Live fest illuminating Teesdale

November 25, 2021 BY

Light the night: Teesdale Primary School’s Wilfred and Sofia are preparing their lanterns for the parade. Photo: ALISTAIR FINLAY

LIGHTS and sounds will liven Teesdale as the sun goes down on Saturday, 4 December.

Teesdale Turtle Bend Committee’s free twilight music festival and lantern parade, [email protected] Bend, is coming to the town and its reserve precinct.

At dusk, more than 120 local children and families will parade down Teesdale’s main street with handmade lanterns featuring a giant turtle, brolgas, and parrots.

Co-organiser Claire Whiteley said people of all ages are invited to enjoy the broader festivities including a fire show, live musical performances from classic blues-rock band Bones and Jones, multicultural group Sikander, Lady Valentine, and Orange Butter Club, and “hearty food” and drinks.

[email protected] Bend is a chance to unite the community after a challenging 21 months.

“It is especially important this year after the many restrictions and lockdowns we have faced during the pandemic,” Ms Whiteley said.

“The children at Teesdale Primary School have made some beautiful lanterns and it’s wonderful to see them at twilight as they wind their way to the Turtle Pavilion.”

[email protected] Bend will run from 6pm to 10pm, with the support of the Golden Plains Shire, Music Workshop, FreeZA, Oxygen College, the Bendigo Bank, the Bannockburn Men’s Shed, and other local organisations and businesses.

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