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  Rachel Bailey is a lover of books, chocolate and dogs. Luckily, she has four dogs, a steady supply of chocolate and overflowing bookshelves, so she’s covered on all fronts. Despite spending her life trying to scam more time to read, she’s managed to graduate with degrees in ...
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Di Wills is Creative Producer at Creative Regions, and Stage Manager for Crush Festival. Di is a theatre director and playwright and her role with Crush has her overseeing various stage events, from contemporary circus to cabaret. While she’s looking forward to delivering her new play ...
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Wendy Zunker is an Associate Producer at Creative Regions, and a Project Officer and Volunteer Coordinator with the Crush Festival. Fun Facts: Wendy has been involved in the Crush Festival for a few years – enough time to have over a thousand crazy memories of Festivals past. One ...
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Sasha is an Associate Producer at Creative Regions, and a Crush Festival project officer. October 2017 will be Sasha’s second Crush, and she’s looking forward to recreating last year’s spirit and buzz through another great suite of projects and events. Fun Facts: ...
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Ainsley has been involved in the Crush Festival since 2010, taking on the role of Festival Co-ordinator in 2015. Out of all the Crush Festival events Ainsley has coordinated, the Red Dirt Degustation of Crush 2015 remains a favourite. Held in a cane field, Ainsley describes it as the most ...
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Circa is a leading contemporary circus performance and training organisation. We are privilieged to have Circa in Bundaberg in 2017 funded by Festivals Australia and the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation. Heavily subsidised workshops are available in June.   The Circa Crush Project provides ...
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Artistic Director Shelley Pisani has been involved in Crush for 9 years – since the Festival’s humble beginnings back in 2009. Fun Facts: Shelley is one of the founding directors of Creative Regions. In between managing the company and designing arts projects large and small, she ...
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The Crush Festival is looking for local and regional business partners who would like to capitalise on the Crush Festival as a drawcard for tourist visitation outside of the peak school holiday periods.  You can invest in the Tourism Partners Program and promote your business to these ...
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Circa is a leading contemporary circus performance and training organisation. We are privilieged to have Circa in Bundaberg in 2017 funded by Festivals Australia and the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation. Heavily subsidised workshops are available in April and June. The Circa Crush Project provides ...
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How many visitors did we get? The Crush Festival organisers are celebrating with the recent results of an independent study on the economic benefits that the event brings to the Bundaberg region. 2016 was the first year with the new look ten-day program and these results exceeded expectations. ...
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Circa Crush Workshops February 2016 The Circa Crush Project provides incremental skill development for participants as well as opportunities for beginner level students to experience contemporary circus.  Try your hand at acrobatics, hula hoops, skipping tricks, juggling and more.   Advanced ...
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This weekend the Playhouse Theatre will come alive with a new style of event – Bundaberg In Voice. Bundaberg In Voice is a cabaret style show similar to a variety performance, showcasing our local voices and talent through this engaging show. Featuring some stunning soloists, a youth ...
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Step back in time with the Travelling Film Festival and Paragon Theatre, Childers. In a first for the Travelling Film Festival, this heritage-listed cinema will host the fully restored 1949 film “Sons of Mathew“. This historical epic showcases Director Charles Chauvel’s ...
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Mon Repos Conservation Park will come alive on Sunday when the Crush Festival holds one of it’s final events at the Turtle Centre. In partnership with the Cut the Glow to help Turtle Go campaign, the Crush Festival is holding a laid back afternoon of beach activities, ranger guided walks and ...
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Organisers of the Great Gelato Groove are excited to announce that Peter Hume, who you may recognise as the middle brother of the band Evermore, will be a highlight of their event at this year’s Crush Festival. Peter will be conducting an informal audience-led workshop with Bundaberg’s ...
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The Crush Festival is excited to welcome Circa’s Beyond Ensemble to Bundaberg as part of this year’s program. Beyond is warm, surreal and unexpectedly moving. Blending dynamic circus acts like trapeze and Chinese pole with cheeky feats of strength and multiple bunny heads, set to a ...
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Crush Festival 2016 launches in style at Riverfeast on Friday 7th October with a sea of lanterns, music and markets. Experience an Indigenous welcome and performance by Bundaberg North State High School’s Indigenous dancers. Sample what is coming up with WriteFest with author readings and ...
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Crush Festival and Circa invite Bundaberg dancers and trainers to Moncrief Theatre at 6pm on Saturday 8 October to discuss a range of topics relating to dance training, physicality and devising physical performance, led by Circa’s Associate Director, Libby McDonnell. Believing that some of ...
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Meet Bec McPherson as she prepares for her first public exhibition as part of the Crush Festival 2016 program. Her Crush Festival events include a drawing workshop, an exhibition, and an Anime movie screening night at the Moncrieff Entertainment Centre. “This all seems so surreal to me, as it ...
