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FOUR ISLANDS FESTIVAL

• Felicity of the Caravel ‘Notorious’ with Captain Jack the Pirate Magician.

STAGE SET FOR EXCITING 4 ISLANDS FESTIVAL

The inaugural 4 Islands Festival is all falling into place and events will take place from August 1-9.

The Festival is the concept of the Sandy Beach Sailing and Kayak Club, only newly formed. However, the committee has some very exciting plans for the future of the club and this requires money.

Two well-known island personalities, Steve Morgan and Bob Turner, set the stage for the club, then handed over to a committee, now incorporated.

“We think it is time our islands have a festival that can not only entertain and interest islanders, but also serve to attract visitors to our island group,” Steve Morgan said."" The Islands need to be looked at as a group and there is a need for better involvement between all islands economically, recreationally, commercially and as a tourist destination. Therefore the 4 Islands Festival will become a showcase to what is available here."

Bob Turner says the intent is for the 4 Islands Festival to become an annual event.“ The vision is the Event will be a platform to get visitors over to the Islands and see for themselves the true beauty of the Islands and the lifestyle that is on offer,” he told The Friendly Bay Islander.

"We hope to highlight the waters of the Bay through Sailing, and the Arts through Sculpture and Photography."

The Festival will be a stage for the Quandamooka People to have a voice and exhibit their culture with the Quandamooka Festival also being held at this time.

Saturday August 1, The opening ceremony will be held at the Tingira Boat Club, Macleay Island , 6pm, with the Quandamooka Dancers performing and Elders sharing Dreaming stories.Ticket sales are limited and the Night is now SOLD OUT, sorry for those who missed out. Together with the Lions Club, a market day will be held at the Macleay Island Community Hall Grounds. There will be Live Music and more, whilst down at the Macleay Jetty ' Notorious ' an authentic replica of a 15th century Caravel craft will be moored both Saturday and Sunday for visitation and inspection .

Sunday August 2 will be Dress as a Pirate Day, with a special appearance by Pirate magician Captain Jack, with prizes given to best boy and girl pirate, meet at 'Notorious' at the Macleay Jetty 10am.

Also just across on Karragarra Island a sailing event involving the Sandy Beach, Tingira and Karragarra yacht clubs and several mainland clubs will finish at the famous Karragarra Beach around 1pm with food, entertainment and dancing by the Quandamooka Dancers on the beach, markets,music and more. One of Australians best known country artists, James Blundell will be in concert at the Macleay Island Community Hall at 6.00pm, with food and Drinks available. Tickets can be purchased at the MI Golf Club, RI Bowls Club, Blue Parrot Cafe, Canaipa Nursery, and My Health Aisle RI.

Friday August 7, the 'My Island Home' Photo Competition will be judged at the Russell Island Bowls Club from 6pm, Elvis Tribute Show with Gabe Phoenix, food and drinks.

Saturday August 8, The attention will fall on Lamb Island, with a Market Day and Live Music around the Lamb Island Convenience Store.

Sunday, August 9, Russell Island will also get to Dress Like a Pirate day at Jock Kennedy Park with markets, live music and pirate fun! Music will be a large part of the day on Russell with the Jon Jass Combo and a range of high quality guests playing a range of Blues, Jazz and Contemporary Tunes.

Right throughout the week Outside Sculpture will be on display on the 4 Islands.

The Festival will conclude at Jock Kennedy Park Russell Island with a special closing ceremony.

Steve Morgan and Bob Turner hope the 4 Islands Festival is embraced by the entire Island Community.

“This is a starting point and, hopefully, we can build on it over the coming years,” Steve Morgan said.

More information on Market Stall Applications, Photography Competition Entry, Outside Sculpture Entry go to www.thebayislandsgetaway.com.

The Festival would also like to thank Redlands City Council for the wonderful support, Sponsors of the Outside Sculpture Competition Russell Island IGA, The 4IF Raffle sponsors BCF Cleveland, the volunteers involved and the support of the Bay Islands Community.

James Blundell being the Festivals Highlight Event is bookings only, so get in now to purchase Tickets at the MI Golf Club, RI Bowls Club, Blue Parrot Cafe, Canaipa Nursery, and My Health Aisle RI.

Let the Festival begin.

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