Beaufort Street Festival
The Beaufort Street Festival will be taking a break in 2016.
The Beaufort Street Network has announced that the Beaufort Street Festival will not be held in 2016 in its past format. A range of smaller community-driven projects and events will take its place.
The Beaufort Street Festival is presented by the Network – a non-profit, community organisation working to create a better Beaufort Street. The first Festival was held in 2010 and it has become one of the biggest annual street festivals in Australia.
The 2015 edition of the event featured an enormous program spread over 1.5km of the iconic retail strip, including family activities, music, art and food vendors along with a broad mix of restaurants, funky bars and retail outlets.
It is delivered by local event organisations JumpClimb and The Event Agency, along with hundreds of committed volunteers throughout the year and on the day.
Network Chair Pam Herron said the move to a collection of smaller events would allow for ongoing community engagement throughout the year and provide 12 months worth of excitement and promotion of all that Beaufort Street has to offer.
“The Beaufort Street Festival really put Beaufort Street on the map”, said Network Chair, Pam Herron. “It’s time to try some new ideas. We’re planning a number of events throughout the year and looking at other ways we can create a better Beaufort Street.”
The first of the new events features an afternoon of Crust Pizza and croquet at Mount Lawley’s Forrest Park Croquet Club on March 12, 2016.
“Funding the festival each year is challenging, particularly for a non-profit community organisation in the current economic conditions”, said Herron. “The Network may relaunch a smaller community celebration in future years.
The Festival sponsors have been fantastic and we want to thank them all. A special thanks to the major sponsors and supporters – the City of Vincent, City of Stirling and Lotterywest.”
“Local event organisers JumpClimb and The Event Agency have successfully managed the Festival for the last 4 years. We couldn’t have done it without them.”
Festival 2015 attracted huge crowds, which was amazing despite the heat. Thank you to all the volunteers, event organisers JumpClimb and The Event Agency and all our supporters including City of Vincent and City of Stirling.
If you missed it this year, you can see a video wrap of the day here www.facebook.com/TheBeaufortStreetFestival/
The Network established the Festival in 2010 and it’s now one of the biggest street festivals in Australia. Not bad for a community organisation with no paid staff!