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Fashion, film, music, circus, writing, theatre, art

Bundaberg, the gateway to the Southern Great Barrier Reef, will play host to a troupe of local and touring artists, acrobats, writers, filmmakers, choir singers and Indigenous designers from 6 to 15 October for Crush Festival 2017. Fashion Weekend one arrives in style with the Dambali Fashions Exhibition and Fashion Forum on Friday, 6 October at the Bundaberg School of …

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Crush Festival returns to Bundaberg with Moving Pictures

Bundaberg’s annual arts event, Crush Festival, returns from 6 to 15 October 2017 to celebrate the region’s thriving arts scene, kicking things off with a performance by 80s classic rock band Moving Pictures. The band will open the festival more than 30 years after the release of their hugely successful debut album, Days of Innocence, which spawned the mega hit What …

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New format for WriteFest 2017

We’re very excited to launch our 2017 WriteFest program! We’re bringing 8 exceptional Australian authors, storytellers and writing professionals to our beautiful region for this year’s event. WriteFest 2017: scintillating conversations, intensive workshops, literary inspirations This year we are trialling a new event format. On Saturday 7th October the event will begin with a keynote address from author, teacher, novelist and …

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Meet the WriteFest presenters!

Arnold Zable is an acclaimed writer, novelist and human rights advocate. His books include Jewels and Ashes, Cafe Scheherazade, The Fig Tree, Scraps of Heaven, Sea of Many Returns, Violin Lessons, and most recently, The Fighter, which has been short listed in the Victorian and NSW Premiers awards. He is the author of numerous essays, columns, features, stories, and works …

Meet The Team – Di Wills

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 ‘Grey Nomads Vs The World‘ during this year’s Festival, her favourite event in the Crush …

Meet The Team – Wendy Zunker

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 especially memorable moment for Wendy is the ‘cane trash angels’. Wendy and Crush Festival coordinator Ainsley …

Meet The Team – Sasha Mackay

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: Sasha’s background is in research and writing and she’s passionate about narratives in all their forms. She has a …

Meet The Team – Ainsley Gatley

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 challenging event she has done. 24 hours out and she still …

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Final Circa Crush Workshops go on sale – June 2017 School Holiday Series

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 incremental skill development for participants as well as opportunities for beginner level students to experience contemporary circus. …

Meet The Team – Shelley Pisani

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 enjoys hip hop dancing! Shelley’s also about to take up clogging. Over the years, Shelley has loved working with …

Capitalise on the Crush Festival

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 visitors.  

Tickets Go On Sale for Remainder of Circa Crush 2017

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 incremental skill development for participants as well as opportunities for beginner level students to experience contemporary …

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Crush Festival Celebrates Survey Results

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. With a total of 19,318 visitors attending the Crush events. 43.1% of …

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Circa Crush workshop open for 2017!

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 students also get to experience apparatus such as tissu and trapeze.  Adults are also encouraged to participate. This is the …

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Cabaret style – Bundaberg in Voice

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 drama group, and mature ukulele ladies Bundaberg In Voice will have you swinging …

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Step Back in Time with the Travelling Film Festival at the Paragon

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 strong sense of nationalism as one family conquers the rugged Australian terrain. “The Travelling Film Festival is a Crush Festival …

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Crush Concludes on the Beach, Celebrating our Southern Great Barrier Reef

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 kids activities to help promote awareness of the coming …

Musician Peter Hume Grooves into Bundaberg

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 creatives and sharing his insights into the industry at Alowishus – home of …

Internationally-touring Circus Ensemble Comes to Bundaberg

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 bewitching mix of show tunes, ballads and electronica, this creation delights and enchants. Seven …

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Riverfeast – a 10 year dream

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 see snippets of performances from the Crush Festival 2016 program. In addition to the usual Riverfeast food …

Crush Opportunity for Dance Teachers, Dancers and Dance Leaders

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 the most exceptional dance training begins in the regions, Libby will discuss ways of connecting dance …

Artist Profile – Bec McPherson

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 was my dream throughout high school to one day have my …

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Partner Profile – Alowishus Delicious

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 to music.  It’s a fun, hilarious, fully entertaining night and a great way …

Bundy Girl Joins Circa

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 to coordinate dance workshops around …

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Artist Profile – Sabrina Lauriston

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 striking black and white images. Art has always been Lauriston’s vehicle to express herself. Italian by birth, Lauriston …

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Artist Profile – Julie Hylands

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 grounds her – the alchemical nature of this activity feeds her art. Image: Julie …

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Artist Profile – Jeremy Kirally

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 part of Jeremy’s interest in the field and, for him, the two went hand in hand. Jeremy …

Partner Profile – Annie Peterson & Lewis Jones

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 and Lewis Jones. Annie is a performer and producer of major arts projects and events. Most notably she has worked as Program Director for the …

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Performer Profile – Michael Dart

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 returned to Bundaberg with his family a few years ago. Here he has …

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Artist Profile – Paul Perry

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 the smell and smudge of ink until he started at art school in …

Performer Profile – Natalie Greer

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 reimagined renditions of well-known songs at Bundaberg in Voice, promising an exciting evening of listening. Natalie has taken three …

Expressions of Interest – ‘Bundaberg In Voice’ – Extended Date

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 Regional Arts Development Fund will present ‘Bundaberg in Voice’, a celebration of the …

Circa Crush – taking bookings for July!

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, skipping tricks… participants tried their hands at a huge variety of acrobatic and circus …

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Circa Crush – 1 week to go till bookings close

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 the film. The 3-8 year old workshops are booked out for …

Calling EOIs for Artists to participate in the Crush Festival Bundaberg Exhibition Project

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 Arts to mentor and workshop with local artists. After staging the group exhibition at the Bundaberg …

WriteFest – what people said

“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 bigger conferences held in the capital cities. Its …

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Calling for Participants for ReSTAMPED

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 interaction to create a vibrant atmosphere enhanced by  string pearl bulbs, great music and …

Sugarland Recycled Tyre Sculpture Project – Get Your Entries In!

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!  The winning organisation or school will be chosen by public vote and will receive a $500 Sugarland voucher! …

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Carinbundi Kids Crush Day

Carinbundi Kids Crush Day is a wonderful day out where kids aged 3 and up can enjoy playing and experimenting with the arts.  This year’s theme is STORYTELLING.  Bookings will open online on September 15th.  Not all events require booking.  This year there will be some offered regularly throughout the day.  Mark Saturday 11th October in your calendar! Thank you …

Our New Crush Website is Live

We proudly launch our new Crush Festival website today.  Thanks very much to our web developer Gary Brown from Big Ideas and graphic designer Selina Ferrais of Scribbly Ink for our new look site.  Check it out.  We’d love your feedback on our new look.