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Victorian Dance Festival

Fresh moves, Frisbees and films this weekend

News Article Date: 
Thursday, 21 June 2018

Contemporary dancing and Ultimate Frisbee may not have a lot in common, but eager participants in both will converge on Warrnambool this weekend.

The city will play host to the Victorian Ultimate Frisbee League on Saturday June 23 and the Victorian Dance Festival on Sunday June 24.

The inaugural Warrnambool Winter Solstice Surf Film Festival will also take place this weekend, with The Seawolf to be screened at the Dart and Marlin on Friday night at 8pm and a series of surf films to be projected onto the breakwater on Saturday night from 6pm.

Warrnambool City Council Manager Visitor Economy David McMahon said that the events would provide a significant boost to the local economy.

“The Victorian Dance Festival and the Ultimate Frisbee Championships will see a combined 1250 people take part, with about 1000 of those traveling here to do so,” he said.

“That doesn’t even include the parents and siblings who will be travelling with many of the dance festival participants, so the number of visitors will be much higher.

“These three events all cater for different audiences, and the diversification of events in Warrnambool was a key aspect of our new events strategy.

“As well as attracting visitors, events play a key role in creating meaningful experiences for locals too.

“To be able to learn from Australia’s most in-demand choreographers plus international guest Travis Wall from So You Think You Can Dance, enjoy stunning surf films projected onto a Warrnambool icon or even to see the unique sport of Ultimate Frisbee being played by some of the state’s best is great for the city.

“In addition to organising its own events, Council is eager to work with individuals and organisations to stage their own events in Warrnambool and to do whatever we can to help them succeed.

“Each of the three major events held this weekend started as an idea with one person and grew from there.”

Victorian Dance Festival Founder, Director and south-west resident Kate Meade said the festival is not just a dance event, but a tourism destination event and that holding the event in a regional setting is incredibly important to organisers that are based in the region.

“Warrnambool is absolutely beautiful,” she said. 

“A cosmopolitan city by the sea, you can eat, you can shop, you can live in this beautiful town and I think by having the event here we can really showcase this wonderful region.”

Tickets to the Victorian Dance Festival are still available and can be purchased at www.victoriandancefestival.com.

The Ultimate Frisbee League will be held at Harris Street Reserve and the Warrnambool Showgrounds from 9.30am and is free for spectators.

The Warrnambool Winter Solstice Surf Film Festival is also free to attend.

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