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MEDIA RELEASE - Light Up Glenelg to spread festive cheer

17 November 2020

The Glenelg Shire is finding innovative ways to help spread the festive cheer this year, launching the very first ‘Light Up Glenelg’ campaign to celebrate busy summer season.

‘Light Up Glenelg’, which refers to the lighting up community spirit, will aim to unify and connect community members through a series of events, both online and physical.

Glenelg Shire Mayor Cr Anita Rank said ‘Light Up Glenelg’ would reinforce the Glenelg Shire’s status as a premier events destination and would kick off with the annual lighting of the Christmas trees in Portland and Casterton.

“With the easing of restrictions continuing across the State, we are looking forward to entering a period of ‘COVID Normal’ in the coming months. However in lieu of our traditional Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve events, we will be hosting several virtual and smaller physical events to celebrate the festive season and light up the community spirit in the Glenelg Shire,” she said.

“This will commence with the annual lighting of the Christmas trees in both Portland and Casterton and followed by live virtual community events for Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.

“Residents across the Shire can celebrate Christmas by tuning into the Glenelg Shire Facebook page on December 11 from 7pm and sitting back and listening to their favourite performers, both national and local.

“The event will be headlined by family favourites The Mik Maks and much-loved Australian folk-rock duo Little Georgia. The event will also feature a huge musical collaboration of local artists, with more than 70 performers from the Glenelg Shire Musical Mates group performing a mixture of covers and classic carols.

“For New Year’s Eve, the focus on supporting and celebrating live local music will continue, with all your favourite local performers set to play for the virtual event streamed live via the Glenelg Shire Facebook page. The event will also feature a live set from Australian indie-folk group The Pierce Brothers, who wowed the crowds at our first Hooked on Portland event in 2018.

“If that wasn’t enough to look forward to, we also have a number of smaller physical events planned for early 2021 which we can’t wait to reveal in the coming weeks.

“Our iconic festive events may have changed this year, but there is still plenty to look forward to for the summer season in the Glenelg Shire.”

For further information on ‘Light Up Glenelg’ and the associated events during the summer season, please visit the Glenelg Shire website.

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