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Community Spirits Soar At Kite Flying Festival
The much anticipated annual Darebin Community and Kite Festival returns to Edwardes Lake Park on Sunday 15 March and will run from 11am-6pm, so get a good night sleep on Saturday!
This event has been running for ten years and this year it will be bigger than ever. When the winds are good they can have over 10,000 people visit over the day.
Kundalila by Damien Vincenzi
There's something for all ages to do, learn and enjoy. This event includes a huge range of draw cards including:
free kite making workshops
kite flying (wind permitting)
free rock climbing wall
pet expo giving animal training tips (I need this)
Wild Action animal show (as seen on ABC Kids TV),
cat grooming AND
doggy painting (they paint, we don't paint them!)
Attracting locals and beyond, kite flying enthusiasts, local artists, talented musicians and community groups, the Darebin Community & Kite Festival supports youth and emerging artists such as local 15-17 year olds, Anchors and Alibis.
The World of Kites will present a range of free kite making workshops for children and adults. Learn to make kites from various cultures. Guest kite makers from 'Polyglot Theatre' will present information on the diverse histories of kite making in various countries with beautiful imagery.
Multicultural bands will be entertaining the family in between kite flying sessions at the event.
Special guest performers include MC Jodie Hill, a kid's show with Drakis the Dragon, musicians from the far corners of the globe with 'Kunadlila', 'No Passport Required' and Gamelan DanAnda Orchestra. School bands, community group performances, children's choirs and traditional cultural dance performances will also be featured.
No Passport Required (NPR) is a remarkable collaboration by local musicians of South and South-East Asian. They bring together South American and Western European heritage to create an extraordinary performance that is 100% Australian. The 11-piece NPR features four vocalists of diverse musical heritage working alongside some of Australia's leading instrumentalists. All singers are on stage all of the time providing vocal support across each others' material to create an awesome performance.
Duncan Foster, Claudia Oseguedo and Kim Le from No Passport Required. Photographer Sarah McKenzie
The set is presented as an integrated whole, not merely a sequence of songs from different places with the same backing band. You will experience Afghan folk songs with added original English lyrics to the Venezuelan joropo, Vietnamese cha cha cha and Cuban son.
Kundalila is a merging of two groups, acoustic folk duo Etienne (Congolese) and Rene (Greek) and Zimbabwean sisters Rue and Sharon with Alice (vocalist). The group's name, Kundalila, originates from the Bemba language of Zambia, Southern Africa. Meaning 'cooing dove,' it is also one of Zambia's most beautiful waterfalls, and represents both the group's sound and purpose.
Ride and park your bike at the bike valet or take the train and wander down Edwardes Street. There is a recreational space at the back of the site which accommodates many parking spaces.
Expect some dancing in the park and the unexpected. It's sure to be a great day to meet your friends and family to enjoy the spectacle. Bring a picnic or sample the multicultural food delights under the trees.
I can't decide if I want Thai, Indian, French or Greek food. You can try a pulled pork roll, steak sandwich, salad, gourmet ice-cream, premium coffee or a sausage sizzle. I'll be the indecisive one trying to juggle food, a kite and keep an eye on the kids bolting all over the place!
Stop press. I asked Ciel Fuller, the festival director, for a Must see recommendation and I'll let you in on the secret… 'All of it'… it's going to be a long day.