Celebrate your commUNITY this March

The date has been set and the activities and entertainment booked! The Kensington CommUNITY Festival is back for its eighth year on 29 March 2015.

The much anticipated community festival, organised by Urban Communities and supported by City of Melbourne and the Victorian Multicultural Commission, is a celebration of multiculturalism and community in the diverse hub of Kensington.

Urban Communities Community Engagement Manager Deb Wilson said the event sees more than 2000 people flock to the area – and they’re expecting even more in 2015.

“Kensington is a wonderful pocket of inner-Melbourne, with such a diverse community of people.  This festival is about celebrating this,” Ms Wilson said.

2015 will also see the Kensington CommUNITY Festival partner with the AFL’s Unity Cup for the second time.  The Unity Cup celebrates diversity through sport and will run alongside the festival at JJ Holland Park. The youth competition is a partnership with the AFL’s Multicultural program, Essendon, Melbourne, Western Bulldogs, North Melbourne and Hawthorn football clubs and the Australian Federal Police.  It features an Aussie rules touch nine version play off amongst local culturally diverse youth teams.

“We’re very proud to once again be teaming up with the Unity Cup,” Ms Wilson said.

“This event, which has also been running for eight years, holds huge significance in the way multiculturalism is celebrated in the AFL – it’s only fitting that the Kensington CommUNITY Festival run alongside it.”

But the Kensington CommUNITY Festival isn’t just for sports fans, it’s a big day of family friendly and free activities with a jumping castle, face-painting, food, an animal farm, skate clinics, henna, live music, bush tucker, the inaugural Kensington Tour De Roubaix and much, much more.

The Kensington CommUNITY Festival will be held on 29 March 2015 at JJ Holland Park precinct inclusive of the Bill Vanina Pavilion, Kensington Community Recreation Centre and The Kensington Adventure Playground (The Venny).

Urban Communities would like to thank all major sponsors and local businesses for their ongoing support, especially the City of Melbourne, the Victorian Multicultural Commission and Cultural Diversity Week.