I am a regular Stretcher - I know what you are thinking, wait hold it - not that kind of stretch. For the uninitiated a Stretcher is a Stretch Festival goer. Being a part-time "Downsouther", I have attended this Festival annually. Stretch is definitely a hidden treasure and is now celebrating its 11th year. Hard to believe!
Mandurah pulses during festival times. Over 10,000 visitors are expected this year at Stretch. There are several free events leading up to the event and plenty of free things to do and enjoy during May 3-6. For those who are keen to join in and groove into the festival vibe, the Stretch Festival Launch is being held at the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre Foyer on Thursday 3 May. Tickets are free, and available from the www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/central/]City of Mandurah. The official opening will feature serene jazz as well as a stunning live dance performance.
This year's theme, 'Breath' is inspired by the Lake Clifton Thrombolites which, if you travel a little further south of Mandurah, you will find this natural wonder. The Thrombolites are over 350,000 years old and thought to be earliest record of life on earth. A pretty spectacular claim to fame, bound to be a great source of inspiration to the local artists, performers and musicians who contribute to Stretch.
This year's festival is held predominantly around the popular Eastern Foreshore, stretching past the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, Ac-cent Activity Centre, and INQB8 Mandurah Centre for Contemporary Art. The festival never fails to tease and tantalize and this year will be no exception. With a strong arts focus, foodies are not forgotten and some of the free activities include live music (including local down south boy Jonny Taylor) face painting, art markets, a wearable art fashion parade and loads more. From 10.30am to around 4.00pm on the Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 May there will be a delectable line-up of live acts from folk to rock in Festival Square - presented by Healthway, promoting the Act-Belong-Commit message.
So jump on the train, hitch a ride, walk if you have to! The Stretch Festival is well worth a visit and so is Mandurah.
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The Mandurah Foreshore comes alive during festival time.