Take a step back in time and delve into the rich history of the Childers Festival through A Retrospective exhibition at Childers Arts Space.
Childers Festival: A Retrospective exhibition tells the story of the popular festival from its inception in 1996 through to the present day.
Starting as a festival to celebrate the multicultural fabric of the community, fostering an environment of unity and understanding, the Childers Festival continues this connection today.
From modest beginnings as a food and wine festival under the then Isis Shire Council, the annual event has grown significantly and now attracts a crowd of over 40,000 people during its four-day program.
Showcasing photographs, anecdotes, memorabilia and publications, Childers Festival: A Retrospective captures the stories behind the successful event and will provide insight into how it has influenced the arts and cultural landscape of the region.
Bundaberg Regional Council Arts, Culture and Events portfolio spokesperson Cr John Learmonth said the Childers Festival: A Retrospective exhibition was a visual timeline through the history of the popular festival.
“This specially curated exhibition narrates the Childers Festival from its very beginning, showcasing almost three decades of history,” he said.
“A selection of colourful images will be displayed as large vinyls with smaller photographic images connecting the story.
“Along with these images, the festival program covers and events program will be on display.
“There’s also the opportunity to see the wonderful artworks which have featured in the Childers Festival over the years.”
To celebrate Childers Festival: A Retrospective, the community is invited to join gallery director Rebecca McDuff for a special evening exhibition tour, Up Late at Childers Arts Space, during the festivities.
“The Up Late at Childers Arts Space tour will give people an insight into the importance of the Childers Festival within the region and reflect on its historic journey,” Cr Learmonth said.
“Guests will enjoy a glass of wine and canapes, while soaking up the evening ambience of the Childers streetscape.”
Up Late at Childers Arts Space
When: 5 pm to 6.30 pm Thursday 27 July
Where: Childers Arts Space 72 Churchill Street
Tickets: $10 per person click here to book