The Mackay Festival of Arts, held annually throughout July in Mackay, Queensland, began as a small community gathering, focusing on local talents and art forms. Over the years, it has evolved into a grand festival, attracting artists and audiences from across Australia and beyond. Having enriched the cultural landscape of Queensland for over 20 years, it proudly stands as the largest regional arts festival in the state.

What sets the Mackay Festival of Arts apart is its eclectic mix of events.

Music plays a central role in the festival’s ambiance, particularly through live jazz performances. The festival broadens its musical spectrum by featuring a diverse range of genres, with performances from local bands, solo artists, and occasional international acts.

Adding to the variety, in the past the the festival included stand-up comedy routines, bringing waves of laughter through performances by both emerging and well-known comedians.

Visitors can experience the exquisite Art of Wine Tasting. These sessions are far more than mere sipping and swirling; they are an educational voyage through Australia’s vineyards, with expert sommeliers guiding attendees through a rich palette of flavors and aromas.To complement this sensory journey, the festival offers Cheese Delights, where various cheeses, each with its unique flavor and texture story, pair beautifully with the wines. It’s a culinary adventure that promises to delight the taste buds.

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Circus skills on display at Mackay Festival of Arts

Artistic expression is also a key feature of the festival. The art exhibitions present a visual treat, showcasing artistic brilliance that ranges from traditional to contemporary styles. Meanwhile, the dance performances at the festival offer a rhythmical showcase of Mackay’s cultural diversity, blending traditional and modern dance styles from various backgrounds.

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Sane Earth Festival Australia acknowledges the traditional owners of the land on which the Mackay Festivals stands, the Yuwibara and Yuibera people, and pay our respects to their elders, past, present and emerging.