Kaleb Bax, Gage Perkinson and Dan Elsbree gear up for this weekend's busking competition in the CBD.
Kaleb Bax, Gage Perkinson and Dan Elsbree gear up for this weekend's busking competition in the CBD. Ron Burgin

Strumming up support

SATURDAY morning in the CBD is set to be a delight for the ears when musicians battle it out to see who is Bundy's best busker.

Bundy Busk is being held in conjunction with the inaugural Crush Regional Arts Festival and is set to be a popular event.

Six buskers have already signed up to show off their talents in guitar playing, singing and dancing.

The talented entertainers will show off their skills from 10am to noon in the CBD.

Community members will be asked to vote for their favourite performer and the winners will be announced at 12.30pm in the pavilion.

Twenty-four year old Dan Elsbree arrived in Bundaberg from Hawaii on Tuesday night and was quick to sign up to play his guitar in the competition.

“It will be cool to see all the other acts,” he said.

“I just got here looking for work so I think I will be playing my guitar for now.”

Around six spaces are still open for people under 25, talents can include anything from juggling to painting to playing musical instruments.

Bundaberg Regional Council youth development officer Andrea Bax said the competition has been well received by the community.

“A lot of people I have spoken to have said they think it's a fantastic idea,” she said.

The aim of the event is to provide a part of the festival which the Bundaberg youth could call their own.

“Part of my role is to give a positive image of our youth and this is a great opportunity to show off the talented young people in town,” she said.

The Crush festival is a celebration of regional arts in the area and will include art exhibitions, live music, theatre productions, beer festivals and writing workshops.

Creative Regions director Shelley Pisani was an organiser of the festival and said it provides a great opportunity to showcase the talented Bundaberg community.

“Crush in 2009 is a tool for capturing and showcasing our wonderfully vibrant arts community,” she said.

“In 2010 we aim to broaden the festival to have a more national focus on regional arts practice and celebrating the fact that the Bundaberg region is the breeding ground for emerging artists.”

The festival aims to bring something to see, do or experience almost every day during the month.

Mayor Lorraine Pyefinch is looking forward to the program.

“Crush will be more than a festival,” she said.”

“It will be a project that will strategically evolve over an initial three-year period to develop the best possible sustainable model to address the unique aims of Crush.”

For information or to register for Bundy Busk, telephone 4130 4150



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