1770 Festival draws crowds to region

1770 Festival draws crowds to region

A committed team of volunteers, suppliers, performers, sponsors, and stallholders are enjoying a well-deserved break after another bringing another successful 1770 Festival to life last month.

Roving performers such as The Mask Family/ Bubbles on Stilts, Blue Mantis and Rachel Butler drew an impressive turnout, including families from the region, and Grey Nomads and visitors who travelled to the area specifically to attend the festival.

Event Coordinator Sharon Hare said visitors were keen to connect and take in all the festival and Town of 1770 had to offer, with many offering positive feedback.

“It was an honour to have the highly anticipated Troy Cassar-Daley perform at the festival, and he was well-received by the audience,” she said.

The high light of the 28th annual festival for Sharon was, as always, the Gooreng Gooreng families presenting their interpretation of stories through song and dance.

“Thank you to the Gooreng Gooreng for their continuing collaboration on the 1770 Festival, and the Elders kind and loving words that they shared with me over the course of the festival,” she said.

“I pay my deepest respect to the family of Uncle Mervyn Johnson, who is one of the festival founders, and offer my condolences to them after Uncle Merv passed in 2019.”

Sharon said the festival would not be possible without the dedication and support of government stakeholders, local businesses, not-for-profits and volunteers.

“A big thank you to everyone from Tourism & Events Queensland to Gladstone Regional Council, local businesses such as The Ages Water Tavern, 1770 Lagoons and Sandastles 1770,” she said.

“Your ongoing support of the festival is truly valued.

“And much love to all the community groups and volunteers who supported the 1770 Festival Coordination Team, including Captain Cook Lions Club and the Discovery Coast Environmental Group.”

The festival team is now enjoying some time off before planning for the 2022 Agnes Blues Roots & Rock Festival (February) and the 1770 Festival (May), kicks off in July.

Sharon said the group encourages community support and involvement as “many hands make light work”.

“If you’re interested in becoming a part of the 1770 Festival Coordination Team we would love to hear from you so please get in touch,” she said.

For more information contact Sharon directly on events@dctc.com.au.

Photo credits: H&M Productions Australia