2023 Queensland Day Sponsorship Program

The Queensland Day Sponsorship Program encourages Queenslanders to celebrate Queensland Day in a way that reflects the unique culture, heritage and aspirations of their own community.

Each year, right across the state, Queenslanders mark this annual celebration of our people, places and achievements with festivals, markets, art initiatives, parades, family fun days or an event unique to their community.

Successful applicants for 2023

A total of 11 events held across 10 locations were funded as part of the 2023 Queensland Day Sponsorship program.

The Unite—Celebrating 40 Years of Access Arts on Queensland Day event commemorated 40 years of Access Arts and the Access Arts family in Queensland. The event marked the unique culture of Queenslanders with disability, the heritage they give Queensland, and aspirations going forward. Live theatre and visual arts experiences showcased the incredible talent of Queensland’s d/Deaf and disabled artists and honoured our past, connection with our history, celebrated our present and project forward to the future.

Find out more information about Access Arts Inc.

The Queensland Day Community Celebration in the Park was held in two locations – Dirranbandi and St George and celebrate the community, location and environment. Local multicultural foods—Greek, Swedish, Fijian, Indian, and an Australian BBQ—were provided by local businesses and groups, using local produce. Wine tasting of locally produced wines, cheese platters and delectable locally produced jams and chutneys were also available. The events included music by local artists and activities for children and included face painting, giant games, a jumping castle, and crafts.

Find out more about Balonne Shire Council.

The Queensland Day Flavours of Bowen Festival was a community event focused on the food and provenance produced in the region. The event included music, local produce and displays, food trucks, cooking demonstrations, agricultural industry presentations, a farm virtual reality tour, entertainment activities, and a cultural performance. The event hosted a guest chef for the premium food and beverage experience “The Long Lunch”.

Find out more about Bowen Gumlu Growers Association.

The Valley Fest—Celebrate Queensland Day 2023 celebrated the Lockyer Valley region. The event showcased a diverse range of local food, beverages, produce market stalls, as well as live music and dance performances. Activities provided included face painting, animal petting farm, pineapple toss, watermelon bowls and much more. A prize was awarded to the best dressed for representing what it means to be a Queenslander.

Find out more about Lockyer Information and Neighbourhood Centre Inc.

The Queensland Day—Little Day Out was a family fun day celebrating Queensland’s stories and storytellers, hosted for families and primary school aged children. The key feature of the event was a series of entertainment from well-known local authors and entertainers. Activation spaces throughout the library provided children’s activities, authors that showcased their works, story sharing and art activities, and a low sensory space. Children were also encouraged to submit a story for the story competition.

Find out more about Noosa Library Services.

The Lady Sings the Maroons—Queensland Day Special event was a free performance that celebrated Queensland’s most iconic hits and artists. As well as discovering how some of Queensland’s most iconic hits came to be, audiences were introduced to dearly loved songs from the operatic canon. The playlist included Puccini reimagined through the Bee Gees and The Go-Betweens were given a Mozart treatment. The production toured Queensland from May 2023 and returned to Brisbane the week of Queensland Day and provided a free outdoor performance.

Find out more about Opera Queensland.

The ‘We are all Queenslanders’ Community Fun Queensland Day 2023 was an initiative that celebrated Queensland Day and Queensland’s culturally diverse community and our shared identity as Queenslanders. The event created unique opportunities for migrants and diverse ethnic groups to learn about Queensland’s history, heritage, culture, values, icons, and unique Queensland products, entertainment and lifestyle. The event included cultural performances, music performances, sporting and family fun activities, arts and crafts, and auctioning of artwork.

Find out more about Queensland Chinese United Council.

The Queensland Day Family Fun Day was an opportunity to celebrate the resilience of local farmers and the community, raise awareness of buying and supporting local, and connecting in a fun environment that celebrated Queensland. The free event showcased local musicians, jumping castles, animal farms, native animals, local produce stalls, and community organisations. There was also an Australian Citizenship ceremony that welcomed new Australian Citizens in the Scenic Rim.

Find out more about Scenic Rim Regional Council.

The Celebrating Queensland Day through a Multicultural Lens event showcased the connection of refugees and migrants to their new home in Queensland through photographic art. The event hosted photos taken by local community enthusiasts that depicted multicultural Gold Coast and included various themes. The exhibition included interactive elements that showcased traditional skills from different cultural groups, photographic training workshops for young people and technology workshops that was provided to culturally and linguistically diverse seniors.

Find out more about The Migrant Centre Organisation Inc.

The Queensland Day—Our Whitsunday Way event included a range of free family friendly workshops and activities themed around what living in Queensland is for the community. Ahead of the event, locals were invited to a workshop and created lanterns that featured in the digital animation at the event, reflecting what living in Queensland means for them. Businesses on the local main street also embraced the Queensland Day theme.

Find out more about Whitsunday Regional Council.