BAYSWATER council is contributing $35,000 to two community festivals in a bid to make the city more vibrant.
At Tuesday night’s council meeting, councillors voted to give $20,000 to The Baysie Roller’s Bayswater Street and Arts Festival and $15,000 to the The Morley Momentum’s Laneway Fiesta.
The Baysie Roller’s festival in March is expected to attract more than 20,000 people and is a significant step up for the not-for-profit whose previous events over the last three years have been attended by about 5000 folk.
Featuring dance, theatre and visual art, the festival will have an historic theme, tracing the history and creation of the Bayswater town centre with inclusion of Aboriginal history and heritage of the area.
Set in the Bayswater town centre on King William Street, the festival aims to give a boost to local businesses.
The Morley Momentum’s Laneway Fiesta, to be held in February or March, is expected to attract more than 2000 people
The laneway fiesta will have a range of multicultural food trucks, stalls and entertainment, provided by local businesses and community groups.
The fiesta will be located on Progress Street, in the heart of the city centre, in a bid to activate and showcase the area.
Fiesta organisers will also receive a $5000 grant from Bendigo Bank.
by SEAN HILL