About Milbi Festival

Turtles, arts, culture and Indigenous heritage will be showcased during the Bundaberg Region's inaugural Milbi Festival in November. Crush Festival, which celebrated its 10th anniversary last year, is being relaunched and expanded as Milbi Festival in 2019.

Milbi is a Gurang word for turtle and the festival will act as a celebratory opening of the turtle season. Bundaberg Tourism and Gidarjil are supporting Milbi Festival and recently entered into a memorandum of understanding with Bundaberg Regional Council.


Greetings and welcome to everyone participating in the inaugural Milbi Festival. This community celebration of arts and culture coincides with the beginning of turtle season. Milbi brings our community together and highlights our abundance of creative talent. I’d like to thank all partners, sponsors, staff, volunteers and supporters for assisting Bundaberg Regional Council to plan and deliver this event. I’d also like to thank organisers of the former Crush Festival for laying the foundations on which we’re now building a new era. Council undertook a consultative process last year to find out what our community wants in arts and culture, which led to us adopting the Arts+Cultural Strategy 2019-23. There was strong feedback that people want an arts and cultural festival which is family friendly and affordable. That’s what the program for Milbi delivers. The events are mostly free or very low cost and virtually everything is suitable for the entire family. Enjoy as many of the activities and events as you can. And be like the turtles … keep coming back. Mayor Jack Dempsey