The 2014 1770 Captain Cook Festival will be full of colour, excitement and history.
The 2014 1770 Captain Cook Festival will be full of colour, excitement and history. Photo Contributed

Captain Cook 1770 Festival to showcase culture, music, fun

THE 22nd Captain Cook 1770 Festival is creeping up on the Gladstone region's event calendar, with preparations under way for next weekend's festivities.

This year's festival schedule is bursting with activities, history, music and fun aimed at teaching people about the landing of Lieutenant James Cook and his party at Bustard Bay in 1770.

The festival will also showcase the cultural background of Seventeen Seventy, with a smoking ceremony performed by the Gooreng Gooreng Traditional Dancers.

Held on May 24-25 at the Seventeen Seventy SES ground, this year's theme is Nautical.

The weekend is set to be bigger than ever, with a great line-up of local musicians performing.

Bands such as Cosmic String Theory, Jack and the Bom, Thunderbirds, Quatro and more will rock it out for the adults, while the kids can enjoy Hoozatt? Entertainers.

The annual street parade will kick off the festival on Saturday, May 24, at 9.30am, with this year's theme Tropical Discoveries. The parade will start from the Seventeen Seventy Marina and travel to the SES grounds.

Also on the Saturday will be a special fireworks display, a re-enactment of Cook's landing, fire twirling and an art auction.

Entry is $10 for adults, $5 for 12-18-year-olds and free for children under 12. Visit www.1770festival.com.au.



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