The Crush Festival connects with the wealth of creativity in the Bundaberg Region, making vibrant, innovative, world-class experiences.
Crush is a Bundaberg Regional Council event coordinated by Creative Regions. A team from Creative Regions and other contracted local events organisers assist in ensuring the professionalism and sustainability of the festival team.
In 2016, Crush Festival celebrates eight years of showcasing high quality arts and culture, and the provision of countless professional development opportunities for artists who reside in our region and throughout regional Queensland. The Bundaberg region is an arts hub with many practicing artists in a variety of forms living and working here to create a vibrant arts and cultural scene. The Festival has grown immensely over the years, attracting almost 36,000 people in 2015.
2016 also marks a year of exciting changes to the Crush Festival program. Crush will now be a 10-day curated event, and an even more dynamic, vibrant and action-packed Festival. Crush Festival gives you an opportunity to explore lots of different art forms be they digital work, street art, film, exhibitions, workshops, ceramics, writing and allows you to participate in a variety of artistic experiences. These link with our region’s destination hero experiences including our amazing local produce and culinary skills, our turtles and the Southern Great Barrier Reef and the iconic people, places and stories of our region.
Crush Festival has a desire to become known as an international celebration of regional arts practice, with an emphasis on new and innovative ideas, emerging arts and artists as well as highly professional working artists and works.
Crush Festival is becoming a true celebration of what it means to live and create artwork in regional areas around the world and in the meantime celebrates the achievements of the people who make up, live in, and love our region.
Dear [teacher’s name] Tonight Angus has been unable to complete his homework because there have been far too many other exciting things taking priority. Bundaberg’s Crush Festival is in full swing and we’ve been attending arts and cultural events instead of staying at home to write out number facts and spelling. I’m sure you will understand that art out in the open for everyone to enjoy at all times of the day or night is a valuable experience. This is exactly what we have been enjoying as we’ve watched the 7 artists in 7 days project evolve over this last week!
– Letter to teacher from Petrina McDonald, Bundaberg resident
Richard Gill’s bootcamp was an outstanding opportunity for Bundaberg musicians. And they took it! The concert was evidence of a wonderful week of learning, work, and most of all, great enjoyment. Richard Gill is a national treasure!
– Facebook comment about the Richard Gill Choir and Orchestral Bootcamp during Crush 2013.