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Queensland Government set to launch new country music festival
Far North Queensland plans to deliver the state’s newest country music festival in 2020, with Savannah in the Round to debut at Mareeba after the event was secured by the Queensland Government this month.
The festival will be staged through a partnership between the Queensland Government, via Tourism and Events Queensland, Tourism Tropical North Queensland and event management company Sound Australia.
Advising the festival will be part of 2020’s Year of Indigenous Tourism, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk explained “Year of Outback Tourism brought more than a million tourists spending $750 million to our regional and remote communities.
“The Year of Indigenous Tourism gives us a focus to promote the Far North in the same way.”
Tourism Tropical North Queensland Chief Executive Mark Olsen noted the festival was a welcome addition to the region’s event calendar, noting “it is an incredible opportunity to showcase local and internationally renowned talent, including First Nations artists, in the spectacular setting of the Tablelands, an Outback experience just 60km from Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef.”
Queensland Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones added “over the last five years, we’ve more than doubled the value of Queensland’s major events calendar which will generate $880 million for our state in 2020.”
The new festival, to be held over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend in October, is expected to attract more than 15,000 tourists to the Far North with some of the leading the best country music acts from across Australia.
Member for Barron River Craig Crawford said Savannah in the Round was a win for the Far North’s tourism industry commenting “Far North Queensland has a rich history and culture. This event will showcase these attributes to the world.
“Savannah in the Round will have a strong focus on First Nations culture, which makes it a perfect fit for 2020 – recently announced by the Premier as the Year of Indigenous Tourism.
“Far North Queensland is the best place in the world to visit and live. Events like this help us prove that to thousands of people each year.”
Sound Australia Chief Executive James Dein advised Kerribee Park Rodeo Grounds at Mareeba would make the perfect home for the festival, concluding “the Mareeba festival site is as good as I have seen in the country.
“With such great infrastructure and the incredible reef and rainforest experiences on their doorstep, I can’t imagine any international artist not wanting to put this great new event on their calendar.
“It’s an amazing opportunity for Tropical North Queensland and shows the state is again leading the way.”
For more information, visit www.savannahintheround.com.au
19th December 2019 - Australia Council reveals new opportunities for contemporary music touring
12th December 2019 - Bushfire fears leads to cancellation of NSW Central Coast festival
5th December 2019 - Program for Woodford Folk Festival 2019/20 includes wellness events
6th November 2019 - Inaugural Australian Festival Industry Conference deemed a success
31st October 2019 - Parkes Elvis Festival returns to boost economy for regional NSW
2nd October 2019 - Federal Government flags importance of festivals to communities
25th September 2019 - Live Performance Australia advises that collaboration is key to safer music festivals
16th September 2019 - Tarnanthi Festival program announced
6th June 2019 - Queensland Government encourages outback tourism through winter
17th December 2018 - Queensland Government declares 2019 to be the Year of Outback Tourism
22nd October 2018 - Infrastructure Fund launched for Queensland outback tourism
17th October 2012 - Agricultural shows in decline, while country events thrive
17th July 2012 - Bumper crowds enjoy 63rd Mareeba Rodeo
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