Lamkin Lane in Caloundra came alive with a mini street festival for all ages. Maribelle Vitale. Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily
Lamkin Lane in Caloundra came alive with a mini street festival for all ages. Maribelle Vitale. Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily john mccutcheon

Caloundra laneway lights up for mini street festival

A LANEWAY in Caloundra was transformed into a mini street festival for Lamkin Lane Live last night.

An artistic, rustic and colourful space, the festival created a chilled-out, family-friendly atmosphere and drew hundreds of locals from young families to men and women in their 70s.

The fourth monthly event since it kicked off in December last year, Lamkin Lane Live utilised the large courtyard behind fashion and homewares shop Villa Verde Living to host live music, a pop-up bar, cosy seating areas and play spaces for kids.

It was unlike other entertainment options in Caloundra, said Maleny resident Lisa Price, who added she was surprised to see so many people at the fledgling event.

"I expected there to be maybe 20 people - I'm just amazed by how many are here," she said.

The community development worker said there were few entertainment options where it was safe and fun for children, while being "great for adults".

"I'm very happy to come down the hill for it," she said.

Dicky Beach resident Jack Hagan said he felt he was part of "something quite special" at Lamkin Lane Live.

The laneway revitalisation initiative is part of a new $3.2 million development at the site, known as the Paisley Park Project.

A microbrewery, vertical gardens, pop-up shops and a rooftop cinema space envisaged for a film festival are just a few of the drawcards of the future mixed-use development, which received the green light from Sunshine Coast Council last year.

"We're here to support it, because if we don't support it, it won't grow," Jack said.

His friend Joanne Newson said she had followed the Paisley Park Project vision for the site since Villa Verde opened at the Ormuz Ave side of the block last year.

"It's just awesome, what they're trying to achieve," Joanne said.

Moffat Beach resident Tomas Passeggi was helping organisers of the community-run event to conduct a survey of those enjoying it.

He said the results would be used to explore how it could grow into the future, and to support funding applications.

"As a local I think it's a great event," he said.

"It's not a pub, it's not a night club.

"The fact that it's happening here regularly is great because I know I can rock up and there will be something good."

He said it was rare that so many people of all ages would enjoy the one event.

"You can see there are people over 70 here," he said.

Mandy Burns was enjoying relaxing with friends while her son played under his dad's watch.

"I like that kids have to be resourceful - there's no activities, they're out there entertaining themselves," she said.


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