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MEDIA RELEASE - Host your own Twilight Cinema this summer

24 July 2018

Enjoy a little bit of Hollywood this summer and make those highly required funds to support your not-for-profit group thanks to the Glenelg Shire Council.

Glenelg Shire Council’s tourism and events unit is calling for expressions of interest from shire based organisations and groups to host, in partnership with council, a popular pop-up outdoor cinema event.

Recent twilight events have attracted up to 700 people, including the popular Twilight Gardens celebrations at the Portland Botanic Gardens which included a showcase of local music, food, and wine in a fairy light wonderland.

Mayor Cr Anita Rank said given the successful result it was time to broaden the benefits to other community groups.

She said council has previously partnered with the Great South West Walk committee raising more than $1500 for the organisation.

“Our Twilight Cinema series is always the highlight of the summer events calendar attracting hundreds of people and providing a great showcase of the things which make our shire great,” Cr Rank said.

“This year we are handing back the reigns to our local community. We are calling on not-for profit clubs and organisations, such as sporting groups, parent clubs and service groups, to build a convincing event plan to host a twilight event in partnership with council’s tourism unit.

“These plans could include showcasing local musical and performance groups, a series of markets, an activity, or showcase of local wine and food, to act as a further attraction to lure movie goers to the event.

“Applying is as easy as building an event plan and completing the expression of interest form. Council’s tourism unit will announce successful entries in late Spring.”

As part of hosting a Twilight Cinema event, council’s tourism unit will complete all of the cinema set-up and pack-up, coordinating all of the cinema licensing requirements.

It is of note that the twilight cinema can only operate in darkness, and therefore movies cannot be screened before 9pm during daylight savings.

Cr Rank said it was important that event plans included activities to raise funds prior to the movie, such as selling food, a raffle, auction or games.

“We want to hear from not-for-profit groups from all over our shire – not just our big centres, but all of our outlying communities who have a convincing case to host the big screen this summer,” Cr Rank said.

“Be quick and think big because the boldest and most convincing plans will be those which capture council’s attention first.”

Expressions of interest close 31 August 2018. For further information contact council’s community liaison officer Sharon Bridgewater on 5522 2172 or

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