Ten days, 130+ artists, and 50+ events: this year’s Rush Festival is set to ignite the Gympie region with two jam-packed weeks of creativity and family fun!
Rush 2018 will be an imaginative celebration of grass-roots arts, local culture, heritage and eclectic performances for every age, interest and taste.
Gympie Regional Council’s annual Rush Festival will be held 11 – 21 October 2018 across 20 venues in the Gympie Town Centre.
Gympie’s decades-old tradition of building and riding homemade billy carts will be reinvigorated during this year’s Rush Festival, with the introduction of the exciting Nashy’s 500 Billy Cart Challenge on Mellor Street.
The exciting new Rush Carnivale is an exciting family experience spread across 9-acres of the Gympie Town Centre on Saturday 13 October. The Civic Centre and Mellor Street Precinct will come alive with roaming entertainment, live music, kids rides and fair food.
The Rush Carnivale will feature five indoor and outdoor stages, over 60 acts, as well as the historic Gold Rush Parade, Nashy’s 500 Billy Cart Challenge, Billy Cart Drive-In, street performances, acrobatics, children’s workshops and licensed 18+ bar areas.
Internationally-renowned physical comedy duo Ruby Rubberlegs and Daniel Oldaker aka ‘Dandyman’ will bring their inimitable circus bonanza to Gympie during Rush’s Comedy Gold festival alongside DC Callan (Adelaide Fringe Festival) and world-improv Queen Rebecca De Unamuno (Hamish & Andy, The Chaser’s War on Everything, Kath & Kim).
Urban folk superstar Darren Hanlon returns to his small town roots from his US Tour for an exclusive performance at the Heritage Theatre. While here, he will bring all his industry experience with him to develop local musicians through a series of writing and vocal workshops, alongside a swag of his industry colleagues.
Combining art with technology, Gympie Civic Centre’s Prospector’s Hall will transform from a traditional exhibition and performance space into a never seen before immersive experience. Through the use of high definition multimedia equipment, artist James Muller will curate a digital show that amplifies emotions and creates a unique visual and soundscape event.
Craft beer aficionados can taste the Gympie region and hinterland’s finest craft beers on the first ever Pale Ale Rail ride. Departing Gympie’s historic Rattler Railway Station, passengers will be treated to tastes of bespoke craft beers while listening to live music performances on a return trip to quaint cottage town Amamoor.
Rush Festival 2018 will kick off from 6.00pm Thursday 11 October at the Gympie Regional Gallery with the official presentation of the 2018 Rush Art Awards, as well as outdoor artisan markets, food trucks, live acoustic music from Dan Duggan, the Dennis Sisters, and aerobatic performances.
Rush Festival is presented by Gympie Regional Council with funding support from the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund.