Einbunpin Festival is back on Sunday, July 30 with more entertainment, more stalls and more talented bayside locals on show.
But is it just more of the same? No way, says Deagon Ward Councillor Jared Cassidy, who will host the free family activities on the day in the expanded Festival Arena alongside Sandgate MP Stirling Hinchliffe, and will officially open the festival with Lord Mayor Graham Quirk.
“Building on the success of the last few years we have really focused on showcasing the talent of our local residents,” Cr Cassidy says.
“We have four dedicated stage areas once again, but people will notice the size of these stages has been reduced meaning a more intimate atmosphere and a focus on smaller and more acoustic acts.
“We have also given local artists the opportunity to sell their artwork on the Bridge Gallery for the first time this year. Families voted with their feet last year and really supported the free activities in the Festival Arena area, so this is an area our program will focus on this year even more.”
Along with the mullet tossing, tug-of-war and egg-and-spoon race at in the Festival Arena, crowds can also get in on all the food, trinkets and treats the community has to offer.
“Our local schools always put on an amazing display of cakes, jams, conserves and crafts, so you can always find gifts if there are upcoming birthdays,” Cr Cassidy says.
“The festival is one of the best ways to catch up with people you haven’t seen in a while because almost everyone who lives in the area attends.”
Now in its 24th year, Cr Cassidy says the festival owes its strength and longevity to the fact it has remained a truly community-focused event.
“It’s the time of year when our local schools, community groups, local businesses and residents come together to celebrate our community,” he says.
“Einbunpin is unique as a festival in the way it celebrates our talented artists, musicians, environment and people — of all ages.”
Einbunpin Festival is Sunday, July 30, Brighton Road, Sandgate. Visit www.einbunpinfestival.org.au
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