Fes­ti­val to bring back favourites plus twists

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

THE 2015 Whit­sun­day Reef Fes­ti­val is ex­pected to be big­ger and bet­ter than ever be­fore, with all the old favourites re­turn­ing to the pro­gram plus an in­ter­est­ing line-up of new events.

The fes­ti­val, now in its 15th year, is all about cel­e­brat­ing the reef, and what it means to live in the Whit­sun­days.

Fes­ti­val com­mit­tee chair­woman Margie Mur­phy said the reef fes­ti­val was cer­tainly not to be missed.

“There is some­thing for ev­ery­one, whether you’re young or young at heart,” she said.

The spec­tac­u­lar Fire­works on the Fore­shore kicks off the 10-day ex­trav­a­ganza on July 31, fol­lowed by a street party and groovy DJ set at the Beach Mu­sic Main Street Stage, headed by Joel Fletcher.

All the ac­tion will be on Air­lie’s main street on Satur­day, Au­gust 1, with the new Revvin the Reef vintage car show, fol­lowed by the crowd favourite Ro­tary Club Street Pa­rade, cel­e­brat­ing life in the Heart of the Reef in an ar­ray of colours.

The Main Street Party will con­tinue into the evening with live mu­sic and en­ter­tain­ment, fea­tur­ing the Dave Flower band.

Sun­day will see the Tel­stra Whit­sun­day Fam­ily Fun Day take over the Air­lie Beach fore­shore, with face paint­ing, cir­cus per­form­ers, clas­sic races, a trea­sure hunt and selfie com­pe­ti­tion and lots more. Movie nights, reef art ex­hi­bi­tions and in­stal­la­tions, twi­light sail­ing, fes­ti­val tours, beach mar­kets, kids’ ac­tiv­i­ties, and the pop-up Sunset Bar will keep pun­ters en­ter­tained through­out the week.

Ms Mur­phy said the sec­ond week­end of the fes­ti­val would in­cor­po­rate all the ex­cite­ment of Air­lie Beach Race Week, start­ing with an open­ing night party on Fri­day, Au­gust 7, fol­lowed by ev­ery­one’s favourite glam­our event – Frock­tails – on Satur­day.

FIRM FAVOURITE: The Ro­tary Street Pa­rade is al­ways a pop­u­lar el­e­ment of the Whit­sun­day Reef Fes­ti­val.

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