The 2017 Captain Cook 1770 Festival will be held on the weekend of 19th to 21st May 2017 at the SES Grounds, Seventeen Seventy.
Main features of the annual festival include:
A re-enactment of the landing of Lieut. James Cook and his crew aboard the HMSEndeavour at Bustard Bay on 24th May, 1770 is held. In 2014 the festival moved venue to the SES Grounds at Seventeen Seventy, in order to allow for its continued growth. Therefore, a special re-enactment, complete with crew in costume, is now held on Friday in the late afternoon light, at the stunning Foreshore in the Town of 1770 (Seventeen Seventy). This is a free event for the public and maintains the re-enactment as a focal point of the festival. It’s a spectacular local performance, with Cook and his crew arriving as the sun set over the bay, followed by firetwirling, drumming and more local entertainment. Spectacular!
This re-enactment is repeated the next day at the main stage at the SES Grounds at the festival…with enthusiasm from the players making this a popular part of the Saturday event line-up.
Saturday always starts with a colourful and enthusiastic street parade with the community coming out to greet all the festival visitors.
The Gooreng Gooreng people are the traditional owners of the land on the Discovery Coast. Following the parade, the dancers welcome visitors to the main stage, explaining their dreamtime stories and performing traditional dances to the sound of didgeridoos. The dancers have appeared at the festival each year for the past 23 years and are a much loved part of the entertainment.
Lots of interesting and artistic market stalls offer a great range of treasures for visitors to buy with many local artisans displaying their works. And, of course, there’s a delicious selection of international foods available for you to enjoy!
Lots of other live entertainment keeps the crowds jumping throughout the Festival. Each year visiting headline acts are backed up by local talented musicians, school choirs, and the fun of the local AWSUM Ukulele Club.
A great selection of amusement rides also bring a smile to many a face, young and old alike, from mini jeeps, super slides, the Rock Wall and so much more.
Each year held at 7pm on Saturday night, the sky bursts overhead with amazing fireworks, sponsored by Ergon Energy, stunning the audience as they burst spectacularly in a display to rival any seen at other events. As the fireworks die away, the main stage becomes the focus with a great line up of entertainment to get everyone dancing.
Sunday at the festival is family day with lots of activities and fun for the kids to enjoy and more great entertainment on the main stage…