Kensington’s Diverse Community Celebrates Festival-style

Kensington’s diverse community will celebrate Festival-style on Sunday March 20 as part of Cultural Diversity Week.

Kensington has a long history of cultural diversity which is showcased at this annual signature neighbourhood event. The Festival offers a huge fun filled day of live world music, kids activities, come and try workshops, community stalls and food from all corners of the globe.

The React Property Maintenance Community Grand Stand (the main stage) will feature songs from the successful Empty Chair community theatre production featuring the Kensington Chinese Friendship choir, master African musicians from the Ray Pereira School of Percussion, the Kensington Ukes and Kultura Kosmica, an Afro beat, reggae and soul funk band with members from East Timor, Philippines, Indonesia and South America. The Monica Weightman Band features lead guitarist/singer/songwriter Monica who is of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and European descent, Evardo Iguano is a roving Italian accordion artiste and Cariño Son, a six piece Melbourne-based Latin band featuring renowned Melbourne musician Kaz Dalla Rosa.

The come and try Tormax Tasters Tent will have a variety of different fun workshops including Tai Chi, African drumming, Steel Pan drumming and Salsa dancing.

There is no need to go hungry while you are wandering around enjoying the performances and interactive activities. Try African coffee and Somali tea or enjoy a barbecue featuring halal and kosher options, the global food trucks and gelato from an Italian-style gelato bike vendor.

And the list goes on. Community stalls and activities include a halal treasure hunt and henna hand painting. The AFL Multicultural Ambassadors will be at the Festival as with over 20 male and female AFL9s touch football teams from culturally diverse communities all vying for the coveted Unity Cup. The Cup celebrates cultural diversity through sport and is co-hosted by the Australian Federal Police and the AFL Multicultural Program.

The Kensington CommUNITY Festival is organised by Urban Communities and a whole host of local partners. “We are excited once again to be celebrating Kensington’s wonderful diverse community. Each year the Festival gets bigger and better and we are looking forward to the community connecting with each other as they enjoy this year’s huge program” said Urban Communities Community Engagement Manager Deb Wilson. “We would like to thank our sponsors

City of Melbourne, the Victorian Multicultural Commission, React Property Maintenance, Tormax and Spectrum Fire and Security for making the Festival possible”.

Media Contact: Pam Temby 0423 035 126

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