A major new music celebration evolving from the Frankston Music Festival, the Proudly Frankston campaign and the Frankston International Guitar Festival has been announced by the Frankston Music Festival Committee.
The culmination of a three-year push, the new festival will be held within the next two years and will once again place Frankston in the limelight. A report detailing its design, timing and budget will be provided to the Frankston City Council next month.
With the cancellation of so many community and music events due to COVID-19, the committee revealed it was working on securing a future for the Frankston Music Festival. “We are delighted to now announce the new signature experience will incorporate existing community-based events, suggesting key elements of the Frankston Music Festival will be integrated in the design of the new proposal,” the committee said. “We will continue to fully support Frankston City Council in the development of the new festival.”
In 2018 the committee secured the council’s unanimous support for consideration to be given to a new “signature event”, and last September the council endorsed elements of a proposed winter festival to be held featuring a new drawcard event, showcasing existing events and highlighting Frankston’s arts, culture and heritage. The council approved $200,000 in its 2020-21 budget for the event and the five subsequent years.
Last June the council unanimously supported the concept of the new event to be held no later than 2022.
“Frankston will have a showcase festival, which it fully deserves – a major, professionally run event evolved over many years from pioneering community initiatives from the award-winning Frankston International Guitar Festival, the Proudly Frankston campaign and the Frankston Music Festival,” the committee said. “We will continue to legitimately advocate for community stakeholders in discussions with council on the scope of the new signature event. We do not expect to be able to announce any further development until details are released on September 21.”
For more information, go to www.frankstonmusicfestival.org