Big­gest party on the streets

Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - NEWS - Matt Zis

VIC­TO­RIA Park’s an­nual Sum­mer Street Party will be held in De­cem­ber for the first time, with or­gan­is­ers hop­ing a later date will not af­fect turnout for the area’s big­gest pub­lic fes­ti­val.

Up to 50,000 re­port­edly at­tended last year’s event and or­gan­is­ers are hope­ful of a sim­i­lar turnout this year, with the of­fi­cial party area ex­tended by a block to Sus­sex Street to cater for the high level of in­ter­est.

The De­cem­ber 9 date is the clos­est to Christ­mas in the street party’s four-year his­tory and was cho­sen, among other rea­sons, to mit­i­gate any risk of Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion works along Al­bany High­way not be­ing fin­ished.

The Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion is re­plac­ing the main wa­ter pipe along a 2.4km stretch of Al­bany High­way. The nec­es­sary works are on track to fin­ish in Novem­ber, but have caused dis­rup­tion to traf­fic and af­fected busi­ness trade since be­gin­ning in July.

Fes­ti­val di­rec­tor Ken Allen said or­gan­is­ers were putting to­gether a line-up of en­ter­tain­ment and fun, in­clud­ing a re­turn of the pop­u­lar and in­sta-fa­mous gi­ant ten­ta­cles.

Also locked in are Bol­ly­wood dance work­shops, Chi­nese lion dancers, Celtic dancers, swing dancers, a new soap boxstyle com­edy zone and sev­eral acts for the main stage, head­lined by al­ter­na­tive in­die act Pat Chow.

There will also be mar­ket stalls, free face paint­ing and chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties, food, roam­ing per­form­ers, rides, sus­tain­abil­ity advice and ac­tiv­i­ties.

Mr Allen urged peo­ple to use the event to make a “ter­rific start to sum­mer”.

“We’re ex­cited about show­cas­ing as much lo­cal Vic Park tal­ent as pos­si­ble at the event, as well as bring­ing the best of what Perth has to of­fer to this great fes­ti­val,” Mr Allen said.

The Bal­moral Ho­tel has per­mis­sion to op­er­ate a pop up bar and Dutch Trad­ing Com­pany will have one in front of the main stage.

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