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14th April 2018 to 15th April 2018

Shane Muspratt Cup

The Tropic Shane Muspratt Cup is an annual Under 12s Junior Rugby League Football carnival held at Rugby Park in Ayr. The event attracts visitors from Cairns, Townsville, Charters Towers and Mackay. Nearly 500 junior athletes will converge on Rugby Park for two days of competitive football.

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27th April 2018

An Evening with Jimeoin and Guests

Burdekin Special School P & C presents An Evening with Jimeoin and Guests starring Jimeoin, Courtney Ammenhauser and Attori. From the ridiculous to the hilarious… come and see Jimeoin’s new show at the Burdekin Memorial Hall in support of the Burdekin Special School, as he takes you into the brain of one of the world’s best stand up comedians and masters of observational humour. Following Jimeoin will be performances by Courtney Ammenhauser and Attori. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. An Evening with Jimeoin and Friends is raising money towards a bus for the kids at the Burdekin School. Please note: This is an 18 plus event.

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6th May 2018

Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Australia’s largest comedy festival is packing up and ready to roll! Join the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow as it journeys around Australia, home-delivering hot and tasty comic treats to audiences near and far. Featuring fantastic funnymakers from Australia and beyond, the Roadshow has it all. It’s stand-up, sketch, satire, silliness and song – all in one side-splitting show! For nearly 20 years this roving tour-de-comedy has visited towns and cities around Australia, from Mildura to Mt Isa and everywhere in between. There’s nowhere these exceptional entertainers fear to tread, so the show is bound to be heading your way. You won’t want to miss it when this bounty of belly laughs rolls into town. Come on Australia – pack your laughing gear and get on board the Roadshow! Artists confirmed for the 2018 Burdekin Comedy Festival Roadshow are: Brennan Reece (UK) Dane Simpson Gillian Cosgriff And Sam Taunton With one more act to be announced.

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6th May 2018

Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow

Australia’s largest comedy festival is packing up and ready to roll! Join the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow as it journeys around Australia, home-delivering hot and tasty comic treats to audiences near and far. Featuring fantastic funnymakers from Australia and beyond, the Roadshow has it all. It’s stand-up, sketch, satire, silliness and song – all in one side-splitting show! For nearly 20 years this roving tour-de-comedy has visited towns and cities around Australia, from Mildura to Mt Isa and everywhere in between. There’s nowhere their exceptional entertainers fear to tread, so they’re bound to be heading your way. You won’t want to miss it when this bounty of belly laughs rolls into town. Come on Australia – pack your laughing gear and get on board the Roadshow! Warning: Performances often contain coarse language, sexual references and material that can offend. It is recommended for people aged 15 years or older.

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2nd June 2018

Australian Hand Cane Cutting Championships

The Australian Hand Cane Cutting Championships is a test of skill and endurance, with thousands of dollars in prize money up for grabs for competitors. Bring the family to experience history coming back to life, in the sugar capital of Australia- the Burdekin region. Spectators will have the opportunity to walk through a paddock of burnt sugarcane - an unusual and memorable experience for many city dwellers. The dirty, back-breaking work of a by-gone era, the expertise of the 'old-timers', and the excitement of the 'Cut, Top and Load' will be on show again at this iconic Australian event. Sit back and enjoy live entertainment, wander through vintage machinery from yesteryear, take part in a workshop or two, enjoy a bite to eat from one of their many food providers or have a cold drink from the bar. There is something to do for the whole family with free children’s craft and activities, an animal farm, jumping castle and mini train rides. The Australian Hand Cane Cutting Championships are held at the Home Hill Showgrounds, about one and a quarter hour's drive south of Townsville, and 15 minutes from Ayr.

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17th June 2018

Carmen presented by Melbourne City Ballet

Melbourne City Ballet’s portrayal of the classic “Carmen”, tells the story of Don Jose, a young spanish policeman working away from home. Don Jose receives a letter from his mother calling on him to return home to marry childhood friend Micaela. Don Jose’s world is changed when Carmen, a local popular gypsy girl, seduces Don Jose into freeing her from police custody after she has an altercation with her friend at a cigarette factory. Melbourne City Ballet’s Artistic Director Michael Pappalardo reimagines “Carmen” to Bizet’s famous score to bring to life an evocative opera ballet paying homage to the well known spanish inspired tragedy. Pappalardo’s “Carmen” is designed to be a loud and bold affair, pulling the audience in from the first overture. To celebrate this exciting performance, Burdekin Theatre will be offering an exclusive hour ballet workshop with Melbourne City Ballet’s professional artists. This session will not only provide Burdekin residents the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of ballet artistry but to meet some of the cast of “Carmen”. No ballet experience required! Just bring your fitness clothing and your sense of fun. This event has very limited available so make sure you don’t miss out.

