Celebrate the Art of Storytelling

Friday 23 June - Sunday 2 July 2017

in Maryborough, birthplace of Mary Poppins Author PL Travers

Maryborough is a town steeped in history. Our heritage streetscapes and original wharf precinct practically hum with the stories that they hold! We pride ourselves as artisans of storytelling – sharing our stories through art and finding imaginative and creative ways to keep them alive. They connect us to our place and inspire us to dream of our future.

This year’s Festival presents a 10 day program of storytelling for all ages through all art forms. From music concerts backstage and onstage at the Brolga to pop up performances in the Bond Store Basement.

Our artists share their stories through exhibitions and public art installations. Walk the streets and search the rooftops for some very special new surprises as part of the Maryborough Story Trails experience.

Check out the events and activities below or find out more on the Mary Poppins Festival website.


 

Mary Poppins Festival Activities and Events


Maryborough Art Festival Exhibition

29 May to 2 Jul - Gatakers Artspace

An exhibition of entries to the annual Maryborough Arts Festival competition.

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Steampunk Power

7 Jun to 30 Sep -

Hit the streets of Maryborough and step back to the future to discover some quirky characters who celebrate our industrial heritage.

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In the Beginning... A special Maryborough Story Trail tour

Fri 23 Jun - 5:15PM - Bond Store

A guided, theatrical, multimedia story trail experience through historic streets and parklands.

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Adam Harvey and Beccy Cole

Fri 23 Jun - 8:00PM - Brolga Theatre

Adam Harvey and Beccy Cole perform their versions of the greatest country music duets delivered with high energy and a few laughs.

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Triple M’s GM5FK Poppins Pentathlon!

Sat 24 Jun - 12:30PM - Brolga Theatre

Race around the Maryborough CBD in an all-ability, amazing-race style event to raise money for the Hervey Bay Hospital Children’s Ward!

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Gatakers By Night with Hayley Wilson, Mansong, and Sam Maddison

Sat 24 Jun - 5:00PM - Gatakers Artspace

Settle in as Gatakers Courtyard is transformed with free live music, drinks, food and art

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Sunday in the Park

Sun 25 Jun - 9:00AM - Queens Park

Ride the miniature MELSA trains or jump on board Whistle Stop's the Mary Ann, listen to the Maryborough Excelsior City Band and you treat yourself to a BBQ lunch.

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Music Under Water

Sun 25 Jun - 1:00PM - Ann Street Water Tank

Embark on a musical journey of discovery, underneath the Ann Street water tank. Experience the magical quality of this unexpected acoustic space with a curated music program by Ian Slater.

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Let’s Go Fly a Kite!

Sun 25 Jun - 1:00PM - Brolga Theatre

We invite families to join the fun. First, we will make a kite, then the kids can make it beautiful, after that we go out to the Riverstage Lawn and get airborne!

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Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead - National Theatre Live screening

Sun 25 Jun - 2:00PM - Brolga Theatre

National Theatre Live brings the best of London theatre to Brolga's big screen. Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Joshua McGuire and David Haig in Tom Stoppard’s production.

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A Spoonful of Circus!

Mon 26 Jun - 9:00AM - Brolga Theatre

Get a taste of life in the circus with this Mary Poppins themed, week-long program taught by professional circus artists Alex Weckes-Huck and Ellie Cox.

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Dinosaur Time Machine

Mon 26 Jun - 10:00AM - Brolga Theatre

Buckle up and take a trip back in time to the world of the dinosaurs! Two adventurous performers use science, circus, puppetry and imagination to give you a glimpse into history that you won’t forget.

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"Where is the Green Sheep" Party - Booked Out

Mon 26 Jun - 10:00AM - Maryborough Library

Join us for some shearious fun! Stories, songs and craft based around the well-known picture book "Where is the Green Sheep" by Mem Fox and Judy Horacek.

