The countdown is over – the Ipswich Festival is here, and it’s time for Ipswich to party! And there’s plenty to party about, as the event of the year showcases nationally acclaimed artists, emerging local talents and the best of our cultural heritage. Headlining the Jazz & Blues will be none other than Joe Camelleri and the Black Sorrows.
Ipswich Events has put in place a fantastic lineup of talent and events for all tastes. This year’s lineup is set to sizzle with sensation, with never before seen activities and events joining the usual crowd favourites.
Presented over 11 exciting days, the Festival from the 12th of April until the 22nd incorporates a range of free community based and special interest events to theatre and ticketed programs.
Kick-starting the Festival is the awe-inspiring display of fireworks and laser show at Fire on the River. Synchronised to a pumping sound track, be watching from the upper level of Riverlink Shopping Centre or the Bradfield Bridge at 7pm on Thursday, April 12th!
Another crowd favourite returning to the Festival is the Parade of Lights on the 14th of April, when partygoers are treated to light inspired effigies, marching bands, street theatre, colourful costumes and more! But make sure to stick around once the parade is over otherwise you’ll miss the Heritage Bank Street Party where stage performances will captivate you along Brisbane Street and D’Arcy Doyle Place.
Ipswich Festival Executive Chairman Paul Casos said the festival is a chance to really celebrate and acknowledge the prowess of the city’s artists, as well as celebrating the uniqueness of the city as a whole.
With a lineup of acts never seen before in the Ipswich Festival, Mr Casos said it’s the perfect time for first-time festival goers to revel in the entertainment.
“Each year, we expand the program content with new community events and activities,” Mr Casos said. “A new event for 2018 is the ‘Ride On – Celebration of Cycling’ based at the new Ipswich Cycle Park complex off Briggs Road at Raceview.
“This event features five separate cycling activities which complement the traditional Festival program of the magical Parade of Light, Heritage Bank Street Party featuring the eighties dance band, Mental as Anything, along with an exhibition of inspiring and renowned artists of the Ipswich Art Awards.
“With events from Tivoli to Blackstone, from Willowbank to Pine Mountain, the Festival footprint reflects the diversity of the City in both culture and special interests.”
For an extensive look at the festival’s program, visit www.ipswichfestival.com.au. Come on Ipswich – let’s party!