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20th June 2018

Morning Melodies: Rachael Beck- This Girl

Join Rachael on an intimate journey of song, story and laughs as she dissects her career and life thus far. Through songs from shows such as Cabaret, Les Misérables and A Little Night Music, to rock anthems penned by artists such as Bob Dylan, Kate Bush and KD Lang, Rachael will leave you with your heart on your sleeve. As one of Australia’s best-loved performers, Rachael Beck is a multi-faceted, award-winning powerhouse whose talents span across stage and screen as both an acclaimed vocal artist and actress. Performing songs from her stunning new album, This Girl, join Rachael on an intimate journey of song, story and laughs as she dissects her career and life thus far. Through songs from shows such as Cabaret, Les Misérables and A Little Night Music, to rock anthems penned by artists such as Kate Bush and KD Lang, Rachael will leave you with your heart on your sleeve.

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21st June 2018

Kevin Bloody Wilson- Almost Awesome Tour

Tick off the bucket list with Kevin Bloody Wilson ‘The Almost Awesome Tour’. The Kevin Bloody Wilson Show is not just a concert performance, for most, it’s a full on event. Kevin has become a national institution – a must see for any person wanting to see absolute original Australian comedy. His recently released biography ‘DILLIGAF, The Life And Rhymes Of Kevin Bloody Wilson’ is a raucous, earthy, in depth look at perhaps one of the only Australian comedians who has not bowed to the pressures of political correctness. Kevin Bloody Wilson’s story is remarkable. He has become a part of Australian Culture, a part of who we are and how we define ourselves. His DILLIGAF attitude is a quality to be envied. He’s been listed in Who’s Who, his entire body of work has been preserved for future generations with the National Film and Sound Archive in Canberra and his fan base stretches from Broken Hill to Buckingham Palace. It’s also a known fact that nobody tells Australian stories better than Kevin Bloody Wilson.

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18th August 2018 to 19th August 2018

The Golden Octopus Foundation Burdekin R.U.M Weekend

It’s where the bush meets the beach and where man meets beast. It’s where music creates mateship and where ute lovers rejoice. It’s R.U.M - Rodeo, Utes and Music. Put on your best Akubra, get a little dust under the nails and head to The Golden Octopus Foundation Burdekin R.U.M Weekend. Experience a weekend long program of rodeo, utes, music and just good old fashioned fun. Cheer on Australia’s best Bull Riders from lunch time on Saturday and then dance the night away with live entertainment from The Keely Johnson Band followed by Australia’s biggest country rock band, The Wolfe Brothers. Rise and shine on Sunday and experience North Queensland’s biggest Ute Muster featuring a stellar line up of entertainment including national rockabilly band The Hi-Boys, leading Australian Country Music duo The Long and Short Of It and Trans-Tasman Entertainer of the Year, Mason Hope. With onsite camping available all weekend, a licenced bar and an array of food and beverages to purchase there’s no reason to leave! Yeeehaaa!

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12th October 2018 to 14th October 2018

Burdekin Readers' and Writers' Festival

Ignite Your Mind Burdekin Readers' and Writers' Festival 2018 will be the third literary festival staged, the inaugural festival occurring in 2015. Organisers of the three day event endeavour to give the local community and surrounding regions the opportunity to attend "conversations with high profile Australian authors" and explore and expand their writing skills by attending Writing Workshops. On the Friday evening "Dinner with the Authors' is a further opportunity for attendees to mix and mingle with guest authors in a pleasant, social atmosphere. Differing from the sometime industrial feel of big city festivals, this Literary Festival will inspire, stimulate and entertain.

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11th November 2017 to 10th November 2018

Home Hill Harvest Festival

Home Hill Harvest Festival celebrates the rich agricultural history of the Burdekin and the great lifestyle that comes from living off the land. The festival program commences early October and concludes with the Grande Parade and Mardi Gras in early November. The Grand Parade is a display of colourful floats, magical performances and lots of giveaways. The Mardi Gras features children’s activities, rides and entertainment. As well as interesting and interactive information stalls, displays and art exhibitions. Food and beverage stalls are a plenty offering a wide array of locally made delights and the bar has cold beverages ready to serve. Enjoy live entertainment from an array of musicians and performers throughout the night.

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