Brimbank Buzz - News and What's On, Tuesday 1 September


• Sunshine lantern Festival

• Branch Out Brimbank - Love a Tree, Win a Prize!

• Father's Day at Leisure Centres

• Adult Learners' Week

• Sunshine Short Film Festival

• Explore and Restore at Tom O'Brien Park

• Exhibition at Sunshine Art Spaces

Sunshine Lantern Festival

Come along to the Sunshine Lantern Festival on Saturday 19 September for a full day of family fun.

The festival offers entertainment, rides, street performers, music, food of many nations, magical Lion and Dragon Dancing, and a Lantern Parade to celebrate the full moon ending with spectacular fireworks.

The free community event is the largest Lantern Festival in Victoria, and will take place in the Sunshine shopping precinct along Hampshire Road on Saturday 19 September, from 10am to 8pm.

This year the bustling Hampshire Road, between Devonshire Road and Hertford Road will be closed to all traffic and will come alive with roving street performers, entertainment, children’s rides, jumping castles, market stalls, street food, face-painting, lantern making, buskers and more. Optimus Prime and Ironman will be visiting along with Toby the T-Rex Dinosaur!

Live Performances and Car Display
A large performance stage and seating area will burst with live entertainment in the middle of Hampshire Road between the Sunshine Marketplace and Sunshine Plaza.

In addition to the family friendly activities that run all day, for the first time the festival will feature a car display by Motor Cars International of Sunshine.

Dragon Dancing and Fireworks
Later in the day a vibrant Lion and Dragon Dance complete with crackers will take place along the Hampshire Road shopfronts, leading a parade of children and their following families. The parade will be filled with light from thousands of battery powered lanterns, hand decorated by children during the day. The parade will end with an exciting display of fireworks.

The Sunshine Lantern Parade is a free cultural community event staged and presented by the Sunshine Business Association and supported by Brimbank City Council.


Branch Out Brimbank - Love a Tree, Win a Prize!

Do you have a favourite tree? Photograph your favourite Brimbank tree and you could win a $100 iTunes gift voucher and a copy of Australia’s Remarkable Trees, by writer Richard Allen and photographer Kimbal Baker.

To enter, submit your photograph via Instagram with the hashtag #BranchOutBrimbank

Photographs will be published in social media, on the Branch Out Brimbank website, and a selection will be displayed in Brimbank Customer Service Centres

Branch Out Brimbank is an initiative to encourage a love of trees across the municipality. Details or tree-related events and activities can be emailed to


Father's Day at Brimbank Leisure Centres

On Father’s Day (Sunday 6 September) there'll be no charge for family swims at Brimbank Leisure Centres. So pack your bathers, a healthy family lunch, and enjoy an active family outing at the pool!

Children can practise their swimming skills and enjoy family water fun. Pools open from 8am on Sundays.


Adult Learners’ Week,  1–8 September

Brimbank Libraries will be all about online learning during Adult Learners’ Week. Come along to Deer Park Library on Tuesday 1 September for the Online Learning Expo or drop in to your local library to find out more about online learning opportunities throughout the week.

The Online Learning Expo has been tailored for adults, seniors and people with English as an additional language. Details at Brimbank Libraries.


Sunshine Short Film Festival

Budding and accomplished film makers get youran original film in this year’s Sunshine Short Film Festival competition for prizes worth up to $5,000.

2015's theme is ‘Superhero’. The films must feature your version of a Superhero – real or imagined -- and run no longer than five minutes

The Sunshine Business Association (SBA) is hoping everyone wil have fun, be creative and tell their ‘Superhero’ story.

Registrations of interest are now being accepted. You have until 30 September to complete your film and submit your entry.

Judging is by popular vote. This year’s categories are:

  • Primary – for those films that feature primary school children in key creative roles in the production (prize $500)
  • Secondary – for films that feature secondary school children in key creative, production roles (three prizes: 3rd place wins $500, 2nd place $1,000 and 1st place gets $2,000)
  • Open – for everybody else (prize $5,000)

Visit Sunshine Film Festival for further information, to register, and view the complete terms and conditions.

Sunshine Short Film Festival 2015 is presented by the Sunshine Business Association and supported by Brimbank City Council, Village Cinemas, Academy of Design Australia, Westpac Bank and Open Channel.


Explore and Restore 

Come and see the birds of prey found around Brimbank with ‘Full Flight’ and help plant wildflowers into the native grasslands.

Saturday 5 September, 10am–12.30pm
Matthews Hill Grassland, Tom O’Brien Park,
1–41 Matthews Street, Sunshine

Contact: 9249 4717 or email


Exhibition at Sunshine Art Spaces

Wool and Water – Shane van den Akker, Wednesday 19 August–Sunday 13 September, 10am-4pm
This exhibition will turn the entire Sunshine Art Spaces gallery into a single large-scale art piece.

Using the techniques of mural painting and trompe l’oeil Shane’s work delves into the world of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, as part of Brimbank City Council’s Writers and Readers Festival program of events.

Sunshine Art Spaces Gallery
2 City Place
9249 4600