The Foundation (the Boonah and District Cultural Foundation) is an independent incorporated association, run by the community for the community, to provide opportunities for artists, writers, singers, musicians and performers of all ages to develop and display their talents. The Foundation also provides bursaries for further education in related pursuits and organises professional classical concerts by international artists at very reasonable prices. While these activities are mainly for Boonah and district, there is no restriction on participants from other communities.
The Foundation believes that a strong cultural community enriches the social and economic prosperity of the community.
Our next event:
Foundation events 2019 & 2020:
Boonah Writers Festival 2020 Saturday 2nd May and Sunday 3rd May.
A great opportunity to gain insights and inspiration from established writers and industry professionals. Sessions include Memoir, Poetry, Stunts and Action, Flash Fiction, Books for Children, Building Your Writing Career. All sessions include lunch, morning and afternoon tea with a delicious 3-course dinner on Saturday evening with guest speaker Sam Cutler. The Writers Festival attracts many registrations from around South East Queensland.
Choral Concert ‘A Well Seasoned Feast of Song’ by The Fassifern Voices as part of Eat Local Week..
Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd June
Classical Concert Saturday 10th August
The Berlin based Lazarus String Quartet featuring the music of Mozart, Bartok, and Beethoven - their only regional event in Australia.
Ritchies Boonah Arts Festival Saturday 31st August to Saturday 6th September
A week of events in September including; an Art competition and art viewing throughout festival week, a Writing competition with special encouragement for young writers, a Fashion design competition from the classical to the quirky set in a glittering catwalk setting. Total cash prizes for the competitions is over $7000. There is fun and humour with the Choir for a Night and the Great Comedy Debate; stirring and heart warming music in the Red Rim Concert by the combined Redlands Shire and Boonah Town Bands. The Youth Showcase features local young talent in an evening of music and movement.
Bubbles and Books Friday 1st November
A precursor to the Bookfest giving members first chance to peruse and purchase the books, in relaxed atmosphere, with a glass of wine and nibbles.
Boonah Bookfest Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd November
A gigantic sale of over 20,000 used books bringing book lovers from near and far.
Annual General Meeting Wednesday 20th November
An early morning meeting to report on the activities and finances of the Foundation for 2018 – 2019 and the election of the management committee. Please be signed in and seated by 7.30am. Accompanied by a hot buffet breakfast.
A Fassifern Christmas Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd November
Music for the festive season performed by the Fassifern Voices. Traditional, secular and modern carols by Rutter, Handel, John Lennon, Bach and more!
The Foundation would not survive without the generous sponsorship of $15,000 for the Arts Festival by Ritchies Supa IGA, $5,000 from the Scenic Rim Council, and $850 for the Writers Festival dinner by Mitre10. And, of course, the small army of volunteers from members and friends of the Foundation.