The biggest event celebration to hit the Moreton Bay Region; the Redcliffe Festival is back in 2015 for two massive weeks from 29 August to 13 September – boasting a dynamic program of free and ticketed family-friendly events, international superstars, spectacular light art and vast array of music entertainment.
If you thought the 2014 Redcliffe Festival was big – it just got a whole lot bigger in 2015!
With a mix of popular events including the Redcliffe KiteFest, Redcliffe Remembers, Jetty Fiesta and Carnivale Cruise as well as introducing some brand new components such as Scarborough Sounds and Australia’s Biggest Bush Dance – the Redcliffe Festival boasts something for everyone.
PLUS Redcliffe will welcome back an old friend to the Peninsula – Barry Gibb to unveil Stage 2 of the Bee Gees Way as part of the festivities this year.
Festival Director, Shane Newcombe, said he welcomed the opportunity to let the rest of the world in our best kept secret – Redcliffe.
“Everyone who lives in Redcliffe knows what a fabulous place the Peninsula is and how much it has to offer visitors, from its beautiful beaches, to its world-class tourist attractions, and the Redcliffe Festival will show this off to the world,” Mr Newcombe said.
The program will spoil visitors for choice with a diverse program of free and ticketed events.
Kicking off the festival weekend on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 August will be the family-favourite Redcliffe KiteFest.
“Families will get swept away in the fun with spectacular kite displays, Stars Down Under Water Ski Show, live stage show from SpongeBob Square Pants, aerobatic displays, stage entertainment, market stalls, children workshops and amusement rides plus stacks more,” Mr Newcombe explained.
The following weekend will debut the brand new event, Scarborough Sounds, from 5pm on Sunday, 6 September. Held along the Scarborough Foreshore, visitors will be encouraged to bring along a chair or blanket and settle in for a relaxing Father’s Day afternoon listening to the sounds of Australia’s string sensations DeepBlue Orchestra.
The final weekend of the Redcliffe Festival will kick off on Friday, 11 September when Barry Gibb returns home to Redcliffe to unveil Stage 2 of Bee Gees Way.
“We are thrilled to have Barry back in Redcliffe for this special occasion and we have some exciting plans for the day that we will reveal shortly,” said Mr Newcombe.
The following day, Redcliffe Parade will come alive with colour and chaos when the circus comes to town for Redcliffe biggest street party from 3pm on Saturday, 12 September. Featuring spectacular light displays, circus-inspired acts, beach performances, fire-twirling, neon lights, twilight markets and stage entertainment, Jetty Fiesta is certainly a ‘must-do’ on the Redcliffe Festival program.
“The highlight of the night will be at 8pm when the Redcliffe Jetty and sky ignites from the biggest fireworks display ever seen in Redcliffe,” Mr Newcombe boasts.
Step back in time on Sunday as the Redcliffe Foreshore is transformed into historical host spots, celebrating and honouring the Peninsula and its past at Redcliffe Remembers.
“Redcliffe has a rich past that has cemented the town’s place in Australian history and Redcliffe Remembers offers endless opportunities to explore and remember the iconic people and places that have shaped the Peninsula,” Mr Newcombe said.
The Redcliffe Remembers program will boast a re-enactment of the first European Settlement and Indigenous welcome, stage entertainment, Revin’ Up Redcliffe car show, pop-up museum, penny arcade, billy cart races, young explorers zone, buskers, roving entertainment and market stalls, plus more.
With a program bursting at the seams with activity, there’s one thing for sure – the 2015 Redcliffe Festival is not to be missed.
For more information about the Redcliffe Festival and to start planning your festival weekend visit www.redcliffefestival.com.au
CONTENT CREDIT- Luke Richter-Steers