JJ Holland Park will ring with the sweet sound of two local children’s choirs on Sunday April 2 as part of the Kensington CommUNITY Festival.
Kensington kids from 2 locals schools, the Kensington Community Children’s Co-operative and The Venny, the local “community backyard”, are joining forces to create the Kensington Children’s Choir, performing for the first time at the Festival. In recognition of the local indigenous culture they will help indigenous musician Monica Weightman perform the acknowledgement to country during the official opening at 10.30am singing two indigenous songs.
“Having children from the local primary schools, The Venny and the Children’s Co-op. combine is a first for Kensington and a wonderful community initiative, especially the experience of working with Monica. The kids are really excited and have been busy practising!” said Vincent Ryan, a local resident who is organising the choir.
The Venny kids have been so inspired they will continue singing as part of The Venny Choir and will take the stage at 11am. The magic of singing together has been infectious at this popular drop in space. The Venny was established in the early 80’s adjacent to the Kensington Public Housing Estate to provide local children and young people, including kids from disadvantaged backgrounds, with opportunities for a place to play and hang out in a supportive and inclusive environment.
Danni von der Borsch, Venny Community Development Manager says the children have relished the opportunity to sing with all their heart. It is wonderful to see the pure joy and increased self confidence in the children, many of whom have really benefited from singing with friends and experiencing a sense of connection and of course it is loads of fun!”
The Festival will offer a huge day of fun for the whole family and is a celebration of Kensington’s diverse community. The Festival also includes the Unity Cup, an AFL round robin celebrating cultural diversity through sport, co-hosted by the AFL Victoria Multicultural Program and the Australian Federal Police.
A bursting-at-the-seams program can be found at www.kencommfest.org
The Kensington CommUNITY Festival is sponsored by the City of Melbourne, the Victorian Multicultural Commission, Becs IT, Bradrod Building Services, MSS Security Services, Engie Services ANZ, React Property Maintenance and the School of Living Music.