ARTISTS

Kate Ceberano

A Night at the Paragon with Kate Ceberano
Friday 29 July | 7 - 10pm
Childers Festival
Sunday 31 July | 12.15 - 1.30pm

Possessing one of the great voices of her generation, Kate Ceberano has barely drawn breath since her career began, racking up 28 albums over 35 years. With 13 platinum albums, 8 gold albums, 3 ARIA awards and 7 nominations for Best Female Artist, Kate is Australian entertainment royalty.  

Kate has also starred in productions of Jesus Christ Superstar and South Pacific, hosted her own tonight show, won Dancing with the Stars and was the first woman inducted into the Australian Songwriters Association Hall of Fame. A national treasure, we are thrilled to welcome her to the Childers Festival stage.

The Swingin' Martinis

A Night at the Paragon with Kate Ceberano
Friday 29 July | 7 - 10pm

See Johnny and Vinny swing their way through an array of classic tunes that will have you singing and dancing along at a cracking pace! The Swingin' Martinis have entertained many audiences from across Australia and the globe.

Their songs range from Frank Sinatra classics through to ABBA and Tom Jones. Make no mistake, this show is not just about a couple of guys that can sing well, it is a classic comedy double act that has elements of contagious audience participation.

Ruby Mills

A Night at the Paragon with Kate Ceberano
Friday 29 July | 7 - 10pm

Ruby Mills is a vocalist with a natural gift for the blues, captivating audiences over the last 10 years throughout the East Coast of Australia.

Originally a Bundaberg local, Ruby won a local talent quest in 2008 and from there began to forge her career in the music industry, bringing audiences soulful tunes with a strong jazz and blues vibe.

Isis String Beans

Opera by the Lake
Saturday 30 July | 3 - 5.15pm

The Isis String Beans are a group of five young string players who perform together playing a mix of modern music and popular classics.

They performed at the 2021 International Women’s Day Breakfast and compete in Bundaberg and Maryborough Eisteddfods, regularly receiving first place.  They also play background music for functions.

The Leading Men

Opera by the Lake
Saturday 30 July | 3 - 5.15pm

The Leading Men and are made up of some of the biggest names in Australian music theatre and are famous for incorporating the great Broadway showstoppers with a touch of ‘Il Divo’, promising enjoyment, sophistication and class.

A premier collection of some of the finest voices gracing Australia’s stages today, this unique combination of performers have all played lead roles in major musicals throughout Australasia.

David De Vito

Opera by the Lake
Saturday 30 July | 3 – 5.15pm
Crescent Street Presents: Little Italy
Saturday 30 July | 6 – 6.15pm

Direct from the Australia’s Got Talent grand final stage, David De Vito is set to take his music to his Australian supporters. A classically trained pianist, the prodigious son of an opera singer father and a lover of '80s big-hair metal, vocal virtuoso David De Vito has lived a life blessed with music.

Combining his eclectic talents and tastes, David creates music that not only captures the power of his voice but also transcends genre with its blend of classical and contemporary sounds.

Isis District State High School String Orchestra

Crescent Street Presents: Little Italy
Saturday 30 July | 4 – 4.30pm

The Isis District State High School String Orchestra is made up of students learning violin, viola, cello and double bass.

The students range in age from years 7-12 and some have only been learning their instrument for a short time. This is the first year they have performed during the Childers Festival.

Bundaberg State High School Instrumental Music

Crescent Street Presents: Little Italy
Saturday 30 July | 4.30 - 5pm

Ricardo Bona

Crescent Street Presents: Little Italy
Saturday 30 July | 5 - 5.20pm

Ricardo Bona is an accordionist, music teacher, composer and a graduate of the University of Sao Paulo. Ricardo devotes his life solely to music.

He has studied abroad and plays a wide range of musical styles, including choro, forro, musica caipira, sertanejo, classical music, jazz, tango and regional folk music.

Jake and Elwood
Blues Brothers Show

Crescent Street Presents: Little Italy
Saturday 30 July | 5.20 - 6pm

John Reid and Vincent Nowell have put on their dark shades, trilby hats and inch wide ties to bring you an evening of fun, music, blues and hilarity as the one and only Blues Brothers!

Songs performed include Shake a Tail Feather, Everybody Needs Somebody, Jailhouse Rock, Gimme Some Lovin, Rawhide, Mini the Moocher and Sweet Home Chicago.

Danny Faifai

Crescent Street Presents: Little Italy
Saturday 30 July | 6.15 - 7.30pm

Danny Faifai was born in Lower Hutt New Zealand and begun performing professionally from the age of 18. To continue his professional career, Danny made the move to the Gold Coast.

He has performed throughout Australia, New Zealand and around the world with his outstanding vocal ability and pure entertainment energy.

Sunny Coast Rude Boys

Crescent Street Presents: Little Italy
Saturday 30 July | 7.30 - 9pm

The award-winning Sunny Coast Rude Boys are a 10-piece soundwave playing uplifting Ska and Reggae which draws on musical influences that have shaped this genre from the Jamaican movement through to UK Two Tone.

Crafting their sound with unexpected arrangements and seductive harmonies of powerful horns and foot-stomping drums, if you enjoy a big night of dancing to music from The Specials, Madness, The Beat, UB40, Toots and The Maytals, this band is for you!

