Baysie Rollers to hold Baysie Arts and Street Fest in March

BACK L-R: Geraldine Pillinger, Gabi Mazalevskis, Monica Main, Eve Hesford and David Lee (Chair, Baysie Rollers).  AT FRONT WITH PAINTING: Vanessa Bradley with a picture entitled Seams and Spaces inbetween - Anne Whatley. Photo: David Baylis
BACK L-R: Geraldine Pillinger, Gabi Mazalevskis, Monica Main, Eve Hesford and David Lee (Chair, Baysie Rollers). AT FRONT WITH PAINTING: Vanessa Bradley with a picture entitled Seams and Spaces inbetween - Anne Whatley. Photo: David Baylis

THE history of Bayswater, Aboriginal culture and the arts will be celebrated at the upcoming Baysie Arts and Street Fest.

Community group Baysie Rollers is holding the festival on March 31 in the heart of Bayswater – along King William Street.

There will be workshops for all ages, live music ranging from jazz to folk, food, stalls, a lantern parade, jukeboxes, historical dance, historical items on display, fireworks and artworks.

Bayswater Primary School, Hillcrest Primary School and St Columba’s School choirs will be performing songs in Noongar language and English.

The highlight of the festival will be an ending performance by Noongar music duo Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse and their band.

Baysie Rollers chair David Lee said he would like to see 15,000 people attend the festival.

“There was one (festival in Bayswater) about three years ago but this has been a lot of work involving the community in every aspect of the festival – that is why we think it is going to be really different,” he said.

“We are not importing a festival – the stories are coming from Bayswater so when people come here, they will experience the creativity, the diversity and all that is great about Bayswater.

“If you live in Bayswater and you found something in your garden and you don’t know what it is or if you have got something in the loft that tells the story or the history of Bayswater, bring it along.”

Mr Lee said the group was calling out for volunteers, stall holders and sponsors.

For information, email David at chair@baysierollers.com or visit the group’s Facebook page.