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Birchip braces for street art festival

In just 15 days, Birchip’s main street will burst into life as it plays host to the Mali Heart Street Art Festival, promising a dynamic and bustling atmosphere for both locals and tourists alike. As the March long weekend approaches, Birchip anticipates a surge of visitors from across the state, eager to immerse themselves in the vibrant festivities and warm hospitality offered by the community.

The festivities kick off on Saturday, March 9, at 10 a.m., marking the official commencement of the Mali Heart Street Art Festival. Shoppers along Cumming Avenue will be serenaded by the tunes of busker Grim Faulkner, while the Buloke Collectable Car Club showcases its impressive collection of vintage cars.

With a diverse array of market stalls offering everything from acrylics and homemade sauces to candles and framed photos, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Local businesses, including the newly opened Olive Joy Licensed Café, as well as clothing stores Sarë and Kawaii Kids, will be open throughout the morning and into the afternoon, catering to all food and beverage needs.

The festivities continue with a photo exhibition by the Lions Club and a Patchwork Quilt exhibition, providing a visual feast for attendees while enjoying morning tea provided by the Wirrim CWA members.

Later in the day, Mali Fest at Birchip Memorial Park beckons, offering an afternoon of live music and entertainment for visitors of all ages. Activities such as laser tag, a bungee run, a rock-climbing wall, and a jumping castle will keep the excitement alive, starting from 10:30 a.m. The highlight of the day will be a Battle of the Bands competition, followed by a performance by headline artist Taylor Henderson from 1 to 3 p.m.

The Battle of the Bands competition promises great prizes, with opportunities still available for entry. Lunch options will include baked potatoes and treats from local establishments, while the Birchip -12 Cambodia students will offer sweet treats to help fund their trip.

Additional attractions include workshops by Headspace and a sensory tent by “Young Expressions,” providing a range of activities for attendees to enjoy. Mali Fest, generously funded by FRRR, FReeZA, and the Birchip Neighbourhood House LDAT program, offers a unique opportunity to experience live music while supporting local businesses and hospitality.

For those looking to extend their stay, Sunday, March 10, promises more excitement with the annual Mallee Bull Cup Day, featuring horse racing, entertainment, and plenty of opportunities to catch up with family and friends. Camping sites at Tchum Lake are quickly filling up, offering visitors the chance to experience the beauty of Mallee sunsets and sunrises, as well as a variety of water activities and excellent facilities.

Birchip is the ultimate destination for a memorable March long weekend, offering a wealth of family-friendly fun and entertainment. Spread the word and join in the celebration of Birchip’s splendor!

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