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Float Your Boat - Pirate Ship Workshop

Mon 26 Jun - 10:00AM - Gatakers Artspace

Paint, decorate and personalise a cardboard pirate ship, then showcase your masterpiece in the Grand Parade at the Mary Poppins Festival.

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Robbery in Cherry Tree Lane

Mon 26 Jun - 10:00AM -

Join the team and using forensic science techniques, solve the crime that has all of Cherry Tree Lane a twitter – there is even a surprising twist in the tale!

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Dinosaur Time Machine

Mon 26 Jun - 2:00PM - Brolga Theatre

Buckle up and take a trip back in time to the world of the dinosaurs! Two adventurous performers use science, circus, puppetry and imagination to give you a glimpse into history that you won’t forget.

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Float Your Boat - Pirate Ship Workshop

Tue 27 Jun - 10:00AM - Gatakers Artspace

Paint, decorate and personalise a cardboard pirate ship, then showcase your masterpiece in the Grand Parade at the Mary Poppins Festival.

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In the Beginning... A special Maryborough Story Trail tour

Tue 27 Jun - 5:15PM - Bond Store

A guided, theatrical, multimedia story trail experience through historic streets and parklands.

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Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead - National Theatre Live screening

Tue 27 Jun - 7:00PM - Brolga Theatre

National Theatre Live brings the best of London theatre to Brolga's big screen. Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Joshua McGuire and David Haig in Tom Stoppard’s production.

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Float Your Boat - Pirate Ship Workshop

Wed 28 Jun - 10:00AM - Gatakers Artspace

Paint, decorate and personalise a cardboard pirate ship, then showcase your masterpiece in the Grand Parade at the Mary Poppins Festival. Workshops 10am - 1pm.

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Make a Kaleidoscope & Nature Mobile

Wed 28 Jun - 2:00PM - Maryborough Library

Get crafty and create your very own kaleidoscope and nature mobile.

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The Surprising Uprising of Arnold Sticks

Wed 28 Jun - 5:30PM - Maryborough City Hall

Experience a tale of drama, intrigue, corruption and true love - based on the characters who built and founded the city of Maryborough over 100 years ago.

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Justice Crew

Wed 28 Jun - 7:00PM - Brolga Theatre

Eight-time ARIA nominees Justice Crew are hitting the road bringing their hot new show to Maryborough.

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Storytime with Mem Fox. Children 0-4. BOOKED OUT

Thu 29 Jun - 9:00AM - Brolga Theatre

Children 0-4. Join Mem Fox in exploring her latest work: "I'm Australian Too", and engage in discussions about Australian-ness and the history of Australian immigration.

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Junior Library Card Launch

Thu 29 Jun - 9:30AM - Brolga Theatre

The launch of the very special Fraser Coast Libraries "My First Library Card".

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Float Your Boat - Pirate Ship Workshop

Thu 29 Jun - 10:00AM - Gatakers Artspace

Paint, decorate and personalise a cardboard pirate ship, then showcase your masterpiece in the Grand Parade at the Mary Poppins Festival. Workshops 10am - 1pm.

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Kids Create Theatre - A Kids Masterclass in Creative Theatre Writing

Thu 29 Jun - 10:00AM - Brolga Theatre

Join acclaimed children's theatre writer and theatre actress, Nadia Sunde in a highly interactive (and hilarious) workshop that explores the world of writing and performing theatre.

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Make a Kaleidoscope & Nature Mobile

Thu 29 Jun - 10:00AM - Hervey Bay Library

Get crafty and create your very own kaleidoscope and nature mobile.

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Storytime with Mem Fox. Children 5-8. BOOKED OUT

Thu 29 Jun - 10:30AM - Brolga Theatre

Children 5-8. Join Mem Fox in exploring her latest work: "I'm Australian Too", and engage in discussions about Australian-ness and the history of Australian immigration.

