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FIRST Sunday IN September, 2-5pm

Boundary Street, West End. Meet under the Dornoch Terrace Bridge.

The Kurilpa Derby began in 2007 as an expression of community celebration and inclusivity. We celebrate life lived on wheels with a parade and novelty races in the heart of West End, on Boundary Street. This year, annual Kurilpa Derby will continue this community celebration of life on wheels.

It is a free community celebration of everything that is great in Kurilpa (West End, Highgate Hill, South Brisbane, and Hill End) organised by members of the West End Community Association. It is a volunteer-run and organised, non-commercial event.

Every year the Derby runs on people power: all organisers, performers/demonstrators, marshalls, first aid crew, police, and SES volunteer their time and labour. WECA believes that this joy of service makes the spirit of playfulness, togetherness, and DIY ethos of the Derby and Beggars Banquet.

The Derby is open to all who have a connection to the Kurilpa community. Come along on First Sunday in September from 2pm to participate in or watch the parade, demos, games, and races. We will commence with the Kurilpa Derby parade down Boundary Street (from the Dornoch Tce Bridge to the intersectin of Boundary Street and Jane Street), followed by an afternoon of demos, novelty races, prizes, and music.

The Kurilpa Derby is focused on environmentally friendly wheels. Internal combustion motors are generally out but electric motors are generally in. People-powered propulsion gets pride of place! You can also walk the parade if wheels evade you.

The Kurilpa Derby is free and open to everyone. There is no need to register. You can find the Facebook event page here.

The Kurilpa Derby's 10 Principles:

  1. Fun. It is not a fundraiser or commercial venture.
  2. Local. The event is primarily for locals, though others are welcome.
  3. Size Doesn't Matter. Quality of the experience is the focus.
  4. Participation/Contribution. "We resist the substitution of consumption for participatory experience," Burning Man Festival prior 2007
  5. Inclusive. Ways for everyone in the community to partipcate.
  6. Non-commercial. No entry fee. Items are not for sale through the event. Local businesses are relied on for services. Giveaways are encouraged. Fundraiser raffles are accepted.
  7. Representation. The identification, promotion, or adversiting of local intitiatives, interest groups, and businesses is welcomed.
  8. Non-competitive. Prizes are awarded by a panel of judges according to interest/contribution and not simply for 'first past the post'. This is important for the spirit of fun and also for safety.
  9. Personal Responsibility. Everyone present at the Derby is expected to take personal responsibility for making the event fun and safe. Children are the responsibility of their parents. Public liability insurance is held by WECA.
  10. Friendly Wheels. The Derby is focused on wheeled transport and encourages the participation of all environmentally friendly wheeled transport. Internal combustion engines are generally out but electric motors are generally in. People-power propulsion gets pride of place.

To help make sure the Derby is a safe event:

  • If you are designing a float, let us know in advance by contacting
  • Consider and design steering and stopping (brakes or peddle backwards fast)

This event is about our community actively creating the event, not being passive consumers so get involved and contribute to this fantastic day! Find any kind of wheels, get creative, and have fun!

Acknowledgement of Country

WECA acknowledges that sovereignty was never ceded and we are humbled to live and play in Kurilpa, owned and cared for by the Jagera and Turrbal peoples.



PO Box 3898          West End 4101

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