Andrew Piper (bass), Sally Cameron (soprano), Naomi Crellin (alto) and Nick Begbie (tenor) make up Idea of North.
Andrew Piper (bass), Sally Cameron (soprano), Naomi Crellin (alto) and Nick Begbie (tenor) make up Idea of North. Submitted

City is firing up for CRUSH

DIRECTOR Shelley Pisani is putting the finishing touches to the CRUSH Festival as it gets ready to fire up Bundaberg from the first day.

One of the highlights of the opening day on Friday will be the lighting of a 9m-long fire sculpture in Alexandra Park in the evening.

Ms Pisani said the Children’s CRUSH Day on Friday, co-ordinated by Rebecca McLean, offered a day-long program of interactive arts and crafts workshops, storytelling and movies.

The workshops will all be free at the Bundaberg Regional Council’s cultural facilities – the Bundaberg Library, Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery and Moncrieff Theatre.

In the evening the action will move to Alexandra Park for a live multimedia performance by artists Grayson Cooke and Peter Rickert before the lighting of the fire.

Ms Pisani said the council had contracted a series of local events organisers to work with more than 20 groups, 25 artists and 20 venues across the region for the festival.

“This year’s program offers something for everyone,” she said.

Bundy Busk, now in its second year, was taking entries from as far away as Kingaroy and Gympie, she said.

Performances will take place in the CBD on the Saturday.

The Walker Street Craft Centre will also host an open day followed by a free movie screening at Nielson Park, Bargara.

The first weekend of the festival does not end there, with the Childers Arts Council holding an open day for its visual art group and a concert by the visiting group Idea of North.

Copies of the program are available at council service centres, Bundaberg library, Bundaberg Regional Arts Gallery, the tourist information centre, the NewsMail offices or Bundaberg Broadcasters, or www.creativeregions.com.au.

“CRUSH is a major combined community effort,” Ms Pisani said.

“Planning for this year started in November 2009, straight after the first successful festival.”
 

FESTIVAL AIMS

  • To celebrate the essence of art through emerging artists
  • To savour the unique artistic flavours of regional communities
  • To inspire regional artists to flourish in their communities


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