As part of the upcoming Milbi Festival, Bundaberg Regional Council is on the lookout for an energetic group of 100 participants to perform in the March of the Reef created by the Dead Puppet Society.
In preparation for the event, six trainers including Dead Puppet Society artists Matt Seery and Helen Stephens will be hosting a four day training course in puppet performance skills development, culminating in a contemporary street parade specifically choregraphed for the Milbi Festival.
Participants will have the opportunity to puppeteer the locally fabricated creations and age is no boundary, with puppets ranging from simple corals and anemones, to swimming schools of fish and turtles or the chance to handle larger reef sharks.
Council’s Arts, Culture and Events portfolio spokesperson Cr John Learmonth encouraged the community to register to take part in the March of the Reef which presented a once in a lifetime opportunity.
“The Milbi Festival is always a fantastic event and it is great to see the community able to take part with opportunities such as this,” Cr Learmonth said.
“I encourage everyone interested to register.
“You will not only be supporting and contributing to a wonderful celebration of arts and culture, but you will work with experts in this field and develop skills you may never even have contemplated before.
“This is a truly unique opportunity to be part of something very special for our region.”
Registrations close 30 September 2021, with registrations to be completed here.
All applicants will be contacted by Friday 8 October with updates about the performance and rehearsal schedule.
The team visited the Bundaberg Region earlier in the year to meet with local educators and artists for professional development, teaching them the art of puppet making in preparation for the March of the Reef.
You can find the full Milbi Festival program here.