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Crush festival a popular event

Rhythms of the Reef women’s barbershop chorus preformed at Art on Grass at Bundaberg’s Botanic Gardens.
Rhythms of the Reef women’s barbershop chorus preformed at Art on Grass at Bundaberg’s Botanic Gardens. Scottie Simmonds

THE Bundaberg Botanic Gardens were a treat for the senses on Saturday where the Crush Festival’s Art on the Grass event took place.

Set among the flora of the gardens, the event attracted about 50 people who came to hear tunes from the Rhythms of the Reef women’s ensemble and the Rum City Silver Band.

Rhythms of the Reef singer Judy Pippen said the audience was very appreciative.

“It was a very joyful morning; there were no nerves,” she said.

“This is the first year that Art on the Grass has been held and it’s very successful. I spoke to one woman who was visiting her daughter and said she will come back for the whole month next year for Crush.”

The day also hit an emotional note, after it emerged one of the choir’s members died that morning.

“We were all singing for her and we dedicated a special blessing to her,” Ms Pippen said.

“The audience was very responsive. There is still one Art on the Grass this month, so I’ll be going next week.”

Ms Pippen said the gardens were the perfect venue.

“It’s right next to Cafe 1928 so it was nice to go through there for coffee and cake afterwards and support local business,” she said.



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