Wiggins Island coal export terminals (WICET) fireworks display at the 2013 Gladstone Harbour Festival.
Wiggins Island coal export terminals (WICET) fireworks display at the 2013 Gladstone Harbour Festival. Brenda Strong

Smorgasboard of entertainment at Gladstone festival

GLADSTONE is the place to be this Easter as the 2014 Gladstone Harbour Festival promises a smorgasbord of entertainment, markets, eating and novelty events.

The annual festival begins with the QGC's Opening Night Celebration on April 13, and the following seven days will be packed with entertainment, mardi gras, fireworks and talent quests.

Kicking off the entertainment at the Gladstone Ports Corporation Marina Stage on QGC's Opening Night Celebration is The Beatnix.

The show includes fully authentic musical instruments identical to those used by The Beatles.

The following festival evenings are filled with entertainment including APLNG's Community Carnival on April 16.

A performance from ACCA DACCA on ORICA's Fantastic Friday Night on April 18 and a finale by The All Star Supergroup on Bechtel's Sizzling Saturday night on April 19 is also set to get the crowd pumping.

The GLNG and ZINC Talent Quest and Battle of the Bands competitions are back once again with local talent set to rock the stage on April 15.

There are four fantastic firework displays, sponsored by WICET, APLNG, GPC and Transit Systems, which will feature on April 13, April 16, April 17 and April 19.

The popular NRG's Great Raft Race is held on Good Friday, April 18.

Residents are invited to come down to see local business and industry teams get competitive out on the water.

Invitations are also extended to residents to participate in Gladstone Harbour Festival activities, with entry forms now available for multiple events at www.gladstonefestival.com.

Alternately, for more information on the Gladstone Harbour Festival people can contact the festival hotline on 49725111.