The annual Darra Street Festival is now in its 14th year. Originally setup to showcase the local area to the residents, it also aimed to provide locals with a low cost alternative to going to the Ekka. Fast forward 13 years and the event has gone from strength to strength. Railway Parade will be closed to traffic to allow rides, games, foods from around the world, local bands and street performers to entertain the thousands of local residents and other fun-lovers who turn up to the event each year.
The 2017 event is shaping up to be bigger and better than ever before, with food stalls from 12 different nationalities and some of Brisbane's best bands showcasing their talents on the main stage. The event is still very cost effective for locals with unlimited rides with wristbands available for only $5. These can be purchased at the event.
Sculptures in Railway Parade, Darra (image by writer)
As the event has grown, the Darra Community Group committee has worked hard to ensure that other local community organisations are given the opportunity to join in. In 2014 over $10,000 was raised by the community stalls. This is fantastic for the local community as that money is then put back into programs and events for the locals. The 2015 and 2016 event had over 20 different community organisations involved:
service groups such as Rotary, and
charities such as Buy a Bale, Montrose Access and Life Without Barriers.
Darra Street Party 2016 in full swing (image courtesy of Darra Community Group)
I interviewed Cathy Easte, indefatigable Treasurer and community stalwart, who told me how much she is looking forward to the Street Festival. "I have been involved in all 14 Street Festivals and I still get a buzz at this time of year looking forward to seeing so many people come together and have fun!" she said. Her enthusiasm is infectious. Brad Butcher, President of Darra Community Group, added, "We created this event to allow residents who couldn't afford to go to the Ekka, an opportunity to have a great night out on a budget. We still pride ourselves on this today. We have a community event run for the community by the community in the middle of our community. Residents, local businesses and other local community groups coming together as one."
Darra Street Party 2016 preparations (image courtesy of Darra Community Group)
Details at a glance: When: Friday the 13 October Time: From 4.30 to 10pm Where: Railway Parade Darra (next to the train station) Cost: FREE entry and entertainment. Unlimited rides for only $5. Presented by Darra Community Group and sponsored by BTP Westlink Green. For further details click here or check out Facebook here