Let the festival begin!

HISTORICAL and heritage themed entertainment, exhibitions and attractions will be the focus of celebrations for the Mudgeeraba Hinterland Festival this weekend.

A highlight of the festival will be a celebration of Aboriginal culture featuring dances and stories from local tribes, and the distinctive rhythm of the didgeridoo, from 2.20pm tomorrow at the village green.

The Mudgeeraba Lighthorse Museum in Worongary Road will feature open days tomorrow and Sunday from 10am to 3pm.

Voluntary curator Harold Johnson and his Work for the Dole team have painstakingly restored the heritagelisted sheds and a two-bedroom cottage that now serves as a museum displaying artefacts and memorabilia from the Boer and Great Wars.

Also tomorrow, visitors to Mudgeeraba can inspect the Gold Coast Hinterland Heritage Museum from 9am to 2pm which will showcase activities by the many community groups and associations.

The annual Woodchoppers Hinterland Ball starts at 6.30pm tomorrow, offering plenty of entertainment including the popular "cross cut saw" demonstration and competition; book on 55253500.

Then on Sunday at the Old Teahouse Gallery there will be a poets' breakfast followed by a day of jazz and nostalgic music by Craig Berry.

The fun starts at 8.30am with real Aussie poetry performed by Bob Dever, 'The Mudgeeraba Budgerigar', and local poets are encouraged to join in.

For more information on the festival, organised by the Mudgeeraba Chamber of Commerce with support from Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and Gold Coast City Council, contact 55304044.

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