Riverway to come alive for the Glendi Festival

Date published: 8 October 2018

One of Townsville’s most popular free cultural festivals – the Glendi Festival – is back at Riverway this weekend to showcase everything Mediterranean.

Townsville City Council has been a proud sponsor of the festival for almost 20 years, providing over $80,000 towards running costs and venue hire this year.

The Festival, which runs this weekend (13-14 October), will feature a line-up of attractions including Mediterranean food and dance, plate smashing, grape stomping, soccer, fireworks and Nickelodeon’s Paw Patrol.

Townsville Acting Mayor Les Walker said sponsoring local events is a great way to build community spirit and create jobs.

“These events encourage residents to enjoy the weekend at some of our fantastic venues and with no cost for entry or entertainment, it really is very family friendly,” Cr Walker said.

“Events like the Glendi Festival provide a significant boost for Townsville’s economy by bringing people to the area and creating jobs through the events industry.

“Council is happy to help organisations deliver arts and culture throughout the city – it benefits everyone.”

Community and Cultural Development Committee Chair Cr Colleen Doyle said the Glendi Festival is a Townsville favourite and has been since its inception in 1999.

“Tens of thousands of people visited the Glendi Festival in previous years, which is fantastic for both the organisers and local businesses,” Cr Doyle said.

“It’s wonderful that through the support of the community, the Glendi Festival is able to deliver a fun, cultural experience for everyone to enjoy.

“Townsville is such a diverse city and it’s wonderful to have that celebrated through food and performance.”

Local Councillor Verena Coombe said having large events outside the CBD is great for locals looking for a nice day out.

“Riverway is going to come alive with people, culture, food, and dance while the Glendi Festival is on,” Cr Coombe said.

“It is so important that Council continues to provide support to both established and new local events.

“It’s always lovely to see the area busy and full of people enjoying a weekend of free entertainment.”