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Record levels of support for the CQUniversity Village Festival

26 May 2017

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The CQUniversity Village Festival will again be a highlight on the calendars of locals and visitors when it graces the stage of the Yeppoon Foreshore on 11-13 August 2017.

Organisers of the Village Festival said that it was great to see all three tiers of government supporting the event.

Chair of the CQUniversity Village Festival, Mr Phil Henry said that last week Livingstone Shire Council announced its construction plans for shade structures on the beach stage of the Yeppoon Foreshore, stating that the shade will be installed in time for the festival.

“This is great news for us as the event is less than three months away and the stage will host up to 90% of the free public performances held during the Festival.”

“As a key event on the Capricorn Coast calendar, we certainly appreciate this investment from the Australian and Queensland Government, who with Council are funding these improvements as part of the Yeppoon Foreshore and Town Centre Revitalisation (Stages 3, 4 & 5) project,” said Mr Henry.

The CQUniversity Village Festival has also received strong support from Tourism and Events Queensland under their Destination Events program.

This additional support will enable the Board of the Festival to forge a solid strategy for the future of the event, and to sell Yeppoon as a visitor destination in conjunction with the Village Festival.

With a new Board of professionals passionate about the event, the future of the Festival and its ability to support local businesses and grow local talent has been a focus.

“Earlier this month the CQUniversity Village Festival Board hosted a workshop with a diverse range of key stakeholders, including Council, CQ University, community representatives, tourism businesses, musicians and performing artists to explore the strategic direction and future of the festival,” Mr Henry said.

“The high level of engagement and participation in this workshop was testament to the festival’s connection to the community.”

“As the premier arts, music and culture festival in our region, the event attracts up to 15,000 attendees to the Coast. The festival is coordinated without staff and relies on volunteers, so it is important that the community and local businesses also support and get involved in this event,” said Mr Henry.

The Village Festival Board strongly encourages community groups, arts performers, musicians and potential stallholders to let us know if they’d like to be involved or add to our program.

 

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