Bang of a start to our festival
THOUSANDS turned out for the opener to the Ipswich Festival Fire on the River giving organisers upbeat about the upcoming events.
Ipswich Events Corporation executive chairman Paul Casos said he was impressed with the crowds which lined the David Trumpy Bridge, Bradfield Bridge and the remainder of the areas along Riverlink shopping centre.
"I wouldn't be surprised if it was the largest festival crowd we have seen for Fire on the River. It was an amazing sight," Mr Casos said.
"The feedback we have received has been very positive. The St Paul's event Let the Organ Thunder has sold out, the Mayor's Ball has sold out, we've had to limit the number of entries for Honk which follows the Parade, we have had that many inquiries.
"It's a great way to start the festival."
The action continues this weekend with the Global Fiesta on today from 12-5.30pm.
Staged at Queens Park, the free event brings together diverse cultural performances on a grand scale.
The Main Stage features CKNU, one of Australia's most exciting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander bands, with their fusion of hip-hop, funk, soul, jazz and reggae.
Through the day there will be dance performances, world music, markets and stalls.
Entertainment ranges from the South Pacific Island Dancers performing songs and a traditionally costumed fire dance to a Chinese lion dance making its way through the audience and a performance from Brazilian Samba Rock.
A standout is the KIZUNA Gold Coast Taiko Team which performs an energetic form of Japanese ensemble drumming. Bollywood Dhamaka also present a colourful and lively Bollywood dance while DCSAQ INC Youth Choir present the sounds of Africa.