Russell Krause

Childers Festival
Sunday 31 July | 9am - 3.30pm

Russell will be joining us as the official festival spruiker and Chilli Wing Eating Competition host. Since graduating with an acting degree from QUT, Russell has performed with a variety of theatre companies around Australia.

Professional stage productions include Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Aladdin, Pearl Fishers, A Christmas Carol, as well as a host of corporate theatre and cabaret productions around the world.

Isis Multicultural Group

Childers Festival
Sunday 31 July | 9 - 9.15am

The Isis Multicultural Group has been a part of Childers Festival since its conception.

With many members Filipino, each year crowds are wowed with traditional folk dancing, complete with bright dresses that twirl to sounds of the Philippines.

Creedence Clearwater Collective

Childers Festival
Sunday 31 July | 10.45 - 11.45am

We invite you to join us for a celebration of Creedence Clearwater Revival, as we walk through the life and music of one of the world’s most iconic bands. From their album debut in 1968 to their last album in 1972, CCR was a juggernaut of phenomenal proportions.

The Creedence Clearwater Collective brings to the stage a six-piece band with a guest saxophonist and a vocalist that emulates John Fogerty’s distinct vocals to capture the unique CCR sound.

Knee Deep

Childers Festival
Sunday 31 July | 1.45 - 2.45pm

Fronted by locals Mark Lavender and Clinton Honor, Knee Deep will have you on your feet with renditions ranging from traditional and modern toe-tapping country, easy listening sing-alongs, and energetic pub rock covers.

Winners of The Spirit of Bundaberg and Bundaberg Rum Music Festival, Knee Deep audiences can expect excellent musical performance, friendly rapport, and often unexpected antics that will leave them smiling and dancing until the end.

The Pacific Belles

Childers Festival
Sunday 31 July | 3 - 3.30pm

The Pacific Belles’ unique vintage style will take you on a trip down memory lane and have you jumping and jiving to 40’s and 50’s classics.

Join Betty, Dot and Mabel as they sing classics such as Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree, We’ll Meet Again and many more. Highlights for the Pacific Belles include ABC National TV and Radio, Royal Caribbean Cruises and Channel 10’s The Living Room.

Fiesta Creations

Childers Festival
Sunday 31 July | 9am - 3.30pm

The Fiesta Creations stilt walkers will be roaming around the festival on Sunday setting the highway alight with happiness for all to enjoy.

Have your photo with the stunning Fiesta stilt walkers as they tower above the crowds, bringing life to the event.

Fiesta Tropicale

Childers Festival
Sunday 31 July | 9am - 3.30pm

The well toured Fiesta Tropicale and their famous band on wheels take their Latin and Caribbean sounds to the streets.

Catch them roving the festival spreading their iconic Samba sounds.

Sambazzy Drum and Dance Group

Childers Festival
Sunday 31 July | 9am - 3.30pm

Sambazy performers are the Sunshine Coast’s premier street-marching samba band, complete with beautiful samba dancers.

They have performed at the likes of The Big Pineapple festival and the Triffid in Brisbane, creating lasting, colourful memories for event attendees.

Bundaberg PCYC Blazers Group

Childers Festival
Sunday 31 July | 9am - 3.30pm

PCYC Blazers are an outdoor educational youth group run by volunteers that operate out of the Bundaberg PCYC. The PCYC Blazers Chinese Dragon and Lion Dance Team are one of the PCYC Blazers many activities.

This is the 12th year the team has been training and performing together for Bundaberg and surrounding communities. Older youth members participate at various levels in the Duke Of Edinburgh Award Scheme.

ATTRACTIONS

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Childers Trail

Childers Festival
Thursday 28 - Sunday 31 July

The Childers Trail will highlight Childers artists and businesses providing an exclusive product or activity during the Childers Festival.

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Chill out at CHARTS

Childers Festival
Sunday 31 July | 9am - 3pm

Kick back end enjoy a bird's eye view of Childers Festival from the Childers Arts Space verandah. This historical building offers the best area to chill out and enjoy the festival vibe! Little art lovers can also grab a take-home festival art pack by our resident Gallery kid Artie Fartie, full of activities about the Childers streetscape.

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Childers Firehouse Potters

Childers Festival
Sunday 31 July | 9am - 3pm

On Festival Day the Childers Firehouse Potters will demonstrate their varied skills including ‘on the wheel’ and hand building, creating wonderful pieces. They have functional, artistic and quirky pieces for sale. Find them opposite the Shell service station at the northern end of Churchill Street.

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Childers Festival at the Library

Childers Festival
Saturday 30 July | 9am - 12pm

Celebrate Childers Festival at the library with a morning of children’s activities, complete with a festival inspired book display for all to enjoy.

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The Old Pharmacy

Childers Festival
Saturday 30 July | 9am - 2pm
Sunday 31 July | 9am - 3pm

The Old Pharmacy is a visitor attraction overflowing with a range of pharmaceutical displays and early medicines from the last century, local artwork and handmade souvenirs. Free to enter, with tours of the dispensary a gold coin donation.

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Sacred Heart Catholic Church

Childers Festival
Sunday 31 July | 8.30am - 12pm

Built in 1941, Sacred Heart Church is a beautiful Romanesque style church. The land beside the Church was used to build a convent and a school for the Sisters of St Joseph, who had been operating a school in Childers since 1926. On the corner of Churchill and Stewart Streets, it will be open for festival visitors to view.