Sat 8 April: 12pm-10pm
Sun 9 April: 12pm-7pm
A COMMUNITY CELEBRATES AN ICON REBORN
Pentridge is gearing up for its biggest weekend yet with the forthcoming Pentridge Festival. Held over Saturday and Sunday April 8th and 9th, the event celebrates both the 20th anniversary since Pentridge Prison closed its doors, and its recent revival as a community-oriented adaptive reuse heritage precinct.
With a line up of artists showcasing Melbourne’s best and emerging talent, plus artisan stalls and diverse food offerings from around the world, Pentridge Festival will truly be an event for young and old. From families throwing down a picnic rug on the lawn to friends gathering for a great night out, the Piazza at Pentridge will come alive as the Coburg community celebrates its past, present and future.
YOUR CHANCE TO STEP INTO PENTRIDGE’S PAST [SOLD OUT]
The Festival will also feature a rare chance to explore some of Pentridge’s history, with free tours taking you through its historic former prison buildings, yards and cells.
These 45-minute tours will run every hour both Saturday and Sunday from 12.30pm, with the last tour at 5.30pm.
Groups are limited to 40 people and will let you experience first-hand B Division, the panopticon exercise yards, and the solitary confinement cells. Demand for these free tours will be high, so ensure you book via the form below to avoid disappointment!
ENJOY MELBOURNE’S BEST AND EMERGING ARTISTS
Music lovers will rejoice at the music programme planned for the festival, with the Piazza providing the ideal backdrop for you to bathe in tunes whatever your musical inclinations.
Here’s the full artist’s line-up that will be entertaining the crowds across the weekend:
SATURDAY 8th April
Abe and Ed's musical adventure 1pm-2pm
Isaac and Cisco 4.00pm-5.00pm
Big Words 5.30pm-6.30pm
Cumbia Massive 7pm-8pm
Billy Davis 8.30pm-10pm
SUNDAY 9th April
Josh Batten 12pm-1pm
Trio Peryera 1.30pm-2.30pm
Kieren Lee 3pm-4pm
Arthur Penn and the Funky Ten 6pm-7pm
THE FLAVOURS OF THE WORLD
Tasty offerings across a great range of tastes and cuisines will be available from the food vendors in attendance, including:
• Mr Burger • Two Fat Indians
• Tish Faco • Billy Van Creamy
• Wrap Roll It • Miss Molly’s Cakes
• Beatbox Kitchen • the so-hot-right now pizza masters Zero 95
• Pasta Face • Fancy Hanks
• Saccha • Copa Food Truck
• White Guy Cooks Thai • St Gerry’s
It’s all looking like it’s going to be an extraordinary community event, bigger even than last year’s Latin Festival! It’s also going to be a great taste for the kind of things you can expect to see more of, as Pentridge evolves into a true cultural precinct for Coburg and its surrounding areas.