The Culburra Beach Festival respectfully acknowledges the Jerrinja Clan of the Wandi Wandian People who are and will always be the traditional custodians and first people of the land on which the festival is held.
We would like to pay our respects to the Elders past, present and emerging, and extend our respect to all Aboriginal people and visitors to the Culburra Beach Festival. As a mark of respect to the traditional custodians, the Culburra Beach Festival begins with an official Welcome to Country ceremony and acknowledgement of our rich local aboriginal culture, heritage, land and sea country by respected Elders of the Jerrinja Local Aboriginal Land Council.
When visiting, please respect the beautiful Jerrinja Country — both the land and the sea we share — at Culburra Beach, and take the time to listen and learn more about the rich heritage and culture of Jerrinja: The Saltwater People.
Photographer: Brian Williams | Project: Jerrinja Exposed.
Title: murramurr gadu - a traditional Jerrinja word for “Hands Close Sea”
More than TEN years ago, our Culburra Beach locals got together to plan a party in the name of live music, family fun and creative local vibes...
They called it ‘Love Culburra Festival’ and it was the start of something big. Since then, ‘Love Culburra’ has become a community-powered not-for-profit incorporated entity that celebrates the many wonderful creative, caring and compassionate humans living in this beautiful part of the coast we call ‘Burradise’.
Back then, we had Rob Hirst from Midnight Oil headlining with local singer songwriter Paul Greene, on two stages in one big night at the local community hall. In the decade since, the Burradise Festival has hosted some of Australia’s most loved musical acts, including Sticky Fingers, Caravana Sun, the Swamp Donkeys, Dos Enos, Benji & the Saltwater Sound System, Rosie Burgess Trio and Frank Sultana. With help from a swag of amazing sponsors and partners, the festival has grown into so much more than the music.
Today our Love Culburra organisation manages several community projects aimed at fostering creativity for the young, the middle-aged and those a bit older, plus lots of community volunteering and engagement, including the youth song-writing mentorship Young Coasties, the community Skate Park project, regular Burradise Live music events, an indigenous photography and language project, a community cookbook of winning ‘CookaBurra’ multicultural recipes, and plenty more.
In 2020, the South Coast was devastated by prolonged drought, bushfires, flood, and a pandemic. In 2021, the festival had to be postponed again due to COVID lockdowns. Now, in the spirit of resilience and recovery, the Burradise Festival is back for 2022 and ready to celebrate more than ever before.
We’d love you to join us for some fun and support our lovely community.
The Burradise festival is a sustainable event, with many initiatives promoting a sustainable lifestyle featured across our program.
From the very first festival, our arts and craft committee have been making Boomerang Bags for all to enjoy... and this year, they are still at it. Made from recyclable materials, the Boomerang Bag movement is about community sharing and change-making at an individual and community level. And when it comes to festival time, look out for the giant boomerang in town!
- Please bring your own refillable water bottle to use at our Shoalhaven Water 'fill up' stations across the festival locations. Help us to reduce landfill and plastics contaminating our land and oceans.
- Dispose of your garbage and waste by using the recycle bins provided.
- Ride a bike or walk to the festival where you can.
- Grab your reusable shopping bags for shopping around town and at the markets.
- Visit our Sustainability Stall for tips and advice on how you can reduce your waste and improve our environment.
- Recycle your containers at our local 'Return & Earn' machine located behind the Culburra Beach Bowling Club.
- Watch this space for more news about Sustainable Living workshops available at the festival.
- Sign up using the form below to be the first to hear about program announcements and ticketing releases.
2022 Festival Board
Alex McNeilly – Chair, Public Officer
Monica Willis – Deputy Chair
Peter Wilson – Secretary
Christine Anastas – Treasurer
Ben May – Board Member
Damien Sterling – Board Member
2022 Festival Organising Committees
General Inquiries — firstname.lastname@example.org
Music Entertainment — Damien Stirling, Jaden Spence, Nick Garner
Marketing, Media & Sponsorship – Alex McNeilly, Lucy Robertson, Peter Wilson, Ernie Van Veen.
Website — Ernie Van Veen
Operations – Alex McNeilly, Monica Willis, Gary Janvrin, Ben May, Les Judge
Fundraising – Rebecca Cook, Naomi Burns, Tracey Langworthy, Merilyn Helliwell
Markets & Multicultural Food Fair — Ben May, Monica Willis
Volunteer Coordinators — Liz Melleuish, Therese Love, Jennifer Cameron
CookaBurra Cooking Comp – Peter Wilson, Ann Maree Wheeler, Kate Goodwin
Multicultural Cook Book Project – Peter Wilson, Jo Sears
Photography, Arts & Culture Exhibition – Merilyn Helliwell, Patricia Anne
Equipment Librarians – Karyn Knowles, Sue Chapman
Skate Park Jam Events – John Segol, Eamon Munn, Ryan Byrnes, Luke Bennett, Daniel Woods
Yoga & Wellness Events – Anna Smallwood, Martin Billingham
Burradise Short Film Festival – Southland Creative Inc
Circus Workshop Events – Sarah Fitzgerald
Surf Bash Tournament Event – Jason Moon, Ty Watson, Culburra Beach Boardriders Club
Burradise Sound Garden Events – Jaden Spence, Jake Ellevsen, Nina Howard
Recycled Fashion Parade – Gwen Verdun
Sound & Staging – Ross Portener, Gaye Adlington, Jake Ellevsen
Wilderness Walks – Lake Wollumboola Protection Association
Kids Activities & Displays – Culburra Beach Community
Marine Rescue Walks & Talks – Shoalhaven Marine Rescue