LOCAL Arts and Community Events (LACE) will celebrate the 120th anniversary since the naming of the suburb and showcase the history of Maylands at the Maylands Street Festival in 2018.
Bayswater council gave in-kind support to the festival and approved LACE’s funding application for $15,000 at the November 7 committee meeting.
LACE will be contributing about $10,000 from its own budget to the event and is seeking $41,000 from Lotterywest, private and alternative public funding.
The street festival, will feature a historical display at the Maylands Historical and Peninsula Association (MHPA) headquarters, live bands, DJs, street performers, children’s activities, festival bar, stalls, food vendors and a community art project.
LACE chairperson Belinda Wates said the festival was in its early planning stages and LACE would be holding a quiz night on February 10 to raise funds and awareness about the festival.
“We really want to push that it is a showcase of Maylands and show what Maylands is about because it is not just a festival that is located in Maylands,” she said.
LACE treasurer Linda McCormack said there would be roving street performers dressed in character and creating scenes that reflect the history of Maylands.
Ms McCormack said LACE wanted to make the festival accessible to people with mobility issues.
Maylands Residents and Ratepayers Association vice-president and MHPA secretary Roger Tomlins said Maylands had the “soul” of a country town and people did not need to go anywhere else.
City of Bayswater place manager Emma Snow said events such as the street festival played an important role in activating the City’s town centres and brought the community together.
The festival will take place on Eighth Avenue, Whatley Crescent, near the Peninsula Hotel and The RISE on May 20, 2018.