A favourite event for locals and visitors since the early nineties, the Einbunpin Festival, returns to Sandgate in July, bringing another great day of fun, music, stalls and entertainment!
Councillor Jared Cassidy, chairperson of the festival committee, has seen it grow and change over the years.
“The Einbunpin Festival has become one of the largest music festivals in the local area over the past decade, with the growth from one small stage to three entertainment areas at the 2019 festival,” Cr Cassidy said.
“A few years ago, a small youth stage was added on the Lagoon Street side of the festival, which has seen steady growth over the years, to the point where we will now see a brand new and expanded youth area in a brand new location at the festival.”
The new youth space will feature a chill out zone, games, activities and food stalls, as well as a stage that is set to showcase lots of local performers, musicians and artists!
“These young performers rarely get the opportunity to play outside of their schools, or group of friends, so we want to give them the opportunity to break out into the music scene,” Cr Cassidy said.
“We have for the first time a competition as part of the festival with the winners proceeding through to the new Sandgate Youth Music Festival in September.”
The Einbunpin Festival began in 1992, as a celebration of our local community, and is named for its location, around the banks of Einbunpin Lagoon in the heart of the village.
Sandgate’s own town crier, Fred Krebs, will kick off this year’s festival at 9am, and the high-riders from the Queensland Penny Farthing and Historical Cycle Club will pedal into the day as part of the Pennies By The Sea Tweed Ride.
“This year’s festival will feature over 160 stalls once again, showcasing our local schools, community groups and businesses. We are unashamedly local with the vast majority of our stallholders coming from the local community,” Cr Cassidy said.
“The Einbunpin Festival has been the biggest and the best celebration of our community for the last 28 years and we think this one will be one of the very best!”
The 24th Annual Einbunpin Festival
Sunday 28th July
Einbunpin Lagoon Parklands
Brighton Road, Sandgate