ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
What Is Cully Fest?
Cully means friend. The festival, Cully Fest brings together friends, new and old, bridging gaps between city and country, improves knowledge, understanding, celebrates heart and spirit of outback culture, tradition and history.
This year, Cully Fest it is being held for two days at the Toowoomba Showgrounds from October 13 & 14.
Cully Fest celebrates the spirit, traditions and culture of the Outback, aligning hero experiences of history, heritage, authentic country life, outback adventure. Activities include; outback art, craft and survival, indigenous dance, arts, craft and story telling, cooking demonstrations (bush tucker), dinosaur bone and opal fossicking, country & folk music.
Our signature experience at the festival, Cully Fest is connecting visitors, locals and schools to the heart and spirit of outback culture, tradition and history through education, interaction, performance and fun. Showcasing unique attractions (opal, dinosaurs), facilitating workshops, activities and staging performances which incorporate indigenous culture, outback culture and characters, country & folk music.
A key part of the festival experience is to also share the values of the outback which include being, united, warm, hospitable, trusting, helpful, hardworking, generous, genuine, resourceful and stoic.
The festival programme features concerts, dances, street theatre, writers, film festival, comedy sessions, social discussions, native food, children’s activities, art and craft workshops, music workshops, and special events.
Within the festival village all are weather proof so no matter what weather is presented the festival is an all weather event so it does not interfere with your plans. The festival streets are lined with restaurants, cafes, stalls, bars, street theatre and parades. Tree-filled campgrounds, butterfly walks, ponds and wildlife complete the picturesque site.
The festival appeals to a diverse audience with all ages, it is accessible if you have special needs or require assistance and is a great family friendly event.
The event is powered by warm, hospitable, trusting, helpful, generous people who share our outback values of hard work, resourcefulness, and being united.
Volunteering at the festival is a great way to get involved and experience first hand the heart and spirit of outback culture with an amazing group of individuals.
The festival is a place you can escape from ‘reality’ and immerse yourself in cultures from near and far. It is a place where artists inspire, community spirit engulfs and life memories are made. We hope you will join us.
- Festival Maps
- Festival of Food
Plenty of Live Shows
Cully Fest has got your music needs covered!
This year, we are excited to announce a range of country and folk artists to the Cully Fest line-up. Music is a great way to tell a story, share history and traditions, attract attention to a cause, feed the soul, dance and have fun.
Cully Fest headlining music acts will soon be released
To find out more about the live shows, check out our MUSIC page.
Cully Fest celebrates the spirit, traditions and culture of the Outback
Cully Fest gives you access to many passionate and knowledgeable Aboriginal musicians, artists, storytellers, dancers sharing the hands-on experience of this culture through a series of workshops, talks and performances.
There are many ways to share and engage in culture at Cully Fest we celebrate culture through; Country & Folk Music, Dance, Art, Characters, History, Writing, adventure, life experience and food.
Activities included; Soon to be announced!
To find out more, be sure to check out our WORKSHOPS page.
The Kids' Festival
We know that kids need to be kept entertained and that is why we created the Kids’ Fest!
Kids Fest is all inclusive of the Cully Fest and allows kids to run around and participate in activities without having to come back to you every five minutes looking for money.
We have a number of fun and educational activities, workshops and performances planned. These include:
- Laser Tag
- Animal Farm
- Opal Fossicking
- And so much more!
To find out more, follow the KIDS FESTIVAL link.
Find Your Inner Artist
Art at Cully Fest is a form of expression, storytelling, educating, sharing, imagination, interpretation, history and skill.
There are so many forms of art that can be created through visual and performing art, which evoke feelings of emotion. Art is everywhere in our history, it is in our every day lives and weather we know it or not we are all surrounded with art in its many forms and is constantly evolving and becoming even more prevalent with wide spread access to technology.
To celebrate all the different mediums of being creative, Cully Fest has a range of workshops to get your creative juices going:
- Drawing classes
- Chalk art
- Creative Arts with Susie Klein Art
- Singing and song writing classes
- Cooking classes
- Bush Survival classes
- and more….
To find out more, go to the WORKSHOPS page.