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Regional Art

Returning to Country and supporting regional arts



Source: Arts Hub

Bundaberg’s Milbi Festival has been running for five years, since 2019. With a focus on First Nations arts and culture, it has developed into a major event for the area, celebrating a rich regional history. It takes place from the end of October to the beginning of November every year, coinciding with the start of turtle season. The Festival offers an array of events and activities, including arts workshops, concerts, and local storytelling and cultural nature tours.

The Milbi Festival of 2023 featured Wajgan’s Return at the Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery as its showcase exhibition. A true standout of the festival, the works of my father, acclaimed Aboriginal visual artist Ron Hurley, were displayed for the first time as a retrospective on Country – the Country of Ron’s matrilineal heritage, the nation of the Gooreng Gooreng people, of the Bundaberg and Gladstone areas.

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