The laneways off Fitzmaurice Street have long been a stumbling ground for residents on their way home from a night out or shortcut for motorists through the northern end of the main street.
Many of us have passed through there but very few have taken notice – until now.
Wagga City Council should be commended for the festival, which was a success on all accounts.
Food vendors, live music, public art and stall holders transformed the laneways into a cultural hub visited by residents on Saturday night.
Walls were adorned with the murals and artwork of local and visiting artists, transforming the once dreary cement into something worth turning off the main street to look at.
Live music filled the air, as did the aroma of a variety of food cooked from the back of trucks or vans.
It created a place for Wagga residents to gather in weather we usually wouldn’t venture out in at night.
Local bands were encouraged to showcase their music and local food vendors fed the hungry masses.
This got us thinking – where else in Wagga could benefit from this type of treatment?
There are surely plenty of other locations in Wagga that residents frequently pass by but never think to stop at.
How great would it be if we could give them a reason to?
Imagine if some of those alleyways and reserves actually became home to artwork and a regular festival.
It could address some of the problems brought back to the surface in recent times about the safety of those laneways and alleyways at night, especially for women.
If there was a regular festival, or they were seen to be a safe space, perhaps there would be less reason to fear our streets.
And residents working together to organise an event, collaborate on music or artwork and create tasty dishes for the masses, that’s what our community should be about – propping each other up, mingling with each other.
Should we try and pump live music from the top of Willans Hill or are there alleys and laneways in the suburban streets around your home that are calling for local large-scale artworks?
Where in Wagga would you like to see transformed with art or live music?