The Gold Coast’s reputation for hosting quality events has received another boost.
After being named the Live Music Event of the Year in the Gold Coast Music Awards earlier this year, Buskers by the Creek festival has now been named Queensland’s Best New Event at the Australian Event Awards.
Buskers by the Creek made a splash in October 2014, attracting more than 10,000 people to the shores of Currumbin Creek to watch more than 140 performers.
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Interest for the second-annual event sky-rocketed, with more than 500 applications flooding in from around the world from performers interested in taking part. This year’s line-up included more than 200 performers across 13 stages over the two day event.
Event director Cindy Jensen, who set out initially just to provide a colourful community event for her local area, said she was overwhelmed with how well received and respected the event already was. “To now be named as Queensland Best New Event at the Australian Event Awards for the festival’s first year, proves that the concept and creation has been embraced to great success,” said Cindy.
“My vision from the onset was to re-introduce the old-fashioned art of busking and to showcase undiscovered talent, so it’s very exciting and humbling to be recognised so highly already. I’m thrilled our artists will receive more exposure from this nomination and that we can further highlight the cultural depth of our beautiful city.”
The dates for 2016 have already been set and Buskers by the Creek will again take over Currumbin on October 15 and 16.