Save the date: Kensington CommUNITY Festival

The much anticipated Kensington CommUNITY Festival turns 10 this year and you are invited to a huge day of fun for the whole family.

The Festival is on Sunday April 2 from 10am to 5pm. Save the date!
The annual Festival celebrates Kensington’s diverse community and will be held once again at the JJ Holland Park precinct.

The Festival just keeps getting bigger and better every year as more and more community members and activities come on board. The Festival celebrates cultural diversity and community connection in a fabulous atmosphere with live music from China to Cuba, a bigger Kensington Sustainable Living Expo, food from all corners of the globe, henna hand painting, community stalls, face-painting, AFL challenge inflatables, treasure hunts, an animal farm, workshops and African drumming. And that is just a small sample of the day’s activities and entertainment!

For sports fans the Festival also incorporates the Unity Cup, an AFL 9s touch football round robin celebrating cultural diversity through sport, co-hosted by the Australian Federal Police and the AFL Multicultural Program. This year participating AFL clubs confirmed are Essendon, North Melbourne, Western Bulldogs, and newcomers Hawthorn, Geelong, Richmond and St Kilda. Twelve culturally diverse male and eight female teams will compete for the coveted Unity Cup trophy.

The Kensington CommUNITY Festival is organised by Unison Housing who have joined forces with a whole host of local partners for this, the 10th Festival. Unison Housing is a new name in the neighbourhood. Urban Communities, the long time place manager at the Kensington Redevelopment has merged with Yarra Community Housing to become Unison – different name, same fabulous community projects! “The Festival just gets bigger every year and we love to be part of an event that sees our diverse community out in force! We are excited to once again be working with our community partners and are proud to be joining up with the Unity Cup team. The Unity Cup is a fabulous example of how the AFL celebrates cultural and gender diversity through sport.” said Unison’s Community Engagement Manager Deb Wilson.

The Festival is part of the Cultural Diversity Week’s program and principal sponsors are the City of Melbourne and the Victorian Multicultural Commission. The Festival will be held at the JJ Holland Park precinct inclusive of the Bill Vanina Pavilion, Kensington Community Recreation Centre and The Kensington Adventure Playground (the Venny).

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