Wonthaggi Laneway Festival is finally here

Wonthaggi businesses are showing their support for this Saturday’s Wonthaggi Laneway Festival, decorating shop windows in the lead-up to the first event.

THE laneways of Wonthaggi will be transformed like they’ve never been before this Saturday, when the inaugural Wonthaggi Laneway Festival brings colour and creativity to the town.
Art, craft, live music, quality food and produce will be a focus of the festival, which will begin at 3pm until 11pm.
There will be games, activities and amusement rides for the kids, and a wall projection featuring a live Instagram feed including historic Wonthaggi photographs.
The main stage will feature live acts and local music from 3pm, while Bass Coast Freeza will host DJs in Apex Park from 6pm to 11pm.
There will also be a few surprises in store, and be sure keep a look out for a new-look mine whistle.
Wonthaggi businesses are behind the event, with a competition for best dressed laneway window.
Organisers will collect a gold coin donation at the entrance to the main stage and food area, to go towards ensuring the event continues next year.
An art project by Wonthaggi Secondary College and
Newhaven College students will see murals of local businesses painted by the students, photographed and enlarged to cover laneway walls.
Newhaven College teacher Fiona Anastasi spearheaded the project and Wonthaggi teacher Grant Van Cuylenberg directed his school’s students.
Mr Van Cuylenberg said his students have enjoyed completing the project during lunchtimes.
“It’s great for their self-esteem and engaging with the community, the students will all go along to see their artwork,” he said.
“I think it’s quite an innovating way of doing public art, because with public art it’s so controlled by permits and parameters that make street art more of a cult thing rather than a formal thing.
“Getting an opportunity to have your work blown up and put on a wall, I think it’s really good.”