Entertainment Galore!

Each year Gemfest engages a variety of fabulous entertainers for our visitors, and the ample shaded seating presents a wonderful opportunity to take a break from your Gem hunting.

On the main stage we have all-day live music from some top-notch entertainers.

And, the entertainment does not confine itself to the stage… comedians and roving performers provide the most unexpected entertainment all over the Gemfest site…

(The performers change each year… to keep up-to-date with the acts that will be coming to Gemfest be sure to subscribe to our Gemfest Updates email newsletter, like us on Facebook, or check this page as we get closer to the event:

Photo of Bob Grant Bob Grant

Bob Grant, our roving accordion player, entertainer and all-round good guy is back again this year by popular demand. You won't want to miss this terrific entertainer!

Photo of Gemfest Wellness Marquee Gemfest Wellness Marquee

Take a load off in the Wellness Marquee where you'll find a range of therapists providing modalities at special “Gemfest Mates Rates”

Photo of Gemfields Lapidary Club Gemfields Lapidary Club

Demonstrating a wide range of lapidary skills and techniques….eg: skin polishing – wire work etc throughout Gemfest. You'll find them in the Mall near the Gemfest entry gate.

Photo of Kalesti Butler Kalesti Butler

Kalesti Butler, born and raised on a cattle station in Queensland’s Gulf of Carpentaria. Kalesti is a young lady who lives and breathes Australian Country Music. “2014 Top 10 Toyota Star Maker Finalist” “2013 APRA TSA New Song Writer Award” "Graduate CMAA Academy of Country Music". With talent running in the family including her mother Val Butler, previous Star Maker Finalist and Affiliated Country Music judge, her brother Nathin Butler, currently plays “Luke” on “Winners & Losers”, her sister Chloe Butler, played for the Australian Women’s Rugby League Jillaroo’s World Cup have influenced her drive and dedication. Kalesti is a modern day Country Music singer/songwriter who will continue to have the traditional country sound in a fresh light to be enjoyed for generations to come. Kalesti’s current album contains a collection of songs that reflect stories of her family history and the bush. Keep an eye out for her new album later this year.

Photo of Katy Holder – Celebrity Chef Katy Holder – Celebrity Chef

Mmmm Campsite Cooking Never Looked So Good At Gemfest Learn how to give your tucker a touch of the gourmet at Gemfest – Festival of Gems, from 6 – 9 August 2015 at Anakie, Australia's largest Sapphire exhibition. You don’t need to go glamping when you are camping to rustle up a meal that is more than just a couple of snags and a tin of baked beans. London-born, Sydney-based food writer and stylist Katy Holder will demonstrate how anyone can create delicious camp-made food.

Photo of More Than Mime Theatre More Than Mime Theatre

This world-renowned 3-person theatre troupe will delight with their unique style of roving street theatre throughout Gemfest and will teach performance skills to Anakie school children who will then perform  at the Official Opening….and at the flats in Rubyvale during the Sat Night Spectacular. More than Mime Theatre is a distinctive and quality inventor of roving, stage & installation acts for events. With acts that surprise, touch, intrigue & delight people, we bring the extraordinary into everyday life. More than Mime strives to affect people on an emotional level with performances that evoke an idea, a feeling, or a story rather than simply being decorative. More than Mime acts can be enjoyed by anyone willing to be transported to another world for just a moment. We believe in bringing theatre to people who don’t expect it, are not looking for it and who might not otherwise see it… making life more beautiful in this busy world. Most of all, More than Mime Theatre makes people go ‘Wow!’ Frans Vogels is a multi-discipline theatre maker and performer originally from Holland. His background is in Classical Mime and Pantomime and he has studied with many masters including Marcel Marceau and Halina Witek. His many years of intensive training have given Frans a remarkable quality of movement and rare skills, such as the ability to not blink for up to 30 minutes. Frans also studied theatre design at the Academia of Art in Utrecht (Holland). In 1989 Frans started the company Bolo, Multi Theatre for Concepts and Performances (Netherlands) which was hugely successful and instrumental in establishing the corporate theatre market in Holland. In 2007 Frans decided that it was time for a new challenge so he moved to Australia to start More Than Mime Theatre. Frans’ use of unusual materials (such as rubber latex) gives his costumes and sets…

Rustic Gypsy

Musical entertainment sure to have you're feet twitching! Photos to come soon...


After all of this entertainment and with a pocket full of sapphire jewellery you are probably hungry and thirsty. Fear not… there is plenty to satisfy you…

Feed me, water me…


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