Major Events EOI now open

Monday 02 January 2023

A stage with bright lights shining out over a crowd under a festival tent.
Image: Claptone Day Party at Burnley Circus Site. Courtesy of Velodrome Events.

Expressions of Interest to hold a major event in the City of Yarra from July 2023 to June 2024 are now open.

To manage the demand for spaces in Yarra, we have a major events Expression of Interest (EOI) process. The EOI process focuses on capturing the following types of events and markets:

  • Events requiring closures of major roads
  • Long stay or recurring events (markets and circuses)
  • Events attracting over 1,000 participants and
  • Events incorporating road closures of Yarra Boulevard.

This year we received over 30 applications for Major Events. These events include the returning Reclink Community Cup, LuliePalooza, St Patricks Family Fun Day, the Sri Chinmoy Half-Marathon and Trail Run, The Bloody Long Walk, Victorian Duathlon Series, and the Abbotsford Farmers Market.

In 2022 we have also hosted some exciting new festivals and events such as the Pride – A Road to Pride by Midsumma, Reunion Park by Velodrome Events, Melbourne Christmas Wonderland as well as the Fairfield Amphitheatre, shows Spasta by Finding Figaro and Sonar Sound Music.

Applicants are required to submit a preliminary proposal that includes a description of the proposed activity and site, frequency and relevant experience.

Council has recently endorsed updates to the Events in Public Spaces Policy. The revised policy maintains its focus on the effective management and balance of events in public spaces and now clearly includes a commitment to action on climate change and a circular economy. We encourage applications for this round to have a real focus on sustainability. Please take a look at our revised Events In Public Spaces Policy. February 1 2023 also marks the start of the Single-Use Plastic Ban from the Victorian Government. Prior to submitting an application we encourage organisations to familiarise themselves with resources and further information available at the Victorian Government's plastics website.

Preliminary proposals will be assessed by a panel. These applicants who best meet Council’s criteria will be issued an in-principle agreement and will be asked to submit a detailed proposal for consideration.

Submissions are now open and will close at 11.59pm Tuesday 31 January 2023.

Apply now


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