Waterfront performances by Australian musicians with platinum selling albums are among the arts, environmental and cultural experiences offered in the Bundaberg Region’s 2023 Milbi Festival program.
The annual festival is a 10-day event delivered by Bundaberg Regional Council in partnership with a range of artists, community groups and local businesses.
It marks the beginning of turtle season for which Mon Repos on Bundaberg’s coastline is world-renowned.
ARIA Award nominated artist Christine Anu will headline the Milbi Festival launch event on Friday 27 October with a free oceanfront concert.
On Saturday 28 October a Twilight Table will be set in the lush Bundaberg Botanic Gardens as an elegant dining experience unfolds featuring native flavours.
The weekend will then see an arts takeover of the Bundaberg CBD with a range of activities to be immersed in – from weaving in the park, artist talks in the gallery to taking in a diverse range of talents from five of the region’s artists under 25.
Running alongside the public activities will be the Welcome Home Elders program, an initiative which acknowledges the impact of the Aboriginal Protection Act (1897) on Indigenous people. The Welcome Home Elders program was this year recognised as Highly Commended at the Queensland Reconciliation Awards.
Throughout the first week of the 2023 Milbi Festival program free live performances will be held each day in the CBD pavilion culminating in a Friday night concert at the Moncrieff Entertainment Centre.
The final weekend of the 10-day festival will see Pete Murray perform on the banks of the Burnett River for Sunset Sounds on Saturday 4 November.
In addition to Pete’s chart-topping hits, indi-electro-pop act Caravãna Sun will be bringing the raw energy of their live shows to the stage as well as indie-pop queen Jazzella and Chris Ah Gee, who's distinctive vocals will fill the evening air.
Countless other experiences will showcase the talent and natural beauty to be found in the Bundaberg Region which this year became just the second area in Queensland to achieve ECO Destination Certification.
Bundaberg Regional Council Arts, Culture and Events portfolio spokesperson Cr John Learmonth said the 2023 Milbi Festival program would see the event continue to grow.
“We are so thrilled to be launching such a special range of events that really showcases what makes our region such a special place to be and shares it with the rest of the country,” Cr Learmonth said.
“The 10 day festival is a true immersion in the three pillars on which this event is founded – arts, culture and environment.
“In addition to these festival highlights, which are led by Bundaberg Regional Council, there are a raft of tours, activities and experiences offered by local businesses and groups in this year’s program.”
2023 Milbi Festival program:
See the full 2023 Milbi Festival program at milbifestival.com.au.