New sunset festival for youth, by youth

THERE is a new festival on the scene in Warrnambool and the star of the show is local youth.

Sunset on the Green is a council event organised by its youth councillors and will be held on January 18 at the Civic Green.

The festival will feature performances from local favourites Bonney Ranch, Alpha Tides and Michelles Velocity as well as several solo and duo talents.

Youth councillor Elspeth Bawden, 17, will perform at the festival with musical partner Jess Shanahan.

She said for a long time the youth council had wanted to deliver a family-friendly event with a focus on young people.

“It’s good to have an accessible event for all young musicians and it’s good to support young artists and local charities,” Elspeth said.

She and Jess will perform a mixture of old and new music including Eric Clapton and Jessie J.

Sunset on the Green is free and patrons will be encouraged to donate to Peter’s Project while enjoying the music, barbecue and street art demonstration.

Warrnambool City Council youth development planner Katie McKean said the youth council had been key in developing the inaugural program.

“They’ve been in on the school holidays, they did the radio ad last week, they’ve been making phone calls and approaching organisations — all the people that were needed to get the show on the road,” Mrs McKean said.

The festival will run from 2pm until 8pm and patrons are invited to bring their own picnic rugs or chairs. Sunset on the Green is smoke, drug and alcohol-free.

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