YOU can’t stop the music or the fun that’s set to be rolled out, through the laneways and parks of Wonthaggi, next April.
At a business breakfast meeting, put on by the Wonthaggi Business and Tourism Association (WBTA) last Thursday, the members committed to running their first ‘Inside Out’ Laneway Festival on Saturday, April 1, 2017.
So, no matter what, it’s on.
But what you can do is make it a bigger and even better success by getting behind the project as a sponsor.
“We’re in for a Community Grant from the shire, which will be announced later in September (actually it’s November due to the elections) and we’re pretty hopeful there,” said WBTA president Dee Connell.
“But what we also need are sponsors for the festival. We’re looking for a naming rights sponsor at $5000, or two major sponsors at $2500 each and we could do with a few $500 sponsors as well.
“The more sponsors we get, the more we’ll be able to do.
“We’ve got a pretty big space to fill and we’d really like to do an Instagram projection wall and another projection idea but that will be dependent on the level of support we get.”
Sponsors will be offered a range of promotional opportunities on such things as the 5000 site maps, 3000 posters, 250 billboards, banners and in all the media and other promotional material.
It actually represents good value, according to Dee.
The entertainment, to include six bands on the main stage, sideshows, rides, 20 food stalls, 30 craft vendors, and a wide range of art and performance art; will start early on the Saturday and run late with local business urged to stay open or sell from their own outdoor stall.
More murals, and also plenty of removable art will also be part of it.
In fact the WBTA is welcoming any community group that wants to get involved to make contact with the business association.
Last week, 50 people turned out to a business breakfast in the Fincher Street Park, where they enjoyed egg and bacon rolls, coffee, fruit and pastries plus an update on the festival.
Those in attendance included Mayor Cr Jordan Crugnale who suggested the group should try for a Regional Arts Victoria grant and as an idea for the event, call for 30cm x 30cm art pieces that could be hung in a ‘hook-up’ area as part of the display.
She said she thought the idea for the festival was an excellent one and there were many example examples of how laneway festivals had taken off elsewhere.
Dee Connell and WBTA executive officer Leah Montebello plan to tour around festivals between now and the end of the year to get some ideas for the local event.
Vice president of the WBTA, Terry Earl said the whole idea behind the laneway festival, like several other projects taken on by the group, was the revitalisation of Wonthaggi.
Attracting more people to town, locals and visitors, to showcase what a fantastic place Wonthaggi is while highlighting its strengths as a residential and commercial location of choice.