Village By The Lake at Benalla Festival
Saturday 10th of November 2018
Lake Benalla Foreshore
Fawkner Drive, Benalla
Welcome to Village By The Lake!
The Village by the Lake 2018 was a vibrant mix of live music, performing and visual arts, children’s entertainment and theatre, workshops, food and beverage, all culminating in a spectacular fireworks display. The creative folk of Benalla proudly performed, alongside some special guests. Check out the photos.
Our Backyard Music Stage
2.30pm – P-12 College Stage Band
2.50pm – Official Opening with Cr. Barbara Alexander
3.30pm – FCJ College
4.10pm – Ben Milner, winner of the Freeza Open Mic
4.20pm – Ellen James (folksy local singer songwriter with heart)
5.30pm – The Senegambian Jazz Band (high-energy blend of beats, funk and Afro-jazz)
With a newly launched album ‘Where Were You?’ having a big impact across the country, local identity Adam Toms rocked out in full band mode performing songs from the album along with a few surprises. Adam’s style combines country, rock and blues sizzled as the sun went down.
7.50pm – Oz Rock Express
Paying homage to all the great Aussie bands from ‘Our Backyard’. Their mission is simple: big sound, great songs,high energy rock and roll, rock the world and ensure that everyone who comes to see them perform is blown away and leave wanting more. They played classics from AC/DC, Jimmy Barnes, Icehouse, Hunters & Collectors, Daryl Braithwaite and a whole lot more.
9.00pm – Benalla Motor Group Fireworks
A large crowd enjoyed spectacular fireworks near Lake Benalla by Marshall Fireworks Australia.
The World Kitchen
This performative food stage hosted cooking demonstrations by local chefs, food stories and a kids’ cooking workshop.
2.30pm – Thai Cooking
3.30pm – Kids Cook-up
4.30pm – Spanish Style
6.00pm – Rainbow Eggs
11 November 2018 marked 100 years since the Armistice and the end of the Anzac Centenary. To acknowledge this important historical milestone, the Victorian Government presented this special street theatre performance designed to educate, raise awareness and remember a defining time in our history. This live theatre production told the story of Australia’s bandsmen who were both stretcher bearers and military musicians in World War One. Members of the Rose City Band featured in this storytelling performance.
Entrepreneurial kids from Benalla and beyond sold or swapped their old toys, clothes, handmade artworks or poetry or anything really. Bargains were grabbed! Thanks to Caroll Bolitho
Our Backyard Treasure Hunt
Thought you knew Benalla? Local hosts led a treasure hunt tour that was entertaining and informative.
This was the place for the young and young at heart. Participants became circus stars, tried hula hoops, juggling and diablo. Interactive workshops included puppet play, clowning, storytelling and giant bubbles and the amazing Fire and Ice Magic Show. Hosted by Jimmy J, Ruby Ray, Helli Hoops and Shaggles the Clown.
Kids! Come closer! Come inside this spectacular upsidedown boat theatre space and explore its oddities. Your host Miss Hera See wove stories both ancient and modern into an intriguing interactive performance. What is the keeper of secrets willing to reveal? Are you brave? Are you very brave?
Wrong Town Boutique was a place open for all to come, hunt and scavenge, to create, alter and adjust their own free costume. A place to dress up and dance to funky disco tunes, strut on the catwalk, and emerge into the festival a more funny version of yourself!
Crazy Viking host Gherkin Khan returned with more good old fashioned retro kids’ games.
So You Think You Can Interpretive Dance?
Just like So You Think You Can Dance, but with added fun! Thanks to all who entered the competition and busted their best moves!
Wind Over the Wings
Participants felt themselves gliding through the skies with a ride in the Gliding Club of Victoria’s flight simulator located on the foreshore near its static display.
Glow in the Dark
As night fell, the Benalla SES marquee sold lots of their many crazy and fun glow sticks. Proceeds to Benalla SES emergency projects.
The Cat’s Pyjamas
This was the place to get all crafty. People were amazed what they could make in 20 minutes. With local arts treasure Kurt Saggers.
And then there were the giant-sized incredible bugs!
Our 2018 Supporters!