Fringe Event Program 2018

Welcome to The Mackay Festival of Arts new initiative, the Fringe Events Program. The Festival is an annual event in Mackay running from the 20 – 29 July in 2018. The festival is building a huge reputation and in 2017 broke all of its records attracting almost 40,000 people to 10 days of events.

We’re inviting VENUES AND EVENT ORGANISERS of all shapes and sizes to be part of the new Fringe Event Program, set to bring the region to life for the entire month – Mackay in July! Need some cold hard facts as to why you should align yourself with the Festival? Here they are..

  • 76,000+ social media reach during the Festival period alone
  • 39538 people attended the Festival in 2017
  • $250,000+ economic boost to the region
  • 902 visitors drawn to Mackay from outside the region for the Festival


Fringe Event Program - Venue Information Pack

Ready to apply? Complete the online form here.

Package Options

Package One - $550 inc gst
-  Full Page in printed and digital program
-  Web Listing - links to event
-  Facebook event and promotion
-  Instagram promotion

Package Two - $325 inc gst
-  Half Page in printed and digital program
-  Web Listing - links to event
-  Facebook event
-  Instagram promotion

Package Three - $250 inc gst
-  Quarter Page in printed and digital program
-  Web Listing - links to event
-  Facebook event

Event Listing Only - $125 inc gst
-  Program & Web Listing Only - links to event
-  Facebook event

How To Apply

1. Fill out the easy online form, choose your package and submit. Tip: Come prepared with your event information including date.
2. Festival staff will be in touch to advise the outcome of your application and provide further instruction.

Apply Now

Important Dates
10 October 2017 - Registration Opens
15 December 2017 - Registration Closes
7 December 2017 - Fringe Event Approvals Send - including Event Organiser's Information Pack
14 December 2017 - Final Registration Payments Due
19 January 2018 - On Sale Marketing Materials Due
26 February 2018 - Marketing Approvals Due
26 March 2018 - Festival Program goes LIVE

APPLICATIONS CLOSE:  15 December 2017

All application payments must be paid UPON APPROVAL - link for online payment will be sent to applicant. Payment must be made to confirm the registration.
DO NOT attempt to pay your registration fee if you have not completed an online application and been approved by the Festivals Team.
Payment without a fully completed application does not guarantee your registration.

You will be issued with a receipt as proof of payment. This receipt will be sent to the postal address indicated on your application form, emailed to you or if paid at office, handed to you at time of payment.

2018 Mackay Festival of Arts - Fringe Events Program

Should you require any assistance in meeting any of the following criteria, please contact the Festival and Events Producer on 07 4961 9777.

  1. Events must be held within the nominated date range, 1 – 31 July 2018.
  2. Be held within the Mackay Region
  3. Registered event cannot directly compete with a major festival event.
  4. Advertisers in direct competition with Festival sponsors will not be approved.
  5. Fringe program events will be approved at the discretion of Festival organisers, in alignment with Mackay Regional Council Values and Festival objectives.
  6. Fees are due at time of approval – link for payment will be provided for approved event applicants.
  7. All approved events will need to complete a compulsory post event report.