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A month-long celebration of textile art in Melbourne

Throughout the month of August, the City of Greater Dandenong is proudly hosting Cultural Threads, a true celebration of arts and cultural diversity in Melbourne.

A satellite event of Craft Victoria's Craft Cubed exhibition, Cultural Threads, offers an exciting program of inspiring workshops, vibrant community events and fun activities in multiple venues across Greater Dandenong, including Walker Street Gallery and Arts Centre, Heritage Hill Museum and Historic Gardens, The Drum Theatre, Dandenong and Springvale Library and Harmony Square.

If you love all things textiles, this is a special opportunity to explore and discover textile art, learn new crafts, trade skills, create works with textile artists, share stories and interweave cultures.

All forms of textile art will be showcased and celebrated - from knitting to crocheting, dyeing to weaving, needlepoint to urban fashion – and everything in between!

A highlight of this year's Cultural Threads program is Zephyr, a stunning exhibition featuring a diverse group of artist including John Barbour, Jon Campbell, Rubaba Haider, Brooke Hyrons, Sam Martin, Raquel Ormella, Janet Passehl (USA), Silo String Quartet, Hayley Tan, Kei Takamura (GER/JPN), Katie West.

Zephyr will open on Saturday 3 August. A celebratory launch featuring a performance by Silo String Quartet will be held at Walker Street Gallery from 2pm.

Australia's first accessible and portable arts space, Nebula, will also be in Harmony Square from August 5 to 9.

For those looking for new creative inspiration, there is a diverse range of workshops to choose from. Top picks include the Jewellery Masterclass Series, which is suitable for anyone who is keen to make their own statement earrings, brooches and necklaces. No previous experience is required and the three-session workshop will be facilitated by jeweller Emma Grace.

How to Make a Plush Toy is facilitated by the famous artist Cat Rabbit. This is a special chance to learn how to make a plush toy from design to sewing.

My Piñata Heart! is a workshop facilitated by Kitiya Palaskas, where you can learn how to make a decorative heart or trophy pinata.

The Cultural Threads program will close with an Open Day event at Heritage Hill on Saturday, 31 August from 1pm to 4pm.

Greater Dandenong Mayor Councillor Roz Blades said visitors to Cultural Threads 2019 were invited to explore a variety of workshops, events, exhibitions and activities from 1 August to 31 August. "A love of textiles is shared around the world which is why this event continues to have widespread appeal," Mayor Blades said. "This event encourages members of our vibrant and diverse community to share their stories and connect with others, through a mutual love of textiles."

You can see the full program of all activities, workshops, events and participating artists at www.greaterdandenong.com/culturalthreads

Start planning your Cultural Threads experience today!

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When: The program runs from 1 - 31 August.
Where: Held in multiple venues across Greater Dandenong
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