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Storytime with Mem Fox. Children 9-11

Thu 29 Jun - 1:00PM - Brolga Theatre

Children 9-11. Join Mem Fox in exploring her latest work: "I'm Australian Too", and engage in discussions about Australian-ness and the history of Australian immigration.

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Make a Kaleidoscope & Nature Mobile - Howard Library

Thu 29 Jun - 2:00PM - Howard Library

Get crafty and create your very own kaleidoscope and nature mobile.

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The Storytellers Songbook - Special On-stage Festival Experience

Thu 29 Jun - 6:30PM - Brolga Theatre

Join virtuoso guitarist Michael Fix and cabaret chanteuse Nadia Sunde on stage as they present a caberet celebrating some of the greatest storytellers in popular music.

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Mem Fox presents Read Aloud Parents

Thu 29 Jun - 7:00PM - Brolga Theatre

A special presentation by Mem Fox for parents, telling tales of success from read aloud parents and why reading to their children has changed their lives.

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Storytime with Mem Fox. Children 0-4. BOOKED OUT

Fri 30 Jun - 9:00AM - Brolga Theatre

Children 0-4. Join Mem Fox in exploring her latest work: "I'm Australian Too", and engage in discussions about Australian-ness and the history of Australian immigration.

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Robbery in Cherry Tree Lane

30 Jun to 1 Jul -

Join our team and using forensic science techniques, solve the crime that has all of Cherry Tree Lane a twitter – there is even a surprising twist in the tale!

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Michael Fix 'Fingerstyle Guitar' Workshop

Fri 30 Jun - 10:00AM - Brolga Theatre

Multi-award winning touring and recording artist Michael Fix, presents a breezy-style workshop on acoustic guitar, for players of all levels.

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Ship Shape Pirates

Fri 30 Jun - 10:00AM - Customs Residence

Help us turn our giant boat into the fiercest Pirate Ship the Mary has ever seen. Don't forget to wear old clothes.

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Storytime with Mem Fox. Children 5-8. BOOKED OUT

Fri 30 Jun - 10:30AM - Brolga Theatre

Children 5-8. Join Mem Fox in exploring her latest work: "I'm Australian Too", and engage in discussions about Australian-ness and the history of Australian immigration.

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Storytime with Mem Fox. Children 9-11

Fri 30 Jun - 1:00PM - Brolga Theatre

Children 9-11. Join Mem Fox in exploring her latest work: "I'm Australian Too", and engage in discussions about Australian-ness and the history of Australian immigration.

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‘It’s all about the Song’ - Nadia Sunde Lyric Writing Workshop

Fri 30 Jun - 2:00PM - Brolga Theatre

Immerse yourself in the art of songwriting, with a master class workshop hosted by award winning songwriter and performer Nadia Sunde.

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Poppin' Street Party

Fri 30 Jun - 5:00PM - Maryborough City Hall

Maryborough's City Heart comes to life in a Mary Poppins' themed street party. Why not get into the spirit and come dressed in your favourite heritage costume?

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Heritage City Quilt & Craft Extravaganza

Sat 1 to Sun 2 Jul - Maryborough City Hall

Hands on demonstrations, cafe, raffles, show and tell, patchwork stalls, garage sale and quality handmade items.

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Mary Poppins Festival in the Park

Sat 1 Jul - 10:00AM - Portside Parklands

Maryborough's riverside parks and heritage streetscapes come to life just like the scenes from the Mary Poppins stories!

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Tipples & Tales at Mary Poppins Festival

Sat 1 Jul - 10:00AM - Bond Store

Meet The Gauger and hear his stories of the Bond Store's past as you enjoy a tantalizing experience of regional ports, liqueurs and tasting platters. ​Sessions: 10am, 11.30am & 1pm

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The Last Word @ Sunday Riverside

Sun 2 Jul - 3:00PM - Brolga Theatre

Enjoy a lazy Sunday afternoon by the river and relish the free live music, lawn games, licensed bar and food stalls.

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