FAIRE GO SPRINGS INTO LIFE
If you’ve ever fancied travelling back in time to the golden era of the Renaissance, the cultural movement that ushered in the modern world, this is a wonderful opportunity right on your doorstep
Celebrating what would have been the 450th birthday of William Shakespeare, Australia’s first ever Renaissance Faire takes over Pratten Park at Broadbeach this weekend.
Turning back the hands of time to the century of the Bard himself, the Faire presents a chance to step back to the golden old age of adventure and romance.
Presenting a combination of theatre, music, dance and arts, the event is themed around the Renaissance – the cultural movement that saw the rise of the modern world.
Event director David Russell says the Gold Coast Renaissance Faire is a living theatre that invites visitors to join performers in the fun and pageantry.
“The Renaissance Faire is an immersive, theatrical party, with many unexpected happenings,” he says.
Russell is a highly regarded film illustrator who has worked on productions Return of the Jedi, Batman, Moulin Rouge, Master and Commander, The Chronicles of Narnia 1 and 3, The Wolverine, and more.
He says he’s been “aching” to bring the Renaissance Faire to life for a long time.
“The event serves as a virtual ‘time machine’ to the era of Shakespeare, Queen Elizabeth I, the Three Musketeers, and other 16th-century celebrities,” he says. “Above all, however, the Faire is dedicated to the traditional arts.”
The Faire’s entertainment program includes short Shakespearean plays, classical music ensembles Mandolins in Brisbane and Early Music Queensland, traditional Irish band Sasta and traditional Middle-Eastern dance troupe Sahara, and Russell says he has discovered a rich tapestry of artists between Northern NSW and Brisbane.
“The response has been terrific,” he says. “The theatrical and musical talent know there is no other avenue like this.”
With all Faire staff dressing up and speaking in the language of the time, visitors can immerse themselves in the experience by wearing colourful period dress.
Russell says a trip to the Faire is like stepping into a fairy tale picture book.
A special children’s grove will offer puppet shows and games.
The Faire is a non-electronic, creative environment which stimulates imagination and informs children about history in an entertaining manner.
Performers Bonnie Mullins, Jessica Palfrey, Anne Rubos and Madeleine Maria Lind