Get ready to experience all of the fun and festivities of the Childers Festival when the 2021 event kicks off in the region in July.
Locals and visitors alike are invited to come together to celebrate the rich history and evolving community across the four-day event, from Thursday, 22 July to Sunday, 25 July.
Bundaberg Regional Council's arts, culture and events portfolio spokesperson Cr John Learmonth said attendees could expect an impressive line-up of artists performing across the festival and a list of new and old events designed to captivate a varied audience.
“Enjoy a fantastic Friday night at the Paragon Theatre with Australian pop singer Kate Ceberano, take a trip out to the agricultural farmlands of Childers and see the spectacular sight of sugar cane being burnt, or simply get amongst the locals on Saturday night for some street festivities,” he said.
“Opera by the Lake has a new feel this year, giving off picnic vibes with rugs, cushions, antipasto and local wine supplied by Vintners Secret and Hill Of Promise.”
Cr Learmonth said Arts in the Park had also changed for the 2021 festivities, with the event extended beyond the creative hub of Millennium Park.
“Follow the path from Churchill Street to Crescent Street through Millennium Park, discovering a world of critters created by the young people of the region and explore the activated nooks and crannies of this area with a range of artforms and artists on display,” he said.
“The Childers Visual Arts Group, founders of Arts in the Park, will prominently feature with their engaging stalls and activities for young and old to get involved.”
Cr Learmonth said Festival Day would kick off on Sunday, 25 July with a new street design featured.
“Local producers, artisans and businesses will take centre stage with the placement of stallholders having been carefully curated with priority positioning offered to the Childers community,” he said.
“Informative and directional signage has been a key consideration in the development of this year’s festival, while we have expanded into side streets and allies, we hope adventuring is both easy and enjoyable.”
Festival a celebration of everything Childers
Divisional representative Cr Bill Trevor said he was thrilled to see the festival back again after last year's festivities were cancelled due to Covid.
He said the Childers Festival, which had been operating for more than two decades, had become one of the region's premier attractions.
“This festival is a celebration of everything uniquely Childers,” Cr Trevor said.
“Organisers have been busy attracting handmade, artisan and locally produced products with more than 40% of stallholder applications received from Childers and the surrounding areas.
“What a fantastic way to celebrate our local people and businesses. I implore everyone to mark off the Childers Festival in their calendars and get ready to join in on the fun!”
You can view the full Childers Festival program and buy tickets to all of the fantastic events here.