Save the date: The much-loved Kensington CommUNITY Festival is on Sunday March 29 at Kensington’s JJ Holland Park from 10am to 4pm.
Held during Cultural Diversity Week, the Festival is a signature local event celebrating Kensington’s diverse community.
Now in its 12th year, this free, family-friendly event promotes community connection in a fabulous atmosphere with live music from Kensington to China to Cuba to Bollywood, the Kensington Sustainable Living Expo, food from all corners of the globe, kids’ activities, roving performers and interactive community stalls.
All the favourites are back including henna hand painting, face painting, kids inflatables, an animal farm, come and try workshops, art and craft, African drumming workshops and lots more!
New for 2020 includes the Metropolitan Fire Brigade and the Kensington Business Association showcasing local businesses.
The Kensington Sustainable Living Expo is part of the Festival once again and includes a pop up mini repair hub (BYO small items for repair e.g. jewellery, textiles, wooden items, and bikes), information on worm farms, local composting, food gardens, Boomerang Bags and bucket loads of sustainable ideas.
The Festival started in 2007 as a small event initiated by Kensington public housing tenants to connect the redeveloped public housing estate to the local community and celebrate neighbourhood diversity. Today, the original purpose of the Festival remains to Strengthen connections between the Kensington Redevelopment and the wider community; Celebrate and showcase the local community with activities that foster a spirit of togetherness, fun and cultural exchange; and Promote local business, community and government services and agencies.
The Kensington CommUNITY Festival is led by Unison Housing with a whole host of residents and community partners. Unison Housing is the long-time place manager at the Kensington Redevelopment, bordered by Derby, Ormond and Altona Streets and Kensington Road. The neighbourhood is a mix of social, affordable and private homes.
The Festival’s major sponsors are the City of Melbourne and the Department of Premier and Cabinet. Festival partners include the Kensington Neighbourhood House, Kensington Community Recreation Centre, Living Learning Australia, The Venny, Kensington Children’s Cooperative, Kensington Chinese Friendship Association, Victoria Police, MSS Security, 78 Seniors Club, the Kensington Association and Transition Town Kensington.
Festival information and updates can be found on the website www.kencommfest.org
Don’t forget to follow the Festival on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Just search for KenCommFest.