IMAGINE perfect weather, contemporary circus performances, a unique dining experience in a canefield, exhibitions and international and national films all on the doorstep of the Southern Great Barrier Reef.

Look no further - this year's Crush Festival offers all this and more with an exciting 10-day curated program from October 2-11 and the fringe program throughout the month.

"The arts sector is and always has been a large part of the social and cultural fabric of the Bundaberg region and the Crush Festival is all about celebrating this culture and showcasing the unique experiences of our region" Creative Regions director Shelley Pisani said.

This year the Crush Festival has 34 events ranging from free community workshops to ticketed events such as the Red Dirt Degustation.

Exhibitions will include Botanicals, Emerge, Words and Pictures, Woodgate Arts, Emerge and Musclemen: Industry Sited Within The Environment.

Markets will also be held throughout the region with the Handmade Markets, Woodgate Arts in Spring and new addition, Crush at the Creek in Apple Tree Creek.

The program welcomes back favourites such as the Travelling Film Festival, The Great Gelato Groove, Carinbundi Kids Crush Day and The Lighthouse Festival. New events highlighting the calendar include Circa Crush, Voices Listening In the Dark, free Kinderbeat Workshops, Red Dirt Degustation, It All Begins With Love and ReSTAMPED.

"The Crush Festival has grown in stature over the years and is now a premier artistic event in regional Queensland attracting visitors from throughout the state," Bundaberg Mayor Mal Forman said.

"Council is committed to nurturing and supporting our arts community by providing opportunities to showcase talent and grow through professional development opportunities.

"With an equal emphasis on emerging arts and artists, as well as highly professional practitioners and works, Crush has become a true celebration of what it means to live and create artwork in our region."

Programs are now available online at www.crush

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