Zoe Pisani and Shelley Pisani at BRAG. Exhibiting artist Caryl Plant will be running a workshop at the gallery today.
Zoe Pisani and Shelley Pisani at BRAG. Exhibiting artist Caryl Plant will be running a workshop at the gallery today. Mike Knott

Kids kick off Crush Festival

BUNDY youngsters will kick off the month-long Crush Festival today, as the NewsMail’s Children’s Crush Day takes them through pirate adventures and storytelling to workshops and art classes.

Crush spokeswoman Shelley Pisani said this year was the first time the festival had offered something specifically for children and there had been a great response.

“It ties in well, because the first few days of Crush are still in the school holidays,” she said.

Families are invited to register for the event at the Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery from 9.30am, where little adventurers will be given a treasure map to follow during the day.

The day will take participating children to BRAG, where they can work alongside artists in activities including pressed car cans and printmaking, before guiding them outside to the “Birds, Bees, and Birds” sculpture garden, where they will use household items to make sculptures.

In the afternoon, families can wind down with a free movie afternoon at the Moncrieff Theatre.

The kids’ day is just the first of many events to come, and Bundaberg regional councillor Judy Peters said a fiery display in Alexandra Park tonight would heat up the program.

“We are starting the night with a fire sculpture, which is totally unique to Bundaberg,” Cr Peters said.

“This is the original harvest time in this area and some the farmers still burn their cane, so it really is quite a reflection of our past.”

Cr Peters, the community and arts portfolio holder, said she was looking forward to the festival.

“There are so many activities happening like Poetry in the Paddock, the children’s workshops, Art in the Grass at the Botanic Gardens and the movie at Bargara,” she said.

“The family day is a little bit unique in the sense it is opening up to families and and celebrating what’s available to people in the area.”

Cr Peters said many families and retired couples from interstate had also planned their trips to join in the festival.

“Many people have actually been on the website organising their trip around being here during the Crush Festival, whether it’s for a week or a whole month,” she said.

“I think this event is one that will continue for many years to come.”

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