Inaugural Cale Street Festival will bring all the fun of the fair to Midland this weekend

Swingin' at the Savoy will play jazz songs of the 1920's-1940's plus their own original songs at the Cale Street Festival.
Swingin' at the Savoy will play jazz songs of the 1920's-1940's plus their own original songs at the Cale Street Festival.

THE inaugural Cale Street Festival will bring all the fun of the fair to Midland this weekend.

The festival will feature music including funk from Grooveasaurus, blues and folk songs from Malachy, improvised beats from The Sonic Manipulator and local musician Adam B Harris.

There will also be a community stage highlighting local performers such as Hills Choir, Midland Dance Studios, Zahara Dance Company and Chun Wah.

Also on offer are martial arts demonstrations and workshops by Perth Wing Chun, pop-up street bars, carnival rides and a special zone of free activities.

Festival co-director Ken Allen said the festival was shaping up to become an integral part of Midland’s identity.

“Street festivals are exciting, fun and inclusive,” he said.

“They’re growing in popularity across Perth and they’re a sign that a suburb has ‘arrived’.

Festival co-director Tabetha Vagliviello says street festivals are a gathering of entertainment, food and most of all, culture.

“Most importantly, a street festival like Cale Street is a very public expression of how good a neighbourhood can be,” she said.

The event was moved from January 20 to this month to allow extra time for the local community to attend.

The Cale Street Festival is on Sunday, February 24 from 2pm to 8pm and is presented by Midland Gate.