Surfers Paradise Festival launches for 2014

surfers paradise festival showbotz 250wMINISTER for Tourism Jann Stuckey and Deputy Mayor Donna Gates joined musicians, local traders and community members for the official launch of the 5th annual Surfers Paradise Festival today.

The annual event will celebrate music, art, food and culture over four massive weekends from April 2 – 26.

This year a three day licensed beach concert, spectacular ANZAC Day fireworks display, and a brand new culinary experience Surf Seafood and Symphony will join headline events Street Parade, the Australian Street Entertainment Championships, One Way Street Party, and Shorts in Paradise Film Festival (SIPFest).


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Queensland Minister for Tourism and Major Events Jann Stuckey said the Surfers Paradise Festival was a highly-anticipated event on the Famous for Fun Gold Coast event calendar.

“Celebrating our community spirit, vibrant culture and talented residents, this year’s Surfers Paradise Festival is set to be bigger and better than ever, with a superb programme of events to entertain visitors and locals alike,” said Ms Stuckey.

“Event organisers anticipate more than 135,000 visitors throughout the festival, which is great for the tourism industry, local economy and businesses.

“The Queensland Government is proud to support the Surfers Paradise Festival, through Tourism and Events Queensland as part of our commitment to double annual overnight visitor expenditure from $15 billion to $30 billion by 2020.”

surfers paradise festival crowd728x349Surfers Paradise Alliance CEO Mike Winlaw said that the precinct had pulled out all the stops for this year’s Festival and exciting changes were made to build on the already popular events.

“The line-up for the licenced and ticketed Launch It! three night beach concert has been extremely well received including great acts Bombs Away and The Angels and we are looking forward to showcasing the best that local traders have to offer with the new culinary and orchestral event Surf, Seafood and Symphony,” Mr Winlaw said.

“We have bolstered the event offering over the Easter weekend to provide entertainment for the whole family, with more performances and activities on show during the Australian Street Entertainment Championships including a selection of awe-inspiring professional performers.”

“The Surfers Paradise Festival provides a huge economic impact for our traders and through enhancing the visitor experience this year we are committed to delivering an even better return on investment with more than 135,000 people expected in the precinct over the four weeks,” he said.

The Surfers Paradise Festival will kick off with a giant Street Parade on the 2nd of April, as a mobile spectacle of community groups, school children, marching bands and acrobats make their way through Surfers Paradise from 6:30pm with lit lanterns to mark the start of the festival.

To view a full schedule of events for the 2014 Surfers Paradise Festival, go to www.surfersparadisefestival.com

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