Festival fun on Hobart streets

Hobart City Council’s My Street event program is now open to expressions of interest from residents keen to bring their local community together during the winter months.

The free My Street events can feature live performers, food vans, workshops and more, with the organisation of logistics, entertainment, infrastructure and permits handled by the Council.

Hobart Acting Lord Mayor Helen Burnet said each event would be a collaboration between the City of Hobart and residents who applied.

“Each My Street event will be as unique as the community hosting it and could involve a talent show, a clothing swap, a food-making contest, a scavenger hunt, a circus workshop or even a bush dance,” she said.

“We encourage you to get creative, lean on the multitude of talent in your community and celebrate you and your neighbours and neighbourhood.”

Creative City Portfolio chair John Kelly said the key was to keep the events local and intimate.

“They can be as small as having 20 neighbours get to together, or as large as a 250-person park celebration,” he said.

“My Street events will start rolling out over the coming months and we will work flexibly with local residents to find a day and a time that suits their neighbourhood.”

Lenah Valley resident Tanya Brooks-Cooper was part of a three- person organising group for a My Street event last year attended by more than 200 locals.

“Our Lenah Valley Street Party really brought our community together for a lovely night of family fun,” Ms Brooks-Cooper said.

“People chatted, danced, ate, sang along to the bands, kids played on the hill and roasted marshmallows and everyone was smiling.

“You bring the ideas and share the word and the council do the hard work behind the scenes to make it look amazing.

“It was so much fun we can’t wait to do it again.”

More information and the EOI form can be found at hobartcity.com. au/mystreet

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