Ventana Fiesta 2018

Ventana is a celebration of the Latin American, Spanish and Portuguese cultures, with events and exhibitions in Frankston during February and March.

Ventana Street Fiesta

Join the party. Immerse yourself in the festival flavours.

  • Saturday 10 March from 12pm to 8pm 
    Wells Street Plaza

Immerse yourself in Latin American, Portuguese and Spanish cultures throughout the day with delicious BBQs, street food, music, dance performances and workshops for the entire family to enjoy, while roaming the unique craft stalls. Make sure you visit all the quarters (barrios) - Central America, Spain, Brazil, Andes, Chile and more.


Something for everyone!

  • Carnival Parade at 12pm
  • Unique market stall
  • Delicious street food
  • Vibrant music and dance performances
  • Sports
  • Street art
  • Interactive workshops 

Don’t miss this free unique cultural event for the entire family!

Don’t forget to bring your drink bottle (let's practice sustainability!), dancing shoes and soccer gear.

Ventana Opening

  • Friday 23 February at 7pm
    Frankston Arts Centre Foyer and Cube 37
    27-37 Davey Street
    RSVP to 03 9784 1060

Enjoy cultural music, visual arts and dance celebrating Women in the Arts.

Meet international and local artists and newly awarded filmmaker for El Niño

Add to the large white dress visual art piece and contribute your own miniature to it.

Be the first to witness an original art installation and performance which is the result of local artists and international artists working together here in Frankston to explore the theme of the White dress as a rite of passage.

The Mexican Day of the Dead Doll, Catrinas will be on display - look out for the one that comes to life and wanders amongst the guests.

Ventana Arte Exhibitions

  • Friday 23 February to Friday 30 March
    Frankston Arts Centre Foyer and Cube 37
    27-37 Davey Street

A range of exhibitions dedicated to Women in the Arts featuring work from local and international artists

Pure Power

  • Adrienne Wheeler | White Dress | Curved Wall
  • Negin Sharifzadeh | Inspector Sorrow | Cube Gallery
  • Cristina Caronni | Utopy = no place, other ways of living | Cube Gallery
  • Mariana Pulgini | Shell | FAC Foyer and Art After Dark
  • Valeria Benavidez | Art Düwen | Cube Gallery & Glass Cabinet
  • Jenny Alejandra Diaz | My Skin | Mezzanine
  • Claudia Gordillo, Ena Gordillo Castellón, Berenice Della Porta Gordillo, Arianna Della Porta | Ixchel | Atrium and Peninsula Room
  • Lizette Guadalupe Vieyra Soto | Catrinas | Glass Cabinets
  • Constanza Medina | Emotions | Glass Cabinets
  • Nikita Dunovits- Ferrier | Filmmaker for El Niño | Opening Event
  • Kathleen Gonzalez | Beliefs ritualistic dance | Opening Event
  • Zulma Cuadros | Beliefs experimental sounds | Opening Event

Ventana Carnival Workshops

  • Parade Workshops
    Wednesdays in February 'til 7 March from 6.30pm to 8.30pm at Cube 37
    Makem costumes and props, learn songs and dances.
    Bookings: 9784 1060
  • Pure Power Creative
    Join New York based artists Adrienne Wheeler and Negin Sharifzadeh to create mobile sculptures depicting the rite of passage from girlhood to womanhood using paper and collage techniques.
    Saturday 24 February from 11am to 1pm at Cube 37
    Bookings: 9784 1060
  • Quick and Quirky
    A creative session which includes drama and quick and quirky costume-making with the option of joining in the Ventana Carnival parade.
    Tuesday 27 February from 10.30am to 12.30pm
    Tuesday 6 March from 10.30am to 1.30pm
    followed by a celebratory paella lunch
    Frankston North Community Centre in partnership with Positively Ageing
    Bookings: 9784 1046 or
  • Murga Workshops
    Join the carnival parade at Ventana Street Fiesta 2018! Learn the dances, songs, acting and craft and make your own costumes and props.
    Wednesdays in February and March from 6.30pm-8.30pm at Cube 37
    Bookings required 03 9784 1060

