Go Gaga for the Ipswich Festival
WITH more than 40 events packed into a 12-day program, this year's Ipswich Festival promises to be as impressive as ever.
The full program was unveiled at the official launch of the Festival yesterday, and event organisers and local community leaders were buzzing with excitement.
The 2012 Ipswich Festival will run from April 25 to May 6, and includes a myriad of new performers and an exciting new parade theme - Tales of Discarded Treasure.
Performers will include acclaimed jazz and blues artists, and Street Party attendees will be treated to The House of Gaga - The Lady Gaga Experience.
The festival will also feature crowd favourites including the Festival Parade, Fire on the River and Global Fiesta.
Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale said the Ipswich Festival was a way of celebrating the strength of the Ipswich community.
"This city's growing well economically, financially and socially and there wouldn't be another regional city in Australia that has a two-week festival like this," Cr Pisasale said.
Mayor Pisasale attended the launch after being discharged from hospital yesterday following minor surgery.
"I've been launching these festivals for years, I wasn't about to miss this one," he said.
Ipswich Events Corporation executive chairman Paul Casos said it was great to see the Festival, and support for the festival, growing.
"While other festivals around Australia are struggling, we're going from strength to strength and people are showing their support for this great community event," Mr Casos said.
He said he was looking forward to seeing the results of the parade's recycled theme.
"The theme is very exciting; Ipswich is growing and developing but this shows conservation and recycling is still important," Mr Casos said.
"There are almost 40 events, and I shouldn't say what my favourite is.
"But I do really enjoy the Festival Parade; the smiling faces of all the children sums up the festival experience.
"Another great thing is that the 2012 program focuses heavily on providing as many free events as possible for the family."
Free events range from the sophisticated Jazz, Wine and Blues event to Kids Kingdom .
The Festival kicks-off on ANZAC Day and runs to Sunday, May 6.
Local government elections will be held three days into the festival on Saturday, April 28.