When the RSL announced that they would not be continuing in their role as the organisation responsible for staging the Bulimba Festival in 2016, I think most people assumed that would be the end of the festival altogether given the logistics of coordinating such a large scale event. However, the festival has not been lost and will be staged this year as a week-long celebration that gets underway next week on Monday, November 9.
The new-look festival has been designed to showcase and celebrate Bulimba and the people who make up the community. Whether it be art, music, food or fashion, there will be something for everybody at the festival, which culminates with Lunch on the Lawn on Sunday, November 15 from 10.00am. Lunch on the Lawn will incorporate the most popular aspects of the annual festival, namely the myriad market stalls and the live music program in Memorial Park. This year will see the street markets located along Stuart and Godwin Streets, along with licensed food and wine outlets in the park. There will also be a range of children’s activities throughout the day.
The live music program will feature some of Queensland’s best musical talent and will be headlined by The Grates, one of the most popular bands to come out of Brisbane in the last few years. Also on the bill are Greg Chiapello, Eden Mulholland, Avabaree, Halfway and Cheap Fakes. Entry to Lunch on the Lawn is free, although attendees nned to register at Eventbrite to help organisers manage crowd numbers and a gold coin donation would be appreciated.