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8-9th September 2023

Booringa Festival

Booringa means 'fire and water' in the Gunggari languages that once sung the land around Mitchell into being. The word has come to mean many things for many people and is best known for once being the name of the local Shire Council. It is a word that has ancient roots going back to the time before time. It is a word that has special meaning now; especially in a time when water drawn from deep underground has been known to burn in some places across the Maranoa region.

It is believed that fire and water do not mix and yet in strange ways they do. Without fire and water this country would not be what it is. Much of the environment in Australia has evolved and been traditionally managed by fire, and without water life ends very quickly.


Our festival was created to honour our connections together (Nalingu) to the country that gives life as well as livelihoods to those who call this region home. It is a living land - that lives on in those who would listen to what it has to say.

Friday, 25th August

Fire & Water - Paint & Sip

The local Friends of the Gallery will be hosting a Paint and Sip Workshop, themed 'Fire & Water" with Roslyn Stone being the instructor for the evening us 

The evening will commence at 6:00pm until approximately 8:00pm. Cost is $65.00 per person which includes a Grazing Box & Complimentary Drink.

Bookings are essential and tickets can be purchased online at:

Friday, 8th September

Grazing on the Maranoa

A unique fine dining experience on the banks of the Mighty Maranoa River.

Guests will induldge in a four course meal prepared and served by SEA Catering, featuring produce sourced from a range of businesses found throughout the Maranoa and surrounding areas, paired with Riversands Wines.

The evening will be an adults only event with a limited number of tickets available. Lloyd Saunders will be entertaining you all night, along with MadCap Fire Twirling & Whisper Firefly.

Location: Neil Turner Weir
Time: 5.30pm - Seated by 6.00pm til late
Cost: $100.00 per person
Dress Code: Semi-Formal

Tickets can only be purchased online at

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Saturday, 9th September

Booringa Art Exhibition Opening & Poet's Morning Tea

The Booringa Art Exhibition will showcase all of the local artistic talent from our region, themed 'Fire & Water'. All artists, from all art mediums are encouraged to enter their artworks in our exhibition and can also choose to sell their works. 

Absorb the words of wisdom with a Poet's Morning Tea following the Opening of the Booringa Art Exhibition at the Mitchell on Maranoa Library/Gallery. 

$5.00 entry fee | 8.30am - 12.00pm | everyone welcome

Saturday, 9th September

Booringa  Festival Main Event

Join us for a jam packed afternoon of live entertainment, food and fun for the whole family. Featuring live entertainment from The Voice contestant Maddy Thomas, Boi&esKae and Will Day who will keep us entertained throughout the whole event.

Local dance academy M.A.D will showcase their talents, face painting, fire twirling by MadCap Fire Twirling, a main bar and KIDS CLUB by Fun Time Amusements - 4 hours of fun for the kids from 3.00pm.

The Booringa Markets will be on display from 3.00pm - 7.00pm, experience all that the local businesses have to offer along with local, regional and south-west stall holders. 

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