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Banyule's free festival weekend

Wed 8 March, 2017


Singer-songwriter Ella Hooper of Killing Heidi and The Verses fame will headline Twilight Sounds at Sills Bend on the banks of the Yarra River at Heidelberg, joined by three-piece band Dallas Frasca, singer-songwriter Liz Stringer and Watercolour for a night of music and song.

Twilight Sounds, from 5.30pm to 10pm, on Saturday 18 March kicks off the Banyule Festival, which continues on Sunday with a focus on children getting active and creative with all the colour of the Grand Parade down Burgundy Street in Heidelberg and the Kids ArtyFarty Fest at Sills Bend beside the Yarra River.

This year, Twilight Sounds will also feature Les Méduses, a giant illuminated roving jellyfish puppet which will swim through the sky, providing an awe-inspiring aerial display. Since taking the World Puppetry Festival by storm in September 2015, Les Méduses continues to enchant thousands of people around the world.

The Mayor of Banyule, Cr Tom Melican, said the annual festival attracted families from across Banyule and further afield.

“Twilight Sounds is a magical evening of music. As the sun sets over Sills Bend, it’s great to see families, couples and groups of friends pulling up hay bales or bringing their picnic blankets and chairs to enjoy the music while they relax with a picnic or choose from the many offerings at the festival food area,” he said.

“On Sunday, the traditional Grand Parade, which this year is centred on the ‘water cycle’, travels down Burgundy Street between 9am and 10am, with local kindergartens, schools and community groups interpreting the theme through floats and costumes.”

The parade culminates at Sills Bend to open the Kids ArtyFarty Fest, which runs until 4pm, and has free activities for children of all ages to get active and creative.

Twilight Sounds – 5.30pm-10pm, Saturday 18 March, Sills Bend, Warringal Parklands, Beverley Road, Heidelberg

This year, Twilight Sounds, which will once again be broadcast live on PBS Community Radio, features a line-up of rock chicks:

  • Ella Hooper - 8pm
  • Dallas Frasca - 9pm
  • Liz Stringer - 7pm
  • Watercolour - 6pm

 A range of food is available on the night and people can bring chairs, blankets and picnics. There will also be a children’s activity tent.

Grand Parade - 10am-11am, Sunday 19 March, Burgundy Street, Heidelberg

The Grand Parade down Burgundy Street, Heidelberg, will be a colourful display of community creativity as schools, organisations, sporting clubs and community groups interpret this year’s theme - The Water Cycle.

Burgundy Street will be closed to traffic and will come alive with music, laughter, dancing, colour, costumes and a variety of floats. Starting at Mount Street, the parade leads everyone down to Sills Bend where prizes will be awarded for the most colourful and creative entry before all the fun of the Kids ArtyFarty Fest kicks off.

Kids ArtyFarty Fest - 11am-4pm, Sunday 19 March, Sills Bend, Warringal Parklands, Beverley Road, Heidelberg

This popular and free children’s festival attracts families from across Melbourne with a massive day of interactive and creative activities, which this year will be centred on the theme of The Water Cycle. Some of the highlights of this year’s Kids ArtyFarty Fest are:

  • Main stage with music, dancers, circus acts and much more, as well as roving performers guaranteed to excite, captivate and thrill children.
  • Curious Kids Performance Space - a sensory friendly area which will delight children of all ages.
  • Arts activities, including:
  • Cardboard city - a city created from cardboard
  • Mobile library
  • Kids’ disco
  • Lego play
  • Chill out zone
  • Circus play
  • Seed plantings
  • Emergency services display
  • Discovery land where children can learn about the natural environment
  • The acorn tree house where younger children can discover a creative world
  • Boats made from creative materials to travel the ‘seas’.

The Australian Breastfeeding Association will host a Parents’ Retreat for breastfeeding.

The Banyule Bicycle Users Groups provides free bike parking and Mee’s Bus Lines will run a free shuttle bus from Heidelberg Station to the Kids ArtyFarty Fest and back:

  • Leaving Heidelberg Station - 10.05am, 10.45am, 11.25am, 12.05pm, 12.45pm, 1.25pm, 2.05pm, 2.45pm.
  • Departing Sills Bend - 12.20pm, 1pm, 1.40pm, 2.20pm, 3pm, 3.40pm, 4.20pm.