A blaze of colour in the night sky will signal the start of the 2017 Ipswich Festival on Thursday 4 May.
A full 10 minutes of fireworks over the Bremer River set to its own soundtrack will once again be a crowd favourite.
The team at Ipswich Events Corporation have produced an outstanding action-packed program made possible with the support from many corporate sponsors. These sponsors make it possible for most of the events to be presented free for residents and visitors.
This year's Ipswich Festival runs from 4 to 14 May and promises to be a tremendous celebration of local and national talent, Ipswich heritage and community spirit.
From celebrating our visual arts through the Ipswich Art Awards and InSitu to the Creative Kidz Big Day Out to the Mayor's Festival Ball on 5 May, there's something for everyone to enjoy.
A regular fixture of the festival is Unmasked. I love to see the masks created each year from a new generation of school children who are invited to paint a mask within the theme of the festival. This year it is Ipswich's Iconic Species.
The masks will be on display along St Paul's Church garden in Brisbane Street.
Make sure you set aside 6 May for the very popular Parade of Light followed by the Heritage Bank Street Party featuring live entertainment alongside HONK! with more than 100 classic, vintage and muscle cars on display.
Other Ipswich Festival highlights include:
- May 11 - Festival Cabaret
An intimate 'one night only' performance commissioned for the Ipswich Festival. Lovers and Losers features Alison St Ledger, Sandro Colarelli and Tyrone Noonan. Be prepared for some great fun, familiar tunes and the element of surprise. Tickets available at the Civic Centre.
- May 12 - Sounds of the 60's
Featuring the unforgettable Doug Parkinson with his tribute to Joe Cocker. Tickets available at the Civic Centre.
- May 13 - Global Fiesta
A wonderful celebration of our multicultural community right here in Ipswich and south east Queensland.
- May 14 - Jazz Wine and Blues
Be entertained by Aussie legend Russell Morris and some of the region's best jazz and blues artists while sampling some great local wines.
The Ipswich Festival continues to go from strength to strength. This year is no exception.
On behalf of all councillors of the City of Ipswich, welcome to the 2017 Ipswich Festival. Have fun!
Mayor Paul Pisasale
City of Ipswich