Shelley Pisani and Rod Ainsworth from Creative Regions discuss plans for the next Crush Festival. cru1602a
Shelley Pisani and Rod Ainsworth from Creative Regions discuss plans for the next Crush Festival. cru1602a

Festival to crush competition

THE success of the inaugural Crush Festival will see organisers take this year’s event to the next level with plans to draw more visitors and artists to the region.

Event organiser Shelley Pisani said plans were in full swing with groups already asking for their event to be included in the program.

“This year we will focus on bringing the regional arts to Bundaberg,” Mrs Pisani said.

“We are trying to build up our image as the arts hub of Queensland.”

About 10 per cent of last year’s attendees were visitors and organisers hope to boost this number in 2010.

“We really want more visitors to come,” Mrs Pisani said.

The festival was also a financial success, with an 800 per cent return on Bundaberg Regional Council’s investment of $35,000.

Mayor Lorraine Pyefinch said she had been thrilled with the event’s success.

“The feedback I got was very good,” she said.

Cr Pyefinch said she hoped that events from outside the region would be attracted to become part of the festival.

“We are looking at increasing the levels of private sponsorship so we can develop events that have interest from outside of Bundaberg,” she said.

“The level of support we have indicates the region is a thriving cultural hub.”

Cr Pyefinch said she was excited for the next phase of the Crush Festival.

“I think it has a very bright future,” she said.

Mrs Pisani said the event relied on volunteers and this year would be no different.

“We are looking for people to help out during the festival by going to events and handing out promotional material, and collecting data to determine the success of events,” Mrs Pisani said.

Thirty-four volunteers participated in the festival in 2009, contributing 4000 hours of time, which was worth more than $90,000.

Festival interest

If you would like to hold an event or volunteer during the 2010 Crush Festival, telephone Shelley Pisani on 0438 515 844 or Bundaberg Regional Council on 1300 883 699.



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