen­tral Sugar Mill Cane Fire Tours and his­tor­i­cal tours of Childers to Opera by the Lake and Arts in the Park.

“And of course, on fes­ti­val day, the mul­ti­cul­tural cel­e­bra­tion spills onto the streets of Childers which, for the day, host en­ter­tain­ment and cui­sine from just about ev­ery cor­ner of the globe.”

Di­vi­sional rep­re­sen­ta­tive Cr Bill Trevor said the re­cent for­ma­tion of the Friends of the Fes­ti­val group had re­newed the com­mu­nity’s pas­sion for the Childers Fes­ti­val.

“This event is a sig­nif­i­cant plat­form to dis­play our re­gion to its best ad­van­tage to tens of thou­sands of peo­ple,” Cr Trevor said.

“It is won­der­ful to see the Childers com­mu­nity tak­ing ad­van­tage of this op­por­tu­nity through the Pilot­light Pro­duc­tions show RaW, Paragon Theatre Tours and Hill of Prom­ise Win­ery Fes­ti­val Din­ner.

“The Childers Butch­ery has even crafted a 2016 Childers Fes­ti­val sausage and Vint­ner’s Se­cret will re­lease the 2016 Childers Fes­ti­val wine, a sparkling rose.

“I would en­cour­age any lo­cal groups and busi­nesses to con­sider how they can get in­volved in the Childers Fes­ti­val and take ad­van­tage of this op­por­tu­nity, even if it is just to par­tic­i­pate in our busi­ness win­dow dis­play com­pe­ti­tion.”

The Childers Mul­ti­cul­tural Fes­ti­val at­tracts thou­sands of peo­ple to the re­gion each year and this year prom­ises to be big­ger and bet­ter than ever be­fore.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on the fes­ti­val and com­ing events, in­clud­ing ways to get in­volved, head to childers fes­ti­val.com.au.

PHOTO: JODIE DIXONBIT100616CHILDERS02

FRIENDS OF THE FES­TI­VAL: Childers is set to cel­e­brate the 2016 Childers Mul­ti­cul­tural Fes­ti­val.

PHOTO: MIKE KNOTT BUN100616FESTIVAL4

CHILDERS FES­TI­VAL: Sally My­ers, Evee Freney and Ce­cilia Wil­cox at the launch of the 2016 Childers Fes­ti­val.

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