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The BFG- BUMS Supergroup to perform a Uke Opera at Newkulele 2019

The biennial Newkulele Festival is on Friday 19 October 2018 — Sunday 21 October 2018. Newkulele is the sister festival to our SPRUKE Festival (they have the even year and we have the odd). This year we are excited that there is a significant contingent of BUMS off to perform and represent Brisbane.

The BFG (BUMS Festival Group) have been arranging, preparing and rehearsing for many months. They’ve created a Uke Opera, maybe the first ever! A modern-day Romeo and Juliet story of eleven songs woven together by a narrator.   It’s a tale full of emotion, love, frustration, anger, craziness, sorrow, joy, and violence! How will it all end? Will our hero and heroine end up like the tragic Shakespearean couple? What has the Goodwill Bridge got to do with it all?

The BFG members come from many of the BUMS performing bands. NUMB BUMS, Ukulele Saints, the CAGE, and Hypnotonics with a  narrator of great stature, our alpha BUM and President Max Borchardt.

See these BUMS at Newkulele

  • Ukulele Saints —  Sat 20 Oct in the Hunter Room 10:10 – 10:30 am
  • Hypnotonics —  Sat 20 Oct in the Cocert Hall 11:00 – 11:30 am
  • BFG Uke Opera — Sat 20 Oct in the Concert Hall 2:10 – 2:40 pm

Get all the Newkulele news www.newkulelefestival.com

Download the Newkulele Program

We have a very special repeat performance of the Uke Opera at the October Northside Jam on the special night Tuesday 30 October. This is the only other performance of the Uke Opera … ever … so if you didn’t get to Newkulele Festival don’t miss it! More info here 

Check out the BFG in rehearsal for Newkulele 2018

Ever imagined yourself in a Supergroup? This could be your chance!

The fourth Newkulele Festival, will be held in Newcastle City Hall on OCT 19-21, 2018. There will be two ticketed evening concerts, loads of wonderful workshops to register for and two days of free festival performances.  You can get more details on the Newkulele website.

The Newkulele Festival is our twin festival they have the even years and we have the odd years. The ukesters from Newcastle and surrounds are great supporters of SPRUKE and many groups travel up to take part in our festival. Its time to return the favour!

BUMS at the first Newkulele Festival in 2012

We want you to be part of a BUMS supergroup to perform at Newkulele.

 

It doesn’t matter if you are not a part of one of the BUMS bands or have ever got up on stage before we just need your enthusiasm and willingness to spend some time practicingthe songs. Any level of experience is welcome!

If you have already planned on  travelling to Newcastle for the festival  or if you need an excuse to go please let us know.  Any performers who are already planning to go we need you!

Please send your expression of interest to our Event Manager Garry Collins at .

Applications to perform close 1 May 2018. Apply on the Newkulele website here.

NEWKULELE FESTIVAL is on 19 -21 OCTOBER 2018!

Applications for the 2018 Festival are NOW OPEN.

In 2018 the Newkulele Festival is moving into the heart of the city. The new venue is Newcastle City Hall which has excellent facilities and performing spaces for the feature concerts, community performances and workshops. The Concert Hall in particular has exceptional acoustics! There is plenty of room to hang out, beautiful gardens across the road and fabulous food close by – all in the one central city location.

Applications are now open and BUMS members wishing to perform are encouraged to submit them early. Applications must be made online via the festival website: www.newkulelefestival.com.au.

Applications close 1 May 2018

Newkulele 2018  will feature two ticketed evening concerts, loads of wonderful workshops to register for and two days of free festival performances. Program will be announced in August 2018.

Stay up to date on the Newkulele Festival Facebook page.

The Newkulele Festival Organising Committee look forward to seeing many of you in October 2018.