Over 10,000 people flocked to Winders Park on the weekend of 18-19 October, to watch more than 140 performers showcase their talents along Currumbin’s creek scape for the inaugural Buskers by the Creek event.
A diverse mix of talent including singer/songwriters, acrobats, drummers, hula dancers and the world’s smallest extreme sport enthusiasts, The Radical Rodents, entertained the crowds.
The gifted Dan Hannaford opened the festivities on the Saturday and a fire performance by Gold Coast’s very own Energy Entertainments closed the day’s events.
Festival singer/songwriter finalists then competed at the “Battle of the Buskers”, which saw over 300 people through the doors at Currumbin Creek Tavern. Local performer Katie Who took out the “Totally Talented” title.
Ash Perrow, a founding member of local band The Lamplights, took centre stage first up on Sunday for an instrumental session showdown, while Pinksta, the Imamba dancers and community drummers also set the stage alight with their cultural celebration.
The weeked was complete with performance artists painting and creating their masterpieces for the crowds, while local restaurants dished up their international fare at the food stalls.
Thousands of positive comments were received from festival goers through event feedback forms, and the initial economic impact figures are promising.
Buskers by the Creek is a welcome edition to the region’s event calendar and organisers are looking forward to building on its’ success in years to come. Congratulations to all involved on the success of the inaugural event.