  • Preschool Bilingual Storytelling
    Frankston Libraries
    Tuesday 6 March at 9.30am:
     Italian - English
    Seaford Library
    Wednesday 7 March at 11.30am: Portuguese - English
    Carrum Downs Library
    Thursday 8 March at 10.30am: Spanish - English
    Frankston Library

Ventana Música

  • Songmakers Australia and La Academia de Tango Club Anthology of Tango Cancelled
    Saturday 3 March at 8pm
  • The Bridge (Teatro Latino) Theatre Company
    Women on the Verge
    Sunday 18 March at 7pm at Cube 37
    An adaptation of Dario Fo (Nobel Prize Winning Playwright), a political play written in the 1970s. Be moved and inspired by four confronting monologues that highlight women’s rights and equality.
    Presented to acknowledge International Women’s Day.
    Warning: Strong adult themes and coarse language. Recommended for ages 18+.
    Tickets: Frankston Arts Centre Member $18, Adult $25, Concession $20
    Bookings: or 9784 1060
  • Workshop: Women on the Verge
    Sunday 18 March at 5pm at Cube 37
    A facilitated discussion about WOTV characters, participants are invited to add notes to a life size sculpture. The Woman in the White Dress sculpture will be on display during Ventana as a testament to the power of art to help overcome adversity.
    Free with a WOTV performance ticket, bookings required.
  • The Johnston Brothers Classical Latin Grooves
    Friday 23 March at 8pm at Cube 37

    The internationally award winning duo, Ziggy and Miles Johnston, present Classical Latin Grooves, featuring Argentinian tangos, and Cuban and Brazilian music.
    Tickets: Member $18, Adult $25, Concession $20
    Bookings: or 9784 1060

Free Sunday Concerts at Frankston Library

  • Trilogy of South American Women by Kathy Aguirre
    Sunday 11 March 1.30pm to 2.30pm
  • Homage to Brazilian Chiquinha Gonzaga

    Sunday 18 March 1.30 to 2.30pm

  • Colombian Women by Iaki Vallejo
    Sunday 25 March 1.30pm to 2.30pm    

Ventana Film Festival

Thursday 22 March at 6.30pm at Cube 37
No bookings required

A marathon of documentaries showcasing iconic Brazilian artist Chiquinha Gonzaga, Spanish Flamenco dancer Sara Baras and Argentinian Tango dancer María Nieves Rego.

  • Presented by Luciana Fraguas Arantes, Life and work of Chiquinha Gonzaga, Brazil (year), 49 minutes, directed by Guilherme Fontes for TV Paraiso do Choro
  • Un Tango Más (Our Last Tango), Argentina 2015, 85 minutes, directed by German Kral
  • Sara Baras, Todas las Voces (All Her Voices), Spain 2017, 91 minutes, directed by José Andreu and Rafael Moles

All movies have English subtitles and are PG rated.

Accessible Event

Ventana Fiesta 2018 is an accessible event and features:

  • Accessible unisex toilet
  • Pram and wheelchair accessible pathways
  • Accessible parking, closest to the main entry of the event and around the city centre, please view the Frankston City Centre Car Parking Map
  • Accessible by Public Transport

Public Transport

Catch Frankston line train to Frankston Station. The event site is 500 metres walk from Frankston Station.

Visit the Public Transport Victoria website to plan your journey.

Road Closures 

Ventana Street Fiesta on Saturday 10 March

  • Wells Street
    Closed between Thompson Street and Park Lane from 5:30am on Saturday 10 March to 12am on Sunday 11 March 2018

Carnival Parade on Saturday 10 March

  • Station Street, Station Street Mall, Gallery Lane and Stiebel Place
    Closed from 12pm to 12.30pm
  • Shannon Street Mall
    Closed from 12pm to 12.45pm
  • Well Street
    Closed between Park Lane and Young Street from 12pm to 12.30pm

We apologise for any inconvenience and trust you will support this major annual community event.


Contact Us

Frankston City Council
30 Davey Street
Frankston 3199
P. 1300 322 322

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