Every now and again it's wonderful to stop and appreciate the community you live in, and the best way to stop and smell the roses is to gather together in fun and frolic and eat, sing, play for the day. The Malahang Community Festival on Sunday 18 November 2018 from 11am to 4pm fits the bill as a free and family-friendly event celebrating local community. Music, games, stalls, food and information fills the air, so do come along and interact with the local community, local artists, community groups, traders and more at Malahang Reserve, corner Southern Rd and Oriel Rd, Heidelberg West.
Food is where we really come together in the melting pot of our multicultural society and something delicious comes your way this year that caters to vegan, halal, vegetarian, including a community BBQ and much more. You can be rest assured there's a tasty bite for everyone.
If you're the sporty sort, the sporting fields will have Melbourne City Football Club setting up a pitch for 5-on-a-side soccer games, plus Rec-Link will run volleyball all day. Something more laid back but just as physical, perhaps? Play in the trees with Melbourne Disc Golf, or go all Harry Potter and indulge in some Quidditch!
Head back to the Main Stage when you're ready to sit back and be entertained. There's an aroma of multicultural flavours this year, in music and dance from a diverse community. The Main Stage has a full program of performances and demonstrations that include Anti-Gravity Circus, Super Mande African Percussion, Melbourne Contemporary Choir, Lotus Middle Eastern Dance Troupe, Keynote Singers and POW Acrobats.
The finale is brand new! Giving a nod to sustainability, it's an Up-cycled Multicultural Fashion Show that includes the Textile Art Community and Somali Modest and Glam Dress for both men and women. It'll be MC'd by Najma Ali - Mrs Australia Globe! A KISS costumed cover band with Jets Studio and Shop 48 wraps it all up as a great addition to the festivities.
The Community Stage is also back by popular demand with the Banyule Has Talent stage showcasing some great talent amongst the locals. There'll be singing and dancing and entertainment in between heats by St Pius School Choir, Opacize (Greek dancercise) and the Exiled on High Street band. More entertainment can be found at the Youth Tent that'll be a hive of activity with hair braiding, temporary tattoos or a chance to make your own rad badges. If it all gets too much, the Yarra Plenty Regional Library marquee is a Sensory Safe Chill Out Space you can head for to relax into a beanbag and give those pins a rest.
If cooking shows are of interest to you, the Malahang Melting Pot Stage will be a fusion of food and culture with live cultural cooking demos using vegetables and herbs from local community gardens, and there are opportunities to sample the different cuisines. The Olympic Village Makers Market will be vying for your attention with trinkets and collections from local artists, just in time for some Christmas shopping. There are also a lot of opportunities for art activities so you can try out your artistic skills, with team cloak creation project or simply get into the projection tent and an interactive photo booth, with yummy snack cups to boot.
With the Environment and Sustainability on everyone's lips and minds, the Banyule City Councils' Environment Team will have everything you need to know to satisfy your sustainability needs. One can never stop learning. Plus there'll be giveaways, compost doctors and a community education snake show by Black Snake Productions. This makes for a full day out to really immerse yourself in your community.