New Coast festival
A NEW festival is set to boost Queensland Week celebrations in Hervey Bay next year.
And Sunday, June 5 is the day to pencil into the calendar.
Hervey Bay's Queensland Week Showcase of Local Arts and All Things Creative will receive $9500 sponsorship from the Queensland Government, Premier Anna Bligh has announced.
“This will be a free festival including a showcase of local bands, locally made arts and crafts, wine, liqueurs, cheese and other local produce,” Ms Bligh said.
“The event will also incorporate key themes from Hervey Bay's past including a revival of ‘sand gardens' that featured at railway picnics in the 1960s.
“At these picnics, children used innovation and imagination to build sand castles with ‘gardens' made of shells, seaweed and anything they could find on the beach.”
The Queensland Week Showcase of Local Arts and All Things Creative will be hosted by the Hervey Bay Council for the Arts on the weekend before the World's Greatest Pub Fest on the Queen's Birthday Weekend.
“Earlier this year, I launched the 2011 Queensland Week sponsorship program as a new initiative to invite community groups to assist with growing and enhancing Queensland Week 2011,” Ms Bligh said.
A Queensland Day kite-making competition with local artist Sue Berry will also be on the itinerary.
“This will be a unique opportunity for the Hervey Bay community and surrounding region to come together to celebrate and reflect on what it means to be a Queenslander,” Ms Bligh said.
“I encourage all Fraser Coast locals to get behind and support this event.
“I congratulate the Hervey Bay Council for the Arts on their successful application and look forward to celebrating our people, places and stories during Queensland Week 2011.”
More than 350 applications were submitted by a variety of community groups, local councils and organisations from across the state.
Each year the Queensland Government hosts the statewide Queensland Week program to celebrate our state's official separation from New South Wales as an independent colony.