Belly dancers and Elvis to headline 2017 Doonside Village Festival

DOONIE'S DAY OUT: There will be something for everyone at the Doonside Villag Festival next weekend. Picture: Isabella Lettini

DOONIE'S DAY OUT: There will be something for everyone at the Doonside Villag Festival next weekend. Picture: Isabella Lettini

From opera to Elvis, the rich culture of western Sydney will be on full display at the Doonside Village Festival.

Blacktown mayor and Doonside resident Stephen Bali said the celebration would be a great day out for the whole family.

“As a proud ‘Doonie’ local all my life, I know just how vibrant and passionate this community is,” he said.

“The Doonside Festival is proof of this as we come together to celebrate Doonside’s rich heritage and community spirit.

“I encourage everyone to come together, enjoy the entertainment and celebrate the community spirit that is alive and well in Doonside.”

CULTURE ON DISPLAY: Children from the Bolivian Dance Group are excited to perform at the Doonside Village Festival. Picture: Isabella Lettini

CULTURE ON DISPLAY: Children from the Bolivian Dance Group are excited to perform at the Doonside Village Festival. Picture: Isabella Lettini

Now in its 35th year, the annual festival came close to falling over in 2014 when Blacktown Council considered pulling its funding.

The scope of the event requires disruption to local traffic and public transport, at a cost the council considered prohibitive. A report at the time suggested just 250 people attended the event which set ratepayers back $12,500.

A petition signed by 1200 residents, with the support of Labor councillors including Alan Pendleton and Stephen Bali, helped save the festival.

Doonside resident and Elvis impersonator Glenn Freestone will headline the festivities this year with his tribute to the king.

Absolutely Elvis star Glenn Freestone will be rocking his hometown. Picture: Isabella Lettini

Absolutely Elvis star Glenn Freestone will be rocking his hometown. Picture: Isabella Lettini

Mr Freestone has been a Presley fan since he was a boy, but it wasn’t until he retired seven years ago that he turned his passion into a gig. 

The former trucker now entertains at clubs and events around Sydney.

“Absolutely Elvis is my musical tribute to Elvis and the wonderful legacy he has left behind,” he said.

“I always enjoy entertaining an audience, and I’m really looking forward to performing in front of my home town at the Doonside Festival – it’s always a great family day out.”

Other on-stage entertainment includes belly dancer Nadia Mihova, children from the Bolivian Dance Group, and opera singer Linda Trinidad.

The free festival will feature amusement rides for children, the Arnotts Tiny Teddy mobile oven, and a wildlife display by Featherdale Wildlife Park.

There will also be more than 100 food trucks and stalls selling everything from cup cakes to candles.

The festival will run from 9am to 3pm on Saturday, July 22 at the corner of Cross Street and Hill End Road, opposite Doonside train station.

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