Details revealed: Rocky River Festival to be 'unforgettable'
A WORLD premiere circus performance is among the many delights expected to lure more than 100,000 people to Rockhampton.
Roving performers, free acts, arts activities and a world-premiere performance will weave through the Rockhampton River Festival, which has this morning received a major boost.
Adani Australia threw its support behind this year's event as they were announced the naming rights sponsor today, in a move Rockhampton mayor Margaret Strelow said will help create an "unforgettable experience".
This year's footprint will be the largest yet, and span from Victoria Parade at Archer St, through to the riverside car park on Williams and Quay St.
The 2018 theme is "The light that guides us and the air that we breathe".
Cr Margaret Strelow beamed as she told how last year's River Festival reflected a "coming of age" in terms of major events, and had injected $4 million into the local economy.
She thanked Adani, along with a string of sponsors and corporate partners ahead of River Festival return from July 13-15.
"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 the River Festival an unforgettable experience for our residents and visitors," she said.
Adani Australia CEO and country head Jeyakumar Janakaraj said the sponsorship reorganised the important role Rockhampton would play as home to future Carmichael mine and rail employees and their families.
"The FIFO Hub agreement we have in place with Rockhampton will be the foundation for a long and mutually-beneficial relationship with the city," he said.
"We are thankful for Rockhampton's ongoing support and look forward to meeting residents and visitors at the festival and sharing the excitement of the event with them."
One-of-a-kind entertainers Company 2 will perform 'Le Coup'; a late night neo-vaudeville cabaret performance, which pays homage to the 1920s 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 the Air is also expected to draw crowds with their world famous sensory art installation Arboria, which will be set up in the riverside car park next to the Fitzroy Bridge.
"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," Cr Strelow said.