Saturday 23 March 2013
10.15am Parade marshalling
At the bridge tennis courts (pedestrians and passengers) and Tills Drive (vehicles, horse-drawn floats). Pony clubs (ponies, riders, etc) meet in the car park behind toilet block/bus shelter opposite Folk Art
10.30am Judging of Parade floats
Perpetual trophy for Best Parade Entry plus Most Colourful, Most Imaginative, Best Costumes/Make-up and Most Warrandyte-ish
10.55am Vintage plane flyover with James Courtney to mark the start of the Street Parade, proudly supported by the Warrandyte Community Bank Branch Bendigo Bank
11.00am Official start of Parade, Mechanics Institute Hall, Cnr Yarra & Mitchell Streets
Cutting of ribbon by local councillors, Town Crier, Festival Monarchs (Geoff and Christine Taylor), bands, floats, vintage cars and more. Commentaries along Yarra Street at the Community Centre, Grand Hotel, east of Forbes Street and Stiggants Reserve. Enquiries firstname.lastname@example.org
12.00pm Official Festival Opening, Main Stage
Welcome to Country, Smoking Ceremony and Dance Performance (presented by the Wurundjeri Council and Reconciliation Manningham), introduction of 2013 Festival Monarchs (Geoff and Christine Taylor) and local Councillors
11.30pm – 4.00pm ‘Dyte’s Designer Ducks’ competition, The Top Tent, Upper Reserve
This year 10 of the best decorated plastic ducks (must be children’s own work) will be selected to be part of the Designer Ducks competition. Festival goers are asked to vote for their favourite duck with 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes being awarded.
1.30pm and 2.30pm Historical Plaque Unveiling Ceremonies
Unveiling of Memorial Plaques at Warrandyte (Pound Bend) Aboriginal Reserve 1.30pm (south) and 2.30pm (north).
As part of the 2013 Warrandyte Festival, two bronze commemorative plaques on rocks will be ceremonially unveiled by Wurundjeri Tribe Council Elders. The plaques will mark two eastern boundary sites of the former Warrandyte Aboriginal reserve on the north and south sides of the Yarra.
This project was initiated by Nillumbik Reconciliation Group in close association with Reconciliation Manningham and the Wurundjeri Tribe Council, as a means of commemorating the last great corroboree of the Kulin Nation which was held at Pound Bend in March 1852.
Many traditional games were played as part of the two week long festivities, and it effectively drew the curtain on traditional tribal life in Victoria. It was a purposeful symbolic act by the charismatic Headman of the Wurundjeri, Simon Wonga, which then allowed him to pursue his vision of establishing a viable economic base for his people in the new world that confronted them. Wonga and his equally charismatic cousin William Barak were finally able to achieve this vision in 1863 when they secured a grant of land at Coranderrk in Healesville.
The unveiling of the south side plaque by Wurundjeri Elder Uncle Bill Nicholson will occur at 1.30pm at the Taroona Av/Everard Drive car park (Mel ref 35 C1). This is in fact also the site of the ‘Potato Patch Incident’ where the settler James Anderson unsuccessfully confronted Jaga-Jaga and his men in 1840.
The second unveiling on the North Warrandyte side of the river will then follow at 2.30pm and will be conducted by Wurundjeri Elder Aunty Di Kerr. Participants in this event will need to go there by car. Cross the Warrandyte Bridge and turn left on to the Warrandyte-Research Road. At the Stony Creek dip three kilometres later, turn left onto ‘The Boulevard’. It is a narrow dirt road. Follow it along the gully until you reach the Stony Creek confluence with the Yarra, where there is a car park next to the unveiling site (Mel ref 23 C9).
All stages and audience areas are non-smoking. Performance times subject to change without notice.
Pack your chairs or blankets, bring or buy food and drinks and enjoy two days and three nights of fabulous music and celebration.
Lower Riverbank near the Rotunda
- 12.15pm Callan Harris
- 1.00pm Catfish Voodoo
- 2.00pm Neatly Folded Goat
- 3.00pm Damian Howard with the Ploughboys
- 4.00pm Both Sides of the River
- 4.20pm The Girl in the Fire
- 12.00pm Official Festival Opening including Welcome to Country, Smoking Ceremony and Dance Performance (presented by the Wurundjeri Council and Reconciliation Manningham), introduction of 2013 Festival Monarchs (Geoff and Christine Taylor) and local Councillors.
- 12.30pm Anderson’s Creek Primary School
- 1.00pm Warrandyte Primary School & Bush Band
- 1.15pm Park Orchards Primary School
- 1.45pm Warrandyte High School
- 2.15pm Doowlla Drummers
- 2.45pm De Riaz Dance Academy
- 3.15pm Wonnies School Bands
- 5.15pm The Scrimshaw Four
- 6.00pm Adam Cousens
- 7.00pm Teskey Brothers
- 8.00pm Nudist Funk Orchestra
- 9.20pm Animaux