Central Queensland's premier music' arts and culture celebration' The CQUniversity Village Festival is gearing up for another spectacular stage show and entertainment programme this August.
CQUniversity' the naming rights sponsor of the event' was on hand yesterday at the launch event to kick off celebrations in anticipation of the Festival commencing on 6 August' through to 15 August.
With a local history dating back to 2003' the festival boasts a significant live music programme' a vast array of performing and visual arts productions' street theatre' workshops' food and market stalls' and children's activities.
CQUniversity have proudly supported the event for over a decade' and have been the major' naming rights partner since 2016.
Associate Vice-President Kim Harrington said "CQUniversity's support of the Festival was a reflection of the University's commitment to community."
"CQUniversity prides itself on our close connection and support of our communities' and our commitment to them is as strong' if not stronger than it has ever been before.
"We support this event because it matters to our community – it celebrates the local talent we have here in our region and provides a plethora of opportunities for our community to reap the benefits from.
"We are so proud to play a major role in the continuing evolution of the CQUniversity Village Arts Festival. We have long recognised its potential and are thrilled to support an event that generates such growth' impact and opportunity for our local region."
Mayor Andy Ireland said "The CQUniversity Village Festival is one of the biggest annual events in Central Queensland' attracting thousands of people from across the State and Australia".
"The social and economic benefits of hosting events such as the Village Festival are massive and provide a huge boost to local businesses and the tourism sector' especially after a challenging 12 months as a result of COVID-19.
"It's important to point out that this not-for-profit community festival is run and managed entirely by volunteers' who work tirelessly to provide a unique event that reflects the talent and charm of our region. "
In 2021' the community will celebrate the 18th festival in the tranquil setting of the Yeppoon foreshore and at various locations and venues throughout the town and across the Capricorn region.
Festival Chairman Phil Henry said "The core music programme for the CQUniversity Village Festival is staged on the iconic Yeppoon Foreshore amphitheatre and is complemented with a number of key venues running significant music and arts programmes."
"This year's event will be extra special because of the challenges that COVID-19 has presented for the CQUniversity Village Festival Board's planning.
"As the operating environment is still changing' the Board continues to make adjustments to ensure the 2021 Festival is the best it can be.
"As well as the events on Yeppoon's main beach' other smaller venues will present a range of arts programmes and installations. Activities are also planned for Beaman Park and Bell Park in Emu Park."
For more information on the event programme' visit https://thevillagefestival.org.au/