Past Festivals & Events

Coburg Night Markets

In 2013, Strut & Fret collaborated with Performing Arts Moreland and the City of Moreland to produce the hugely successful Coburg Night Market – a vibrant market experience for the whole family to enjoy in the lead up to Christmas of that year.

The Coburg Night Market was established in 2010 and is one of several successful events launched by Queen Victoria Market. Performing Arts Moreland elected to take over operating the Coburg Night Market, commencing from the third season in 2013, which is being supported by the City of Moreland.

Performing Arts Moreland are a locally based organisation committed to Moreland’s community, who will continue to embrace the Coburg Night Market, which is fast becoming an icon in the municipality’s events Calendar.

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Dirk Hartog Voyage of Discovery, Shark Bay 1616

2016 marked 400-year anniversary since Dutch explorer Dirk Hartog made landfall on an island off the coast of Western Australia, today known as Dirk Hartog Island, part of the Shark Bay World Heritage Precinct. The Dutch sea captain inscribed his name and the date of his arrival on a pewter plate and nailed it to a post. This mark of discovery is the earliest known evidence left of a European in Australia.

To commemorate and promote the diverse offering that the region has on offer on the dates of the centenary, Strut & Fret produced a series of events centred around the occasion working with the Shire of Shark Bay and the Shark Bay 2016 Commemoration Advisory Committee including an Outdoor Concert, The  Discovery Hub – outdoor market, exhibition and visitor information space, performances from the Pyrophone Juggernaut, Sail In Parade, Ocean Classic yacht race, Cape Inscription Commemorative Event, and the Golden Age 1616 Masquerade Ball held in the Spiegeltent.

The festival was heralded a huge success by both visitors and residents. With over fourteen events across the five day festival, attendance was high with over 7,500 guests attending multiple events across the period.

Brunswick Music Festival

Brunswick Music Festival has been held annually in March since 1989 and is one of Victoria’s premier music festivals and a major multicultural event for Australia. The Festival program showcases ethnic, indigenous, acoustic and traditional music, featuring local musicians, alongside interstate and international guests celebrating the best in acoustic, folk & roots music.

Strut & Fret took over the responsibility to deliver the festival from 2013 – 2016 with presenting partner Performing Arts Moreland, after the original festival director and founder John McAuslan announced his intention to retire.

Between 50,000 – 60,000 people attended the diverse range of events that made up the Brunswick Music Festival. The festival includes the Sydney Road Street Party (with a road closure spanning from Union St. to Victoria St.) which kicks off the two week festival.



This festival presents an engaging, curated program of ticketed performances, events, workshops and concerts that celebrate FOLK, ROOTS AND WORLD MUSIC. The program includes local, national and international artists.



The Sydney Road Street Party was launched in 1994, and is a one-day street festival along Sydney Road free for the community. With the trams at a standstill, the street becomes alive with market stalls, outdoor performance stages, art installations, street theatre and food vendors. The party is one of Melbourne’s biggest multicultural gatherings, it’s a genuine all-ages day, celebrating the vibrant neighbourhood of Brunswick.


“Thanks so much for everything.  Great to hear that the Festival was a success!  We had a brilliant time.”
– Djuki Mala (BMF Performers)

“A great event, safe, well organised and brilliant programming and performers. Lots of happy patrons. I only wish there was more time to see more of the amazing acts on the street. Congrats to all the Strut & Fret and Council staff involved in the huge endeavour that is SRSP!”
– Will Cougan (Moreland City Council)

“Big thankyou for having Swing Patrol at the Sydney Rd Street Party today.  We had such a wonderful time, with a big joyful crowd jumping in to take our lesson and enjoy a taste of swing dancing.”
– Shob and Andy (SRSP Performers)

“Well done on putting on another amazing festival! It was great to see such a diverse range of performers that were suitable for individuals of all ages and backgrounds.”
– Bindaas Bollywood Dancers (SRSP Performers)

“Deepest thanks for including Ajak Kwai in the BMF, you and the team were amazingly supportive and we loved being part of this, we look forward to working with you in the future.”
– Ajak Kwai (BMF Performer)

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    The Brunswick Music Festival is proudly presented by Performing Arts Moreland with the continued support of principal public partner Moreland City Council.

The Newman Outback Fusion Festival

In September of 2013 and 2014, Newman’s town centre came to life as Strut & Fret presented the Outback Fusion Festival – a 4 day celebration of the towns vibrant multiculturalism and diverse community.

Presented by BHP Billiton Iron Ore and The Shire of East Pilbara

The dynamic and lively program featured a live music program headlined by Vika & Linda Bull (Black Sorrows), outdoor street theatre, an international food market, the Black Tie & Hi-Vis Special Social Event, and the world’s largest multi-octave fire organ – The Pyrophone Juggernaut shooting flames 15m into the air!

