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Local music gets loud

The countdown is on until a weekend of pure artistic hedonism hits Ballarat.
Nanjing Night Net

Time for fun: Emily French and Abbey Panosh from the Australian Irish Dance Company will entertain at the SongWays festival. Picture: Dylan Burns

New annual festival SongWays will be held October 14 to 16 –a smorgasbord of sound that will reach out into the various nooks and crannies of Ballarat’s existing music venues.

It will tie in with the openingof the Art Gallery of Ballarat’s second go hosting the Archibald Prizeexhibition.

SongWays is a key feature of the City of Ballarat’s newLive Music Strategic Plan, which it has been squirreling away at for 18 months, and has ambitious plans of putting Ballarat on the map as a go-to destination for local and live music.

The line-up itself is comprehensive and features a range of free and ticketed events, with all artists having a strong Ballarat connection.

Live Music Committee spokesperson, councillor Belinda Coates, said it was exciting to see the action items start getting ticked off the strategic plan.

“It’s terrific that it will coincide with the Archies as well, so it will really activate the city at a time when it’s really buzzing,” she said.

City ofBallaratarts and culture managerDaniel Henderson said SongWays would demonstrate the type of music-embracing community Ballarat was home to.

“It builds the vibrancy and the notion that Ballarat is a city of music, a city of creativity, and it’s a chance to embrace and recognise local creative talent,” he said.

“The notion of it is activating our city through live music and empowering our businesses to create cultural tourism opportunities.”

Busking organiser Amie Sexton said on Saturday October 15, residents could expect to see Bridge Mall come to life with buskers and roaming performers all day. She also said an open mic spot would be open for anyone willing to have a go.

Highlights will include free live music across the city on Friday night, amusicalextravaganza at Suttons House of Music on Saturday, anda Sunday chill session at the Main Bar featuring Geoffrey Williams,Paige Duggan Quartet andMichael Westlake Trio.

For more details, visit梧桐夜网facebook南京夜网/BallaratSongWaysMusicFestival

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