Adani Australia announced as 2018 River Festival naming rights sponsor

Published on 04 April 2018

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Rockhampton Regional Council has today joined Adani Australia to announce that the resources and infrastructure company is the naming rights sponsor for this year’s Rockhampton River Festival.

The three-day event will be held from 13-15 July and Rockhampton Mayor Margaret Strelow said the sponsorship agreement would give the increasingly popular River Festival another boost.

“Last year’s River Festival was truly amazing and really showed our region coming of age when it comes to major events,” Mayor Strelow said.

“Adani have spent a considerable amount of time over the past two years getting to know our community, so we are extremely appreciative and grateful for their contribution towards making River Festival an unforgettable experience for our residents and visitors.

“Adani has a long history of supporting community and cultural events, making them a great fit for River Festival, which always makes a point of introducing something new from the arts and culture scene to our Region.”

The footprint of year’s festival will be the largest yet, spanning from Victoria Parade at Archer Street through to the Riverside Carpark at William and Quay Street.  

The theme ‘The light that guides us and the air that we breathe’ will weave itself throughout all facets of the event and revellers can once again expect to see free acts, roving performers, art activities and yet another world-class show, ‘Le Coup’, bringing one-of-a-kind entertainment to the city.

Le Coup is a late night neo-vaudeville cabaret performance which pays homage to 1920’s carnival, faded glamour, and music hall revue. Le Coup will be a world premiere, acted out under the dome of the magnificent Customs House by highly acclaimed performance group Company 2.

‘Architects of Air’ will also draw crowds with their world famous sensory art installation ‘Arboria’. The installation will be set up in the Riverside carpark next to the Fitzroy Bridge.

Mayor Strelow said Council is expecting more than 100,000 attendees over the three days.

“Last year’s event injected more than $4 million into the local economy. The continued growth and development of the River Festival showcasing world class entertainment would not be possible without the generous support of our corporate partners and sponsors,” Mayor Strelow said.

“We are also proud to have Tourism and Events Queensland, CQUniversity, Woollam Constructions, McMurtie Consulting Engineers, Empire Apartment Hotel, Triple M, The Morning Bulletin, Victoria Tavern, Pierce Engineering and Stanke Electrics as sponsors for the 2018 River Festival.”