The Fish Creek Carnival Returns with a Summer Celebration for all the Family

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the fish creek carnival returns with a summer celebration for all the family

Gippsland will experience the thrill of the circus and the excitement of cabaret at the Fish Creek Carnival kicking off on New Year’s Eve. The annual summer celebration is perfect for families and friends to come together and enjoy a week of fun and entertainment. The carnival is an annual summer festival that celebrates circus, cabaret, and community in South Gippsland with a mission to bring people together and create a memorable, entertaining experience for everyone.

Kicking off the fun on New Year’s Eve the carnival takes inspiration from the thriving visual arts scene in South Gippsland. Punters are invited to head to the Fish Creek Hotel where MC Tash York will guide the revelry into 2024. Performers include Hannie Helsden, Richard Sullivan, Tash York, Bede Nash, Lily Akers, and Seth Scheuner presenting unforgettable experiences to ring in the new year.

The party will be transported to a world of whacky, weird, and wild entertainment with aerials, juggling, handstands, acrobatics, and dexterity coupled with comedy. Ticket holders will enjoy canapes and bubbles on arrival with more bubbles at midnight plus there will be chances to win on the spinning wheel. Circus legends Nicci Wilks and her Teensy Top will return for the party with the guest DJ to be announced soon.

The fun will continue on the 3rd and 4th of January 2024 with “Are We There Yet?!?” a specially curated performance for all the family and comedy legend Tom Ballard live. With Hannie Helsden, Richard Sullivan, Tash York, Bede Nash and Lily Akers bringing 2 shows a day of circus performance, this is bound to be a big hit with the kids and those young at heart. Plus, circus workshops will add to the fun family vibe. Featuring acrobatics, hula hoops, aerials, juggling and more. “Are We There Yet” is not just entertainment; it’s an invitation to unplug, unwind, and rediscover life before screens promising to be an unforgettable, technology-free escape.

Comedian Tom Ballard will bring the laughs nightly. Nominated for Most Outstanding Show, MICF23 and as seen on Amazon Prime’s Deadloch, Tom is a firm comedy favorite. He’ll be bringing the laughs to Fish Creek and promises to be very, very funny. This is an event for locals, those who head to the Gippsland region for their holidays and tourists alike.

Tickets available from www.fishcreekcarnival.com.

PRAISE FOR TOM BALLARD

“A raucous performance that is political as it is personal.” ★★★★★ Time Out

“An endless hour of laughs.” ★★★★★ Out In Perth

“A relentless whirl of opinion, silliness, and increasingly bad-taste jokes against those who most deserve it.”★★★★½ Chortle

“[Ballard] has a frankly ridiculous ability to hit all his marks and deftly detonate every punchline.” ★★★★½ The Age


FISH CREEK CARNIVAL

31 December 2023 – 4 January 2024

Fish Creek, Victoria

THE FISHY PARADE

DATE: Sunday 31 December

TIME: 11 am

NEW YEARS CABARET

WHEN: Sunday 31 December, 2023

TIME: 8 pm – 2 am

TICKETS: $95

Your ticket includes

Exclusive access to the pub for the evening

Canapés throughout the night

Bubbles on arrival and at midnight

A chance to win prizes on the spinning wheel

ARE WE THERE YET?!?

WHEN: Wednesday 3rd and Thursday 4th January 2024

TIMES: 10 am & 2 pm

TICKETS: General Admission $25, Low Income $15, Group 6 $110

WORKSHOPS

WHEN: Wednesday 3rd and Thursday 4th January 2024

TIMES: Tuesday and Wednesday (workshop times), 9 am – 10 am, Pre-Show11 am – 12 pm, Post-Show2 pm – 3 pmPre-Show4 pm – 5 pm, Post-Show

TICKETS: General Admission $20, $15 with the purchase of a show ticket, workshops are 60 minutes

TOM BALLARD – LIVE

WHEN: Wednesday 3rd and Thursday 4th January

TIMES: 7.30 pm

TICKETS: $35

BYO drinks and snacks

Tickets available from FishCreekCarnival.com.

Mick Pacholli

Mick created TAGG - The Alternative Gig Guide in 1979 with Helmut Katterl, the world's first real Street Magazine. He had been involved with his fathers publishing business, Toorak Times and associated publications since 1972.  Mick was also involved in Melbourne's music scene for a number of years opening venues, discovering and managing bands and providing information and support for the industry. Mick has also created a number of local festivals and is involved in not for profit and supporting local charities.        

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