About Us

SPRUKE — Brisbane’s Ukulele Festival is an initiative of Brisbane Ukulele Musicians Society Inc (BUMS Inc)

So who are BUMS?

We are a bunch of people (in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia) who enjoy the fun and camaraderie associated with making music with ukes.  Nothing more complicated than that.  Our secret mission is to change the world one uke at a time  . . .

The objects of our association are:
1. To have fun
2.  To develop members’ ukulele playing skills
3.  Amongst the greater Brisbane community to:

  •   promote ukulele and music playing
  •   increase ukulele and musical appreciation
  •   provide ukulele based entertainment


SPRUKE — Brisbane’s Ukulele Festival in 2017

SPRUKE 2017 will be held over the weekend of Friday 29 September— Sunday 1 October at the TAFE Queensland Brisbane’s South Bank campus in the heart of Brisbane’s cultural, artistic and living style precinct.  Our intention is to provide new opportunities for ukulele musicians to engage with music, each other, luthiers (uke-makers) and similar creative folk together from Australia and overseas.

We aren’t just bringing people to town, we are also working with people and local businesses in the area. We are providing opportunities for students from TAFE and UQ (The University of Queensland) to participate in an event related to their field of study.

The Wider Ukulele Community

This year’s festival theme is Uke’n Make Music! The purpose of the festival is to bring together ukulele clubs, players, makers, teachers and anyone interested in learning to play ukulele to create a weekend of entertainment, active participation and learning new skills and sharing a love of music through this instrument.

Our further aim is to engage the non-ukulele-playing public and to introduce them to the music, the joy and the camaraderie that this little instrument can bring.

There will be a variety of activities and entertainment for all levels of ukulele player, to be educated and inspired.

We hope that the experiences we have to offer at the festival will lead to a continuing journey in music and the ukulele, long after the festival has ended.