By CHERIE MOSELEN
WARRANDYTE Festival organisers have chosen the theme “Streets of our Town” to inspire next year’s celebration, which will feature across the weekend of March 16–18 2018.
For over 40 years, since 1977, local volunteers have created this weekend of events, which annually demonstrates the charm and community spirit that makes Warrandyte one of Melbourne’s most appealing outer eastern suburbs.
Friday night’s expansive entertainment is all about the arts.
Festival goers can choose between youth classic, Battle of the Bands, the long-standing Rotary Art Show and last year’s inaugural success, Warrandyte Film Feast.
The winner of the 2017 Film Feast People’s Choice Award, AutoCarrot (directed by Conor Woods and Robert Fantozzi), has since gone on to appear in the USA’s Buffalo Niagara International Film Festival.
Short films are already flooding in for Film Feast 2018 and word on the street is that the final selection will be top notch.
If you love the idea of movies by the river with a little wine (or beer) and pizza — and let’s face it, who doesn’t? — be sure to grab a ticket when they go on sale next February.
On Saturday morning, Yarra Street comes alive when families and friends gather to take part in Warrandyte Festival’s much-loved Grand Parade.
As usual, a conga line of fabulous floats involving schools, artists, community organisations, sporting groups and vintage cars will make its way down to the festival site at Stiggants Reserve.
If you are a music lover, it is worth considering that many local musicians now soaring further afield — the Teskey Brothers, The Scrims (formerly, Scrimshaw Four) and Ella Thompson, to name a few — first sprouted their performance wings at the Warrandyte Festival.
The festival stages continue their commitment to quality music with next year’s line up featuring such acts as The Scrims (fresh from Woodford Folk Festival), local band The Humbuckin’ Pickups.
And from Bathurst, talented duo Smith and Jones will perform their intriguing mix of original country, folk and jazz.
In a first for 2018, school stage bands have been invited to perform in the Big Top Lounge on Sunday, from noon until 5pm.
From new to tried and true, because nothing says Warrandyte Festival like Billy Cart Derby!
Is anyone out there dreaming of the Indy 500?
Well, the festival has just the right start. With March fast approaching, now is the perfect time for a little family bonding exercise.
With enough great food and drink to please the masses and plenty of bike, billy cart and non-stop waterslide action to keep the kids happy, festival weekend is a “must-do”.
“Streets of our Town” is an ideal theme to have fun with.
So, use your imagination.
Put up a sign telling us something about your street, yarn-bomb a lamppost or decorate a fence. Get creative, Warrandyte!
The Diary will bring you more on Warrandyte’s biggest event of the year in following months, so watch this space.
Will 2018 see the return of the WazzaWhompa?
Can the Aldenhovens top last year’s incredible streetscape?
How many crepes is it possible to eat in one weekend?
It’s big, it’s bursting at the seams.
Better be there!
For more information about the Warrandyte Festival 2018, click here