Local schools to light up Baysie Arts and Street Fest with lanterns

 Hillcrest Primary School students Max Morris (Year 5), Dannita Herman and Jaedah Morgan (Year 6)
Hillcrest Primary School students Max Morris (Year 5), Dannita Herman and Jaedah Morgan (Year 6)

THREE schools are creating more than 200 lanterns for a parade at the upcoming Baysie Arts and Street Fest.

The festival, organised by community group Baysie Rollers, will be held in King William Street on March 31 from 2pm to 8pm.

Member Gabi Mazalevskis is running workshops with Hillcrest, Bayswater and St Columba’s primary schools, where students are making lanterns shaped as fish, triangles, stars, boats, waterbirds, historical buildings, waves and an olive tree.

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She said the theme of the parade was based around the environment and history of the area.

“The parade will a feature in the finale of the festival, commencing in Veitch Street and ending in Bert Wright Park creating a beautiful ambiance to the closing concert featuring the school choirs singing together, followed Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse,” she said.

“It’s great working with the schools, it’s chaos, but the kids really get into it and they have to learn new skills very quickly.

“They’re all very excited to walk their creations through the streets of Bayswater surrounded by their friends and family.”

Year 5 students Max Morris and Zenyi French.

She said group members have also helped create a special lantern of a cow in a boat, which was based on the story of Bayswater’s first doctor, Dr Whatley, whom Whatley Crescent was named after.

“You’ll be able to hear more about Dr Whatley’s story in the festival’s Bureau of Found Things pop-up and free walking tours through the town,” she said.

For information, visit the Baysie Rollers’ Facebook page.