GALLERY: Community celebrates Warrnambool's historic laneways with festival

WARRNAMBOOL’S creative community put on a show for the first event in Warrnambool’s Hidden Histories Laneway Festival.

Even mayor Michael Neoh took to the catwalk in Ozone Lane for the festival’s fashion parade and local artists Gareth Colliton and Tom Pendergast created a permanent mural in the walkway between Capricorn Records and Australia Post.

Warrnambool City manager of business support Tanya Egan said organisers were delighted with the support from the community. Ms Egan said the festival was part of the council’s city centre revitalisation plan to help create a 21st century Warrnambool CBD.

“We know that the community wants the city centre to be alive,” she said.

“An event like this brings people together and celebrates the lifestyle we have.

“We were so happy the weather held out.”

Ms Egan also praised the work of the team from the F Project, which is a local artist-run initiative,  and businesses which had helped make the event a success.

The event included a fashion parade featuring vintage fashions and outfits made by district fashion designers, live music from local musicians and an artists’ market. 

Saturday’s activities were the first of 10 Laneway Festival events to be held between January and May, each with its own special character.

The festival is supported by Warrnambool City Council, the state government and F Project.

Ms Egan said the next event would partner with the Wunta Fiesta and use two laneways in Liebig Street.

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Warrnambool artist Thomas Pendergast adds colour to a mural in Ozone Lane.

Warrnambool artist Thomas Pendergast adds colour to a mural in Ozone Lane.

Laneway Festival organisers Megan Nicolson, F-Project vice president, and Tanya Egan, Warrnambool City Council city renewal manager, were happy with the turn out for the event.

Laneway Festival organisers Megan Nicolson, F-Project vice president, and Tanya Egan, Warrnambool City Council city renewal manager, were happy with the turn out for the event.

Laneway Festival fashion show models (front to back) Rhiannah Maddocks, 12, Charlotte Peverett, Lauren Baxter holding son Zavier, 3, Sudawan Thurapat (in pink), Michelle Uriarau holding Jazilla Samali, 2, Tricia McKean, Heidi Wisniewski, and Pat Tonks, all showing off a range of clothes from Enique Eco Store.

Laneway Festival fashion show models (front to back) Rhiannah Maddocks, 12, Charlotte Peverett, Lauren Baxter holding son Zavier, 3, Sudawan Thurapat (in pink), Michelle Uriarau holding Jazilla Samali, 2, Tricia McKean, Heidi Wisniewski, and Pat Tonks, all showing off a range of clothes from Enique Eco Store.

Mayor Michael Neoh turns his hand to modelling, during a fashion show as part of the Laneway Festival.

Mayor Michael Neoh turns his hand to modelling, during a fashion show as part of the Laneway Festival.

Local musicians Brady James and Dave Burgess each performed a set to entertain the Laneway Festival crowds.

Local musicians Brady James and Dave Burgess each performed a set to entertain the Laneway Festival crowds.

Aaliea, 9, and Nigel Cooper-Stevenson, 8, both of Hawksdale, painted up for the Laneway Festival.

Aaliea, 9, and Nigel Cooper-Stevenson, 8, both of Hawksdale, painted up for the Laneway Festival.

Local trader Georgia Henderson with her plants at the Laneway Festival.

Local trader Georgia Henderson with her plants at the Laneway Festival.

Sisters Stella Ryan, 6, and Maya Ryan, 8, of Warrnambool, help local artist Merran Koren with her sculpture, during the Laneway Festival.

Sisters Stella Ryan, 6, and Maya Ryan, 8, of Warrnambool, help local artist Merran Koren with her sculpture, during the Laneway Festival.

Local models Indigo Crabbmor, Lauren Baudinette, Raven Hancock, and Emily Thurlow show off some vintage wedding gear in the Laneway Festival fashion parade.

Local models Indigo Crabbmor, Lauren Baudinette, Raven Hancock, and Emily Thurlow show off some vintage wedding gear in the Laneway Festival fashion parade.