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Bassendean Festival 2019

The Bassendean Festival of Local Business celebrates our local businesses, promotes entrepreneurship and encourages investment.

This year, our festival will be bigger than ever! Consisting of nine events in eight locations, spread over six days, we’re exploring all that Bassendean has to offer in hospitality, industry and professional services. 

Please find below the full program. Join us for talks, tours, exhibitions and a scavenger hunt to celebrate Bassendean’s vibrant business community.

02 Cafe & Bar, Old Perth Road

6.00pm-8.30pm | Networking Event

We will launch the 2019 Festival in this wonderful setting.

Mayor Renee McLennan will officially open the event and our MC for the evening will be Ron Bradfield Jnr, of Yarns R Us.

This evening we open a Portrait Exhibition by local photographer, Holly Twine featuring the images of many local business operators.  There is a story in every business and we'll get to hear many of them tonight.

This is an informal and enjoyable networking evening to introduce and display the energetic, clever and talented folks of Bassendean.

First glass of wine or beer/ soft drink included and finger food during the event.

Photographer Holly Twine
Facilitator Ron Bradfield Jr
Music Acoustic set by local musicians Colleen and Paul Williams - Duo de la Pace on piano and cello.

Cost $10.00 pp

Nail Brewing, Collier Road

1.00pm-4.00pm | Factory Tour

Nail Brewing will open its doors to show how its iconic beers are crafted in Bassendean.

Local operators, entrepreneurs and beer lovers will receive a tour through their operation and will meet the proprietor John Stallwood.  They will hear of the significant personal and commercial hurdles Nail Brewing has faced and overcome. All while sampling three brews from Nail Brewing.

Two groups of 15 persons will have a 1.5hour tour of the facility. Tour One departs at 1.00pm. Tour Two departs at 2.30pm

On returning to the Bassendean Hotel you will be offered a complimentary Nail beer.

Host John Stallwood, Director and Chief Brewer

Cost $10.00

Bassendean Hotel

6.00pm-8.30pm  | Networking Event

This is a very special opportunity to win a serious business support prize.

We have secured around $20,000 worth of prizes to help saleable and marketable ideas become a reality.    Three great business minds including Simon Loader, Chief Executive, AXITO will adjudicate the submissions.  If you impress the judges be ready to revise, reorganise and hang on!  Your next step in business could be massive.

All shortlisted submissions will receive mentoring on how to make a great pitch.  This alone will build your confidence and open doors in the commercial world.

Held in the back room of the Bassendean Hotel, we're going to have an energetic and enthusiastic evening.

Full details on prizes, how to enter and cut off dates can be down loaded here

Facilitator Patrick Eijkenboom

Cost Free

Catalano's Seafood, Collier Road

11.00am-12.30pm | Factory Tour

Catalano's is an institution for many across Bassendean.  Long established, this family business has grown and expanded into the retailer sector. 

Meet the proprietors David, Nick and Mark and hear how they reorganised and reorientated their business into the power house it is today.  We will view their operations in full swing where seafood is received and prepared for sale. We will learn about their capacity for Innovation and reinvention in a rapidly changing and highly regulated and competitive industry.

There will be samples cooked during the presentation and opportunity to purchase some products.

Hosts David, Mark and Nick Catalano

Cost Free

Hofmann Engineering, Alice Street

1.00pm-3.00pm | Factory Tour

In this their 50th year since first starting the business in their backyard, Hofmann Engineering has endured against the odds and grown.  

This tour of the factory floor will reveal the staggering scale of its products. 

Its success is the result of many things, including diversification, competitiveness, but most of all the delivery of the highest standard of precision engineering in the world.  

The tour will be followed by interactive discussion with Hofmann family members and complimentary afternoon tea.

Host Erich Hofmann, Chief Executive Officer

Cost Free

Bassendean Ideas Hub, Old Perth Road

6.45pm-8.45pm | Discussion Panel. 

The depth of artistic talent in Bassendean rivals Fremantle and here we get to meet and listen to some of our greatest. 

Each of these artists are succeeding in getting their art to the public.  Against various challenges, their work is welcomed and sold locally and around the world.

Join come along and pick their brains about how they keep evolving and true to their art.

Facilitator Amanda Kerr
Panel Members
Richard Wainwright, NGO Photographer and Filmmaker
Peta Renzullo, legally blind Filmmaker and Musician
Nami Osali, Children's Creative
Paul Caporn, Sculpturist and large scale Muralist

Cost Free

Old Perth Road 'Local Business Scavenger Hunt Tour'

10.00am-1.00pm | Family Event

Taking selfies with proprietors and following cryptic clues, this is a treasure hunt along Old Perth Road, for families and couples to follow. 

Register below and bring your friends and family to discover interesting and unique artifacts about our local businesses and be in the running to win prizes. 

Participating Businesses include Holly Raye's Cafe, 02 Cafe, The Wellness Place, 8 Napkins Burger, It Takes a Village, Spotted, To The Woods, Bassendean Medical Centre and many more.

Facilitators Daniel Amato, Kim Veale
Judging Venue Town of Bassendean Ideas Hub, Old Perth Road
Prizes Combined vouchers donated by participating businesses

Cost Free

Upstairs, Dome Cafe Bassendean

10.00am-12.30pm | Discussion Panel

Grab a complimentary coffee and settle down for a wonderful inspirational Sunday morning.

This will be a feast of wisdom from some founders, organisers, lateral thinkers and dreamers.  All of them local businesses and each one filled with passion. 

With a focus on ‘sustainability, each have created a business that balances profit with purpose. Their all making a difference to the planet. 

Facilitator Gabriel Fillippi
Panel Members Amanda Welshbillig & Jeannie Richardson, Wasteless Pantry
Petra Richardson, Spotted
Reija Hurry & Katie Matthews, Packed Lunchbox
Jane Genovese, Learning Fundamentals

Cost Free

Cork & Bottle Small Bar, Old Perth Road

3.00pm-6.00pm | Networking Evening

Bassendean is a dynamic commercial enclave of Perth with a special combination of community, collaboration and creativity. The local businesses display astute risk taking, great commitment and agility. 

This is a final get together to offer our appreciation and congratulations to the many businesses that have participated in the festival.

It will be a final opportunity to view the photography exhibition.

Facilitator William Barry
Music  Local Jazz Musicians

Cost Free