Benaraby, QLD, 13 November 2021

Benaraby, QLD, Byellee, Gooreng Gooreng, Gurang and Taribelang Bunda Country

The Benaraby Progress Hall stands on the traditional lands of the Byellee, Gooreng Gooreng, Gurang and Taribelang Bunda Peoples. 

Nestled into the central Queensland village of Benaraby with its grand Lake Awoonga and beautiful Boyne River, the Benaraby Progress Hall has always been a community-run affair. Acting as both creator and caretaker of these four walls and all the memories they hold, the Benaraby Progress Association was established 3rd October 1955. After just 9 months of planning and hard work these hardworking residents of Benaraby showed just what could be achieved with a dream and the mettle to pursue it, with the Benaraby Progress Hall officially opening on the 25th August 1956. Since then, while this classic building has hosted many a school fair, car boot sale, kids activity day and more, it is predominantly filled with spirited dances – mostly enchanting balls. 

Festival of Small Halls rolls into Benaraby on Saturday, 13 November, 2021 with Andrea Kirwin and Tullara.

Opening the show will be local act Mackenzie Dennis!

Mackenzie Dennis moved to Benaraby 8 years ago with her family and spent many years cruising the streets of Hennie Drive.

Mackenzie has only been singing for a couple of years, and in January this year picked up a guitar and also started performing at Open Mics and School Performances. She recently competed in the Australian National Busking Championships, taking out a Special Judges award and last term won the Tannum High School’s ‘Tannums Got Talent’ showcase. Mackenzie also performed as one of the artists at the Find your Voice night at Crow Street Creative earlier in the year.

Mackenzie has an eclectic taste in music and you will find her performing covers from all styles of artists including Radiohead, Amy Winehouse, Chris Stapleton, Microwave, Of Monsters and Men, Dolly Parton, and The Beatles.

Benaraby State School P&C will be serving food from 6:30pm through till 8.30pm. Options will include steak burgers, sausage sizzle and nachos.

Benaraby Progress Association will be running the bar from 6:00pm until close. The bar will be serving soft drinks, water, tea and coffee, mid strength beer, wine and mixed spirit cans.

There will be giant lawn games set up outside the Hall for all to play.

The Benaraby State school students are hosting a crafternoon to  create decorations to brighten up the Hall.

Tickets are priced at

Full Admission – $25

Child Admission (Aged 16 and under, Must be accompanied by an adult) – FREE

Click here to purchase tickets.

Doors Open 6.30pm

Show Starts 7.00pm

The Benaraby Progress Hall is not fitted with accessible bathroom facilities. There is a ramp to the front door, but a small stoop prevents entry to the hall being completely flat.

This show is supported by Gladstone Ports Corporation.

Festival of Small Halls events take place in venues operating under an approved QLD Health Covid Safe Event Checklist, and has stringent Workplace Health and Safety requirements for all travelling artists and crew. Under the terms and conditions of all events, you must not attend if you have any symptoms of Covid-19.

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