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Young Freddie Mercury at Knox Festival

Locals brave the heat at Knox Festival

Extremely hot temperatures didn't deter the thousands of locals and visitors who turned out to celebrate diversity and community life at Knox Festival last weekend.

More than 12,000 people attended the Festival at Wally Tew Reserve, and whilst the Saturday saw on site temperatures soar to 42 degrees, Sunday brought a light breeze that brought out the crowds. Locals and visitors alike enjoyed the market stalls, amusement rides, stage entertainment, food trucks and free children’s activities at this year’s Festival.

Some of the highlights included:

  • The Lost Island Giant Sandpit with its whacky pirate shows, bubble mermaids and water play activities kept youngsters enthralled for hours.
  • The new addition of the Free Kids Fun Hub attracted thousands of families who flocked to enjoy giant games, giant toys, free inflatables in this dedicated free family zone.
  • Ruccis Circus put on an outstanding show with illusion, juggling, acro-balancing and remarkable high wire performances, with many locals daring to take the crate stack challenge, climbing to giddy heights.
  • Saturday evening’s Twilight Program saw the Food Truck Hub, amusements and Canopy Stage entertainment kick on, attracting a buzzing number of locals to enjoy an amazing line-up of live music as the sun went down, with many young people enjoying the big thrill rides.
  • More than 100 local community groups and 20 cultural groups on the global kitchen stage providing the most culturally diverse entertainment at the event to date.
  • Urban Artists Fausto kept the edging arts going in the high energy hub, alongside the ‘escape room’ presented by Council’s Youth Services and WNBL players the Boomers playing shoot-out competitions.
  • The Community Stage and Children’s stage were buzzing with vibrant talent from the amazing Mini Freddie to Knox Factor winners, local bands, schools, dance groups, cultural acts and magic.
  • Council’s new Engagement Hub created a friendly conversational space with our community, and the free cold water and icy-poles helped in the heat!
  • The inclusion of some beautifully crafted arts spaces including the threaded maze ‘Knox Cloud’ and Sense of Self Chill Out space offered a delightful cool escape, as did the Ferntree Gully Library, who’s magic shows, story time and crafts were a real hit with young families.
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