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THE GREAT GELATO GROOVE is a Crush Festival highlight. The winning formula is writers plus musicians, equating to a wild and wonderful word and music journey from soul right through to soulful.  Members of the Bundaberg Writer’s Club bring poetry and prose for musicians to spontaneously put ...
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Anelyse started dancing at the age of five in her home town of Bundaberg. At the age of 16, she won a week in Sydney at the contemporary full-time dance company ‘Ev & Bow.’ Later that year she had the experience to travel to New York for ten days with her high school dance class...
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Sabrina Lauriston is one of our local artists participating in the #tag and release exhibition project. She is a professional photographer with a passion for storytelling. Lauriston’s first love is film photography, using both medium format and pinhole cameras to create detailed and ...
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Since returning to Bundaberg eight months ago to be nearer to family after an absence of nearly 30 years, artist Julie Hylands has immersed herself in Bundaberg’s art scene. Julie’s practice involves installation, sculpture, video, printing and drawing, but it is the act of painting that ...
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Jeremy Kirally is one of our incredible emerging artists participating in the #tag and release exhibition project. He is an illustrator and freelance graphic designer who focusses on illustrative design for the music and apparel industry, and its application on merchandise. Music was a large ...
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It’s a privilege to partner with fantastic organisations and individuals who help us bring exceptional events to Crush each year. For Bundaberg in Voice we’re working with Brisbane’s iconic cabaret institution ‘Women in Voice‘, most particularly Annie Peterson ...
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As an arts advocate and passionate local, Michael Dart is proud to be a part of Bundaberg in Voice – a production that brings a wealth of talent and opportunity to the Bundaberg region. Michael’s introduction into performing began at university, however was not revisited until he ...
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Paul Perry is an emerging artist who was absorbed in the South Australian Local Government sector for nearly 30 years before seeing the light and refocussing on the visual arts. Although he has formal engineering drafting qualifications, Perry did not practice his penmanship for long and forgot ...
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Aussie kids know Ruben as the ABC’s ‘surfing scientist’, and will have seen him presenting on Catalyst, Roller Coaster, and Sleek Geeks with Dr Karl Kruszelnicki and Adam Spencer and this October he will be presenting at Bundaberg’s WriteFest. Despite being as ‘Aussie as’, ...
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Crush Festival’s upcoming cabaret ‘Bundaberg in Voice’ features local singers exploring new musical territory and revisiting old favourites, raising their voices, and joining in the joy of music and song with local audiences. Local singer Natalie Greer will be performing three ...
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We’re very excited to announce Bundy boy Ruben Meerman is returning to Bundaberg as a WriteFest presenter this October! Ruben is a physicist known to a generation of Aussie kids as the ABC’s ‘surfing scientist’. He is a former presenter on Catalyst, Rollercoaster, Sleek ...
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The Sugarland Recycled Tyre Sculpture Project is on again in 2016.  Click HERE to download the information and entry form!  
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A unique Performance and Mentoring Opportunity This is a call out to all . . . Singers and Musicians and Emerging Producers, Directors and Musical Directors in the Bundaberg region! This year, as part of Crush Festival, Bundaberg Players, in collaboration with Creative Regions and supported by ...
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Our young performers had a fantastic few days at the Circa Crush April Workshop series. Circa Contemporary Circus Training Centre Director Bree and Lead Trainer Tisi came from Brisbane to work with local gymnasts, dancers and acrobats of all skill levels. Hula hoops, tissu, trapeze, juggling, ...
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The amazing Circa Crush project is back again for 2016 with Circa Training Centre Director Bree Le Cornu and Circa Trainer Pitisi Hatcher returning to Bundaberg in April to run the first workshops for the year.  Participants from 2015 had an amazing time.  Check out what they had to say in ...
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In 2016, the Crush Festival has partnered with Flying Arts Alliance Inc and Bundaberg Regional Galleries to invest in developing an exhibition that showcases the emerging talent of the Bundaberg Region. Brisbane-based senior curator and critical writer Beth Jackson will be engaged by Flying ...
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“Opportunities such as this for writers in regional areas are often quite difficult to access. So to have it so close to where I live has been wonderful. For me, it is certainly worth the two hour drive every year. I believe that Writefest also has a different ‘flavour’ to that of ...
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ReSTAMPED is a unique project aimed at testing place activation ideas in Post Office Lane as part of the Crush Festival 2015. The feel of this pop up event will be urban-industrial-upcycled. In the blocked off lane, spaces will be created for different activities and pockets for social ...
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Sugarland Shoppintown is proudly partnering with the Crush Festival in 2015 for the Sugarland Recycled Tyre Sculpture Project.  Not-for-profit organisations and groups from across the region are invited to apply to enter the competition that encourages the creative use of old rubber tyres! ...
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