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BUNDABERG – The Childers Multicultural Festival 2013, held over the weekend of July 28 entertained Queenslanders who live near the Wide Bay region with some of the best multicultural performers in the country.
The festival, which started 18 years ago, is one of the most anticipated annual events in the Bundaberg Region.
Childers is about 45 minutes drive from Bundaberg and is surrounded with vast sugar cane plantations and other crops magnificently surrounding the Isis Shire. A great variety of exciting high-class performers all around the region and as far as Brisbane.
There were hundreds of food, wine and craft stalls, ABC Media Exhibition Trailer and non-stop multicultural entertainment. Featuring a myriad of performers, artists and bands, and multicultural food, the Childers Festival is the only festival in Queensland which sees the Bruce Highway closed for the day.
Last weekend’s gathering highlighted the appearance of Dan and Steph winners of My Kitchen Rules who created an amazing “Childers Festival Dish” using local produce.
Childers has definitely provided the crowd with top-level performances.
Alvin and Jambutu, known as Caribbean Afro Latino specialists, combine the happy sounds of reggae, soca, calypso, modern and classic and the tantalising sounds of the steel drum. These musicians have performed throughout Australia, including the Sydney Opera House, Bathurst races and the Woodford Folk Festival.
The Twine is a joyous roller coaster of wild rhythm and groove that will get all ages stomping along the beat. With long-time partners Melani and Damio playing five instruments eact at the same time, and pint sized Obi Sun, this family band is a must see.
Tenzin Choegyal Tibetan musician attributes much of his passion to the influences of his early life in Tibet, his father’s mastery of the Lingbu (bamboo flute), his mother’s beautiful singing voice and a particular connection to the music of the wandering people of his homeland.
Joe Tee & Afrodisa is a unique band with music based on an unusual fusion of African rhythms, including Ghanaian Hi-life, reggae, calypso, and guitar, keyboard, bass and percussion to create an infectious dance feel.
Oz India, a new addition to the festival, is about positive creations between Australian and Indian cultures, being the collaboration between virtuoso tabla player Ravi Singh and multi-instrumentalist Francis Gilfedder. They have played at a variety of festivals including Woodford Folk Festival. Global Grooves Festival and Queensland Multicultural Festival, as well as performing in India ant Queensland Parliament House.
Walisuma, a favourite of the festival, is a group of four South American musicians who perform the beautiful, timeless music of the Andes in Peru. Their exotic colourful dress is only surpassed by the magic of the pan-flute music that covers ancient and contemporary genres, which is sure to appeal to different tastes and age groups.
Pete O’ Brien writes from the heart and gives everything to his music. Recently recording an album in Nashville, Pete’s highly acclaimed music is described as alternative country and appeals to a wide variety of people.
Swing ‘N’ Dixie Jazz, almost a fixture of Childers Festival, will perform music that will transport you to New Orleans and the Deep South. Brassy sounds by highly skilled musicians.
The Brass Monkeys are one of most sought after bands in the Wide Bay area and are sure to get the crowd going to their fantastic tributes to such artists as Elvis Presley, Cold Chisel, Johnny Cash and Buddy Holly.
Khygy is a unique solo artist that produces two incredible performances with the didgeridoo.
Titti Frutti & The Amazing Flea Circus is sure to keep the kids and adults amazed and delighted. Flying trapeze and many more.
Manoeuvre are exceptional stilt performers who interact wonderfully with the crowd.
Nefertiti Multicultural Dance provides a palette of joyful cultural dance from countries such as Egypt, Hawaii and Spain. Their contemporary hoop dance comes complete with swirling skirts and big smiles.
Flaming Sands is exceptional dancing from Egypt and Turkey. Modern cabaret style and “belly dancing” is accompanied by vibrant drumming.
Isis Multicultural Group is an old favourite of the festival. This dancing group will again delight the crowd with a variety of colourful dances including dances from the Philippines and other Asian cultures.
Next month in August, it will be Bundaberg’s turn to showcase their own version of their Multicultural festival to show the cultural diversity of the Bundaberg region.