Grants to help locals shine at Broadmeadows Street Festival

Local community groups will be able to share their culture at the Broadmeadows Street Festival, thanks to more than $21,000 in community grants presented by Hume City Council this week.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Drew Jessop, said the grants would allow 16 not-for-profit groups to showcase entertainment such as traditional dances, singing and cooking demonstrations at the festival on 9 April.

"Hume is home to some fabulous entertainers and we’re exceptionally proud to be able to support them through this grants program,” Cr Jessop said.

“As a result of the grants, the festival will showcase everything from Vietnamese lantern making, through to Indian dance performances and cultural cooking demonstrations.

“It will be a colourful event presenting the very best of Broadmeadows and entertainment from all corners of the world!”

As part of the festival, the Chaldean League of Victoria will present traditional folk dancing, and Art Enrichment will run free performance workshops for young attendees interested in theatre.

A local Hmong community group will showcase photos and crafts, as well as take to the stage to dance in stunning traditional costume, while the Assyrian Assembly of God Church will have interactive traditional Assyrian cooking demonstrations.

Other local organisations to take part in the Broadmeadows Street Festival include:

  • All Saints, who will have a multicultural food stall and performance
  • Clan Analogue, expected to offer local artists a chance to enjoy electronic music jam sessions;
  • Elusive Arts, who will display contemporary and ancient art
  • Foundling Archive, who will have an oral historic exhibition, featuring recorded interviews that will form part of the presentation
  • Greek and Cypriot Social Welfare Centre, who will present a traditional Greek performance
  • The Gurukul Inc., who will bring traditional Indian dance and singing performances
  • Kerala Hindu Society, who will have over 30 participants performing Kerala, an Indian style of dance
  • Melbourne Solidarity Inc. who will perform and educate audiences about traditional instruments
  • Okyanusya Theatre and Cultural Activities Group, which will use traditional instruments to deliver Turkish and English songs
  • Pacmania, expected to showcase Sufi traditions via percussion and guitar instruments
  • The Vietnamese Language Centre, bringing lantern making workshops for children who will be able to present their creations in a parade on the day; and
  • Northern Turkish Family Associated, will present traditional music, cooking and an exhibition.

Cr Jessop called on Hume residents and their families and friends to join in the fun at the Broadmeadows Street Festival.

“The Broadmeadows Street Festival will feature food trucks, free entertainment and will conclude with a fireworks spectacular,” Cr Jessop said.

“We hope the entire community will come out and enjoy a wonderful day full of delicious food and free entertainment,” Cr Jessop said.

The major event will take place on Sunday 9 April 2017 between 1pm and 7pm, along Tanderrum Way. For more information about the event, click here.

Posted on 10:00 AM, 1 March 2017

Updated : 2:08 PM, 1 March 2017

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