The purpose of the event is to promote and showcase how an isolated community such as the Pilbara can successfully engage its unique mix of residents, including its indigenous community, ethnic communities, families, FIFO’s and the 37 varying cultures. The community is engaged to participate and contribute, in the Festival, reinforcing the unique characteristics of the township of Newman. It is also to encourage visitors to the area and offer the local community a unique and fun cultural experience.


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    The Outback Fusion Festival is proudly presnted BHP Billiton Iron Ore with the support of The Shire of East Pilbara.

Melbourne Festival Hub

  • Premiere Date

    October 2012

In 2012, Strut & Fret were commissioned to create a central festival destination that extended the artistic and cultural experience for new and existing audiences.  The company created a custom built three-story Hub under Princes Bridge on the banks of the Yarra River.

The space featured an intimate theatre space, with multi levelled viewing, a rooftop terrace overlooking the Melbourne skyline and Alexander gardens, and an intimate under-tunnel bar.

The company worked in partnership with Jason Jones, chef and co-founder of Mamasita eatery to create an outdoor wood fired kitchen Epulo serving food from its sumptuous menu all day. Open from 7am till between 1 and 3am for the entire duration of the festival the Hub featured a packed program of entertainment with both free and ticketed shows by national and international artists, including Boy George, Antony Hamilton, Paul Capsis and many more.

Valley Fiesta

In 2010 and 2011, Strut & Fret were the producers of Brisbane’s largest outdoor festival, in Fortitude Valley. Over two days 80,000 people attended a diverse program of fashion events, outdoor street music stages with high profile and emerging bands, dining events, street markets and retailer window exhibitions. Strut & Fret were responsible for the entire delivery of the event including marketing, sponsorship and production.

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The Carnival’s Edge

Strut & Fret conceived and delivered a brand new festival precinct for the 2009 Brisbane Festival. Providing complete creative and logistical management of this outdoor precinct, the company delivered a site containing multiple performance venues, outdoor bars, food vendors, as well as 20 artistic productions. Attracting over 85,000 ticket holders and many more passersby, this new venture was a major success.

Tastes of the Gold Coast

Strut & Fret delivered a 16 day program for Tastes of the Gold Coast food and wine festival in 2010 and 2011. The Festival boasted 25 events showcasing regional produce and quintessential Gold Coast experiences. Strut & Fret managed the creative production and event management of the festival which included signature events, cocktail parties, degustation dinners, cooking demonstrations, kids cooking workshops, tasting menus and community events.

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Summer Fun in the City and Sunset Concert Series

Between 2008 and 2013, Strut and fret were responsible for the artistic and logistical coordination of a series of events centred in and around the CBD of Melbourne for a combined audience of well over 250,000 people.  Responsibilities included the creation of an entertainment program for a broad demographic, coordination and implementation of entertainment into public spaces, production requirements, waste management, risk and safety management. Previous sites included an outdoor aerial trapeze rig, a giant sand sculpture and concerts in the parks.

The Streets of Melbourne

For three mind-blowing, side-splitting days in January 2009, the streets and laneways of Melbourne’s inner city came alive with a vibrant program of street arts, including performers and artists from around the corner and across the globe. This inaugural free outdoor entertainment festival was conceived and managed by Strut & Fret.

In its inaugural year, The Streets of Melbourne attracted audiences of over 85,000 people, had 90 program listings and was supported by numerous event partners. 3 new performances were commissioned and over 50 Melbourne, 10 international and 20 international artists were involved in the program.

The Streets of Melbourne is about engaging Melbournians in their own space, developing the profile of street arts and theatre, and taking performance outside, making accessible to the public.

Strut & Fret drew inspiration for the event from attending large European outdoor festivals and seeing their success in creating a unique atmosphere in their cities and stimulating arts developments in their local regions.


Ignite @ Docklands

In 2008 & 2009, Strut & Fret produced the IGNITE @ Docklands event for the City of Melbourne.  A 10 day festival in the Docklands Precinct that involved a series of events and installations, including the 10m high pyro-organ, The Pyrophone Juggernaut.

Adelaide Fringe Parade

  • Premiere Date

    27th February 2009

In 2009, Strut & Fret produced the Opening Night Fringe Parade at the Adelaide Fringe Festival, commissioning floats, coordinating community builds and accessing over 2500 participants. Audience numbers were in excess of 80,000 and 2km of road closures were in place.

Mad Hatter’s Tea Party – Easter at Southgate

The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party was a unique event hosted by Southgate during the Easter holidays.  A stage was set-up up on the central promenade in front of Southgate’s main entrance which also doubled as a ‘dining table’ for 60 children. The 30 minute event incorporated craft activities and live performances from the Mad Hatter, White Rabbit, and the Red Queen with families and friends gathering around the white picket fence to watch along as the performance unfolded!

From 11:30am daily additional activities were also hosted throughout Southgate including: face-painting, story telling and ‘Mad Hatter’ offers from Southgate tenants. Children were encouraged to come dressed up for the occasion.

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