Yes folks, we’re counting down to SPRUKE – Brisbane’s Ukulele Festival on 13-15 September at Sunnybank Performing Arts Centre (SunPAC).
All concert and workshop tickets are available from SunPAC Box Office or via www.sunpac.net.au/whatson.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Novice to virtuoso, bring the family, bring your friends! Uke ’n make music all weekend at SPRUKE 2019.
ENTRY to the festival precinct is FREE. Lots of the activities and performances throughout the weekend won’t cost you a cent! You’re also sure to find a workshop to inspire you.
Let’s see if we can whet your appetite for this spring’s best festival ever.
THE FESTIVAL GROUNDS
SunPAC and the Sunnybank Community & Sports Club (SCS Club) are side-by-side in the same building in McCullough Street, Sunnybank. The Festival precinct has three main areas:
- SunPAC Theatre: The main performance stage, Ukulele Markets in the foyer, and the Maton Workshop Room (Rehearsal Room on your tickets!).
- SCS Club: Enjoy performances and jams in The Lounge, adjacent to the Sunrise Coffee Shop and bars where you can enjoy a light meal, snacks and a drink. The Sunset Bar & Grill is great for catching up with friends over a meal.
- The Festival Green: Make the most of the sunshine. Buy your festival merchandise. Find workshops and performances in the Kala Marquee, the Makai Open Mic at the SunPAC Courtyard Cafe, and learn a song at the BUMS Beginners Oasis. There’s also a Relaxation Tent and a Cloakroom.
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT
Ukulele teachers and leaders professional development PLUS! Anyone working with ukulele groups or students gets great ‘value-for-money’ professional development at the Australian Ukulele Teachers and Leaders Association (AUTLA) Professional Day. Workshops run all day in the Maton Workshop Room, and are followed by the AUTLA AGM. There is a small entrance fee of $50, and AUTLA members get a 20% discount. Download the program and register here.
The festival spices up on Friday night. Come early, meet friends for a drink at the SunPAC Foyer Bar and listen to Chrysalis playing light jazz from 6:00 pm.
Friday the 13th might be unlucky for some, but at SPRUKE we delight in the wild, wacky and wonderful. The Sprooky Cabaret (proudly presented by Cordoba Ukulele) will spellbind. The magical music of the Loveys, Mama Juju and the Jam Tarts, The Thin White Ukes and Ukulele Death Squad will send shivers down your spine! Your ticket includes canapés. Drinks are available for purchase at the bar. Seats are limited. Book tickets for Sprooky Cabaret now. Book a table of 8 to save some money!
The perfect morning for your uke-curious friends and family. SunPAC Theatre kicks off with a FREE all-ages, Learn to Play Ukulele workshop led by Linda Gough and Paul Morris. Even if you’ve never picked up a ukulele before, Linda, Paul and their happy team of helpers will have you strumming before you leave.
Stay to be inspired, as The Outlaws show just what a ukestra can do. This very talented group of ukulele teachers and leaders from across south-east Australia come together to perform at festivals.
Next door at SCSC Lounge, Saturday starts with a FREE Play-Along session with Kine Kool, followed by a BUMS Jam (Keep an eye out for special guests The Thin White Ukes). Check out the afternoon performances. The Lounge is the perfect spot to refuel with a coffee or something stronger.
Worthy of a special mention is the inaugural SPRUKE Schools Concert in the SunPAC Theatre on Saturday afternoon. Organised by Megan Thomson, the band leader of Free Range chUKES, the Schools Concert features performances from six schools – some local, some coming from as far away as the Gold Coast and Moreton Bay. It culminates in a mass ensemble of over 120 students. Queensland music teacher and composer, Nathan Cahill, has written a special piece, “4-String Family” specifically for the occasion.
Vic Kena rounds out the afternoon program with a special hour-long FREE workshop and concert that promises to be equally inspirational.
Morning workshops presented by a truly wonderful bunch of skillful musicians will run in the Kala Marquee and the Maton Workshop Room. Check them all out here.
Want more? Another seven acts hit the Kala Marquee stage throughout the afternoon.
Check out the program – a wide variety of wonderful musicians.
Wrap up a busy day at SPRUKE 2019 back at SunPAC Theatre. Be inspired and entertained by some of today’s best home-grown and international ukulele artists.
We are so excited to have Cynthia as a special guest at SPRUKE 2019. Cynthia’s a YouTube sensation and a big favourite of Brisbane ukulele players. The 5:30 – 6:30 pm Meet & Greet is a great opportunity to say hello to Cythia, get a pic and have your merchandise autographed.
Enjoy a breather with a cold one, and catch Cyprian performing in the foyer before our big Saturday night concert, Spruketacular (brought to you by Lanikai Ukuleles) gets underway.
From the cool classy stylings of modern-day ukulele jazz diva Cynthia Lin, to the rollicking wild of Gypsy Rumble, finishing with the driving rhythms of the world’s most dangerous ukulele group, Ukulele Death Squad.
Promises to be a very entertaining evening, don’t you think? Book tickets for Spruketacular now, or if there are any left, they’ll be available from the SunPAC Box Office.
Once again, SunPAC Theatre begins with Paul and Linda’s Learn to Play Ukulele mass workshop, before they head to The Lounge (SCSC) to lead the Big Uke Jam. Check the program. There’ll be a great list of performers in SunPAC throughout the morning.
Ticketed morning workshops run again in the Kala Marquee and the Maton Workshop Room. Which musicians will be able to teach you a trick or two? Book your tickets early. Seats are limited. Performances also continue in The Lounge and the Kala Marquee.
THEN, the BIG finish! Starting at 1:00 pm, we all come together for one last blast at the FREE SPRUKE Festival Finale! See BUMS community bands, the Sprukestar finalists and the Parody Video Contest winner perform before we enjoy a final farewell from our headline acts. You might even take home a prize from the Mega Raffle if you’ve bought a ticket — anything can happen!
If the program above isn’t enough to whet your appetite, READ ON.
Chill with friends at bars, lounges, coffee shops and a bistro with plenty to tempt you, at SunPAC and the Sports Club. Shop at the Festival Markets! See and hear a wide range of ukuleles at the vendor and luthier stands. It’s rumoured that one ukulele manufacturer has produced a product line specifically for this festival. You will see plenty of other stuff too. Step up to the Makai Open Mic, and make your own music. Get your name down with the MC at the beginning of one of the five open mic sessions at the SunPAC Courtyard Cafe.
Shhh hhh … Sunnybank can return to normal as if nothing happened. All our fabulous and energetic volunteers can go home and rest.
KEEP THAT SPRUKE FEELING ALIVE
Build on the festival buzz by joining Cynthia Lin for a workshop and jam on Friday 20 September at Coorparoo Bowls Club. Bring your uke and strum along, and bring your friends to sing! You can also get a special signed souvenir song book. Tickets from Cynthia’s website.