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    UNDER LIGHTS AND STARS: Goroke’s Melanie Koop will perform at Horsham’s evening Festoon event on December 6. Picture: CHAREE SMITH

Music, art under lights at Horsham Town Hall

A family festival in the heart of Horsham’s Central Business District on December 6 will feature live music, art, children’s activities and an opportunity for people to relax in the build-up to Christmas.

Horsham Town Hall team members will present the free-of-charge ‘Festoon’ in an enclosed town hall carpark off Pynsent Street from 6pm.

The event, the last the town hall team will present before a big Wimmera 60 Years of Rock reunion extravaganza in February, is due to a positive community response to a trial ‘pop-up’ Festoon a fortnight ago.

Horsham Town Hall marketing officer Charee Smith said the event also came on the back of a strong community request earlier this year for more outdoor events.



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“What people wanted as part of an outdoor development plan involving performing and visual arts was more free, outdoor, family-friendly events with live music. And that is what we are presenting,” she said.

“People will be able to enter the Festoon car park, which is a natural enclosure, from Pynsent Street and experience a range of activities, performances and displays.

“There will be art-making activities, a performance by Goroke singer Melanie Koop and from 7.30pm Horsham rock band Johnny Thunder and the Lightnings will play with a full sound and light show.”

Ms Smith said the band performance would also provide a sneak preview of what people could expect with Wimmera 60 Years of Rock. 

“In a nutshell, Festoon will be a celebration of art, performance and community within Horsham’s shopping heart,” she said.

“It is going to be a lot of fun. The pop-up trial produced many positive comments and after the feedback people can expect a more fine-tuned presentation. It will be even better.

“It is designed for families and the general public, so we encourage everyone to come down, bring a chair or bring a rug and settle in for a great evening out.”

The name Festoon is based on the concept of people gathering for an evening under lights and the stars. 

Stakeholders involved in February’s rock-music reunion met last week to formalise planning details.

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