Odette Mercy headlines the Vancouver Street Festival image

21 April 2017

The City of Albany’s Vancouver Street Festival presented by Act-Belong-Commit returns for a fourth year on Saturday, May 6 with a day full of gourmet food, heritage celebrations, artisan markets and a spectacular line-up of entertainment.

Odette Mercy and her Soul Atomics headlines the program with a set of funk and soul originals. Straight from Fairbridge Festival, this band is renowned for their great horn and rhythm players and the huge sound of their lead vocalist.

The entertainment program also includes the rollicking songs of The Albany Shantymen, the dance beats of David Rastrick’s Electric Swing Thing and the moving sounds of Soulin Wild. Double bass and piano accordion duo Flamacue will be playing and The Second Hand lead a line-up of roaming street artists.

New this year is the Manga Milkbar, a creative space for young people with free WIFI, aerial displays, Japanese inspired craft and space to draw.

Cosplayers are especially welcomed, with the design of the Milkbar inspired by vintage anime.

The annual Vintage Tweed Ride is a highlight again this year. Both vintage and non-vintage cycles are welcome to join the ride that departs the University of WA on Stirling Terrace at 12.20pm. The ride makes its way to the Vancouver Arts Centre where prizes for best dressed riders will be presented. Register at the start line from 11.50am.

Albany’s connection to wool production, fashion and craft is celebrated through an especially commissioned exhibition. Since sheep arrived on the Brig Amity in 1826, wool has been a key part of Albany’s history. Community groups and contemporary artists come together in an immersive experience that includes sound and film.

To compliment this exhibition the Museum of the Great Southern is offering a history walk that takes in historic wool sites. The walk departs the Brig Amity at 2pm and ends at the festival.

Children are well catered for with activities including clay sheep painting, fleece throwing and a vintage dressup photobooth. Festival parking will be available in Foundation Park, Parade Street, Albany.

More information: Vancouver Arts Centre, 6820 3740, facebook.com/AlbanyArts


Image: Odette Mercy and her Soul Atomics