On Sunday we went to the Bulimba Festival 2013.
Hold on a minute Bob! Whoa!!
Only the other week you went to Sandgate and the Einbunpin Festival. Before that, you went to the Winter Lights Festival, Racecourse Road, Ascot and it was less than three months ago you wrote about Brisbane Festivals and Shows: A Busy Weekend.
In that post you talked about the Noosa Food and Wine Festival, the Redcliffe Kite Festival, the Paniyiri Greek Festival and also mentioned the Brookfield Show. When you went to Darwin, they had two ‘festivals’; Darwin Lions Beer Can Regatta and Territory Day.
You’ve been to quite a few festivals in the last three months; does everyone in Australia have a festival?
First, let me at least show you some pictures of the festival I went to in Bulimba this weekend…
Nice place, huh?
Now then, yes, festivals are very popular over here, it seems that almost every suburb has a special day in the year when they turn their streets into a market, throw in some kids rides, a bit of face painting, some farmyard animals, live music, food, drink and a lot more.
Then there was Dipawali, BluesFest, the Coolum Kite Festival and every year the whole country enjoys Tropfest. And although I’ve never been, the big one here, of course, is Sydney’s Mardi Gras Festival.
It wouldn’t surprise me if it were possible to go to a different festival in Australia every week. Next week, for example, there’s festiValley; “a colourful celebration of art, craft and entertainment, with markets, workshops, activities, games, and rides suitable for all ages.”
That one takes place in Samford Valley, who knows, maybe I will go. It’s only about 40 minutes drive for me and it’s in one of my favourite areas of Brisbane.
Festivals are nothing new nor are they unique to Australia, festivals happen everywhere. Maybe one of the biggest festivals in the world takes place near my old stomping ground in the UK. The Notting Hill Carnival is a massive, attracting over 1 million visitors each year, it gets quite busy…
Image courtesy of S Pakhrin
This year’s carnival kicked off yesterday and continues throughout today which is a bank holiday in the UK. Notting Hill may be big, but just for the record, it’s miniscule compared to what IS most definitely the biggest festival in the world.
Kumbh Mela is a Hindu religious festival that takes place every 12 years along the Ganges in India and with over 100 million people turning up for this one, it’s become known as the greatest and biggest human gathering on the planet…
Image courtesy of Seba Della
And I thought Bulimba was busy! We may not have the biggest festivals in the world here, but if quantity beats size, Australia is streets ahead when it comes to local festivals. Besides, nobody moves to Australia for the crowds, do they?