Mayor's Message
Mayor Andrew Antoniolli, City of Ipswich

Mayor Andrew Antoniolli

Fire on the River is now firmly established as a family favourite to launch the annual Ipswich Festival.

Thousands of people will pack Riverlink and surrounding areas on 12 April for 10 minutes of spectacular fireworks over the Bremer River set to its own soundtrack. Fire on the River marks the start of the 11 day Ipswich Festival.

The dedicated team at Ipswich Events Corporation have over many months put together an action-packed program made possible with the support from corporate sponsors. Signature partners this year include Ipswich City Council, Channel Nine, Heritage Bank and St Andrew's Ipswich Private Hospital.

All Ipswich Festival sponsors make it possible for most of events to be presented free for residents and visitors.

In 2018 the festival runs from 12 to 22 April and will deliver a celebration of local and national talent, Ipswich heritage and community spirit.

This year marks the 17th annual Ipswich Art Awards which provides a platform to inspire, showcase and recognise local artists. The awards have grown to host up to 200 artwork entries.

Creative Kidz, the Parade of Light through the CBD and the Heritage Bank free street party featuring Mental As Anything are all on the 'must do' list this year.

Honk! also makes a welcome return with more than 100 classic, vintage and muscle cars on display.

The Mayor's Festival Ball on 13 April always sells out fast and is sure to be a festival highlight.

Other festival favourites include Jazz, Wine and Blues on 21 April featuring Joe Camilleri and the Black Sorrows.

Also on 21 April the Ipswich City Orchestra presents the Festival Gala Concert at the Civic Centre.

Ipswich Festival highlights in 2018:

Don't miss a minute of this year's Ipswich Festival - a celebration of our city for our city.

Mayor Andrew Antoniolli,
City of Ipswich

City of Ipswich