Hume to help groups share culture at festival

Community groups are encouraged to apply for a grant which can help them to share their culture at the Broadmeadows Street Festival.

This major event will take place on Sunday 3 April 2016 between 3pm and 8pm, along Tanderrum Way and at Broadmeadows Town Park.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Helen Patsikatheodorou, said she was keen for local people to get involved in the festival.

“We have so many very talented residents in Hume, and Council wants to hear from local groups that can showcase their heritage,” Cr Patsikatheodorou said.

“Members of organisations are invited to perform on stage through song, dance, theatrics or poetry.

“They may also demonstrate cooking, handicrafts or even costumes, so festival-goers can experience the colour and vibrancy of another culture.

“Groups are welcome to display a short film or even a photographic exhibition, because these presentations can be a terrific way to glimpse a person’s heritage.”

Hume City Council has allocated $25,000 to help community groups to prepare their performance or exhibit, and each organisation can apply for a grant of up to $2,500.

Not-for-profit entities can express their interest via a form, located here.

Cr Patsikatheodorou said the Broadmeadows Street Festival would offer something for everyone.

“The focus of this special event is on culture, and families will be able to watch performances and eat food that they might not normally be able to experience,” she said.

“It will be a fun way to learn more about the different cultures of the world, and I call on residents from across Hume to make a note of Sunday 3 April in their calendar.”

Hume is one of the most diverse communities in Australia, with residents from more than 166 different countries.

A total of two in every five Hume residents can speak a language other than English.

Cr Patsikatheodorou said she was proud to lead a very harmonious community.

“People have come to Hume from across the globe to make a new life for themselves,” she said.

“Some of our residents share their heritage amongst friends and family members, and the Broadmeadows Street Festival will help people to impart their culture to so many others.

“The festival will be a wonderful means for people to get to know others in their local neighbourhood, and enjoy a terrific day in the heart of Broadmeadows.”

Local groups which would like to perform or exhibit at the festival should submit an expression of interest to Hume City Council by Friday 29 January 2016.

For further information, call 03 9205 2200 or visit here.

Posted on 12:00 AM, 14 January 2016

Updated : 11:04 AM, 18 January 2016

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