If you live in the inner west, chances are you have experienced more than one of the festivals and events that take place each year in Hobsons Bay and its surrounding municipalities.
Festivals can be a wonderful way to celebrate and to inspire. When they are free or very low cost, they can also be great family entertainment. Festivals can celebrate communities and particular cultures, and help inform and inspire, especially when they are about the arts, about diversity, and about where we live.
The Council provides funding sponsorship to a number of organisations that present festivals in Hobsons Bay including Eid Festival, Laverton Festival, Newport Folk Festival, Williamstown Literary Festival and in 2011 and 2012 operated the Altona Beach Festival. Partnerships in flagship events like GOWEST for Midsumma or local events as part of Big West round out the calendar, adding value to residents by bringing unique experiences (and lots of visitors!) close to home.
The Council produces its own events, providing free summer music and film events in beautiful outdoor locations. As part of the Hobsons Bay Sustainable Tourism Strategy, sponsorship can be provided to events that focus on ways to celebrate our unique environment, our maritime history and the coast.
Hobsons Bay City Council presents
Summer Sounds 2013
Movies by the Bay 2013
Jayco Bay Series
Melbourne Down Under
Australia Day In Altona
Shakespeare In The Gardens
Newport Lakes Bush Dance
Around The Bay In A Day
Festival dates for 2013
Visit Council's event calendar for a full list of festivals and events.
Key dates include:
Sunday, 20th January from 2.00pm featuring Mark Seymour at Logan Reserve, Altona
Sunday, 27th January from 2.00pm featuring Mia Dyson at The Rotunda, Commonwealth Reserve, Williamstown
Sunday, 3rd February from 2.00pm featuring The Kutcha Edwards Band at The Rotunda, Commonwealth Reserve, Williamstown
Movies by the Bay
Friday, 4th January, Madagascar 3 (PG) at Logan Reserve, Altona
Friday, 11th January, Ice Age 4 (PG) at Logan Reserve, Altona
Friday, 18th January, The Avengers (M) at The Rotunda, Commonwealth Reserve, Williamstown
Friday, 25th January, The Sapphires (PG) at Logan Reserve, Altona
Altona Beach Festival
Saturday, 23rd March - save the date!
Williamstown Literary Festival
Friday, 31st May to Sunday, 2nd June.
Art in Public Places
Friday, 5th April to Sunday 5th May.
Newport Folk Festival
Friday 5th July to Sunday 7th July.
For any enquiries about the activities of the Williamstown Summer Festival Ltd, please write to the committee c/- PO Box 266 Williamstown 3016