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Kalamunda Zig Zag Festival

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Kalamunda Zig Zag Festival has it all
The annual Zig Zag Festival has been a renowned celebration of community creativity and a showcase for arts and heritage in the Perth Hills for over thirty years. After having a year off for review, a reinvigorated festival will once again bring the carnival atmosphere back in a bigger and better way. In 2018, it will be the biggest that it has been for many years and this year's theme for the festival is IMAGINE.

The entertainment, stalls and children's activities will be held in Stirk Park, and there will be new afternoon activities in Haynes Street, Kalamunda. At this venue there will be craft stalls, food stalls, and three NEW stages, making five in all.

Kalamunda's Zig Zag Festival has been revitalised and will return on 28th October 2018.

The stages will be along Haynes Street, one at Barber Street, and another near the central mall. The main stage will be at the top of the hill and will host the finale of the parade, and the final headline acts.

The Festival activities in Stirk Park will have the Zig Zag Sound Shell Stage and will have larger acts on the stage. There will also be demonstrations in front of the stage, and these will include the popular Zig Zag Gymnastics.

The Rotary Checker-Board Stage will promote local folk, jazz and world music acoustic performances, and will include the Black Chooks. The Black Chooks or Black Chook Chutney is a band that grew out of the Zig Zag Community Arts Music sessions. They are an unusual act in that there are a lot of people in the band, and their music is from all over the world.

You can see more about the Black Chooks here.

There will be children's free activities again, as these always prove to be popular. Children will be able to use their imagination and create things at one of the many arts and craft activities.

The artisan craft market will have quality crafts, gifts and a mix of goods for sale.

The food stalls will have a scrumptious mix of both sweet and savoury foods, with varied cuisines on offer.

The festival opens in Stirk Park at 11.00 am and runs until 5.00 pm, and the town centre opens from 3.00 pm until 8.00 pm.

The actual parade will be different this year and will be gathering in the park and working its way through to the gum-nut round-about. It will then continue along Canning Road to Haynes Street at 5.00 pm. Travelling along Haynes Street, it will make its way to the main stage on Railway Road.

A previous parade - Image:

A crowd of 20,000 is expected to descend upon Stirk Park area this year, and highlights of the Act-Belong-Commit Zig Zag Community Arts Festival include:

Five stages packed with live music giving a taste of summer, and headlined by Odette Mercy and her Soul Atomics

Local artist exhibitions
Fun family attractions with face painting, a kids zone, petting zoo, and loads of free activities in Stirk Park
Shopping with local business specials and market stalls
Roving entertainers and a five-metre tall fire-breathing dragon
Local schools will feature prominently in the festival as the Train of Thought parade makes its way to the main stage to battle their final villain. They will join forces with local musicians to perform a mega anti-bully mash-up. This act has had many months of work put into it and will feature only local students.

The Act-Belong-Commit Zig Zag Community Arts Festival is hosted by the City of Kalamunda, presented by Zig Zag Community Arts, and supported by Healthway, Lotterywest and Perth Airport.

The full program for the Act-Belong-Commit Zig Zag Community Arts Festival will be released at a later date.

About Zig Zag
Zig Zag Community Arts is an incorporated not-for-profit community arts organisation based in Kalamunda.

Each year they hold workshops and programs to enhance the arts in the local community. The activities wind up with a festival held on the last Sunday of October each year.

The Zig Zag Festival is one of the last true community festivals, with most of the activities being free. Also, the musicians are local, as are the market stalls selling locally made crafts and arts.

The Zig Zag Community Arts spent 2017 looking for additional committee members and volunteers who would commit to helping plan and organise future arts events.

The group now continues to be active and committed to developing Community Arts in the City of Kalamunda.

[b]You can find out more about this festival at this website.

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Why? For a fun festival
When: Sunday, 28th October, 2018, 11am to 8pm
Where: Haynes Road, Kalamunda, WA
Cost: FREE
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