Stalls and activities open at 3pm and by 3.15pm the stage becomes a hive of activities with Yarra Energy Foundation, 3000 Acres, Welcome, Live Music with Ainsley and Domenic and more. Sustainability and community activities (3 pm to 6pm) at the Fair include clothing swap where you can recycle your unwanted good condition items. Bring up to 3 items of unwanted clothing in good used or new condition (no stains, tears, or significant wear) during the fair and get up to 3 swap tokens. Return after 4.30pm to exchange your tokens for new-to-you pieces.
Bring along any excess produce and swap it for something else on the table with 3000 Acres. This includes home-grown fruit, veg, seeds, seedlings, recipes and gardening tips. You can also bring recipes, empty jars for jam, flowers and more. Bring your toothbrush for recycling and go in a draw for a mystery prize. There'll also be composting and Work Farm demos, Indigenous native plants from VINC for sale, Aboriginal Housing Information and activities, craft stalls, chill out zone, free books, and raffles. You can get vegetarian pizza, muffins and cakes, hot cross buns, juice (3-6pm) and popcorn (from 6pm). Kids will have free play for pre-schoolers with Zumba kids, art, juggling, hoops and more.
The Song Keepers is a gorgeous Australian documentary about an Aboriginal Women's Choir that travels on their first tour to Germany to perform German hymns in their traditional language. This Darwin-based doco is by filmmaker Naina Sen who first heard of the remarkable Central Australian Aboriginal Women's Choir while she was on a plane headed to Alice Springs for work. She was intrigued by its uniqueness, of the choir who sang baroque German hymns first brought to the Red Centre by Lutheran missionaries in the 19th century then translated into Pitjantjatjar and Arranta by the local Aboriginal communities.
Many of these songs are really old and many have been lost in Germany, but they have been preserved across the seas where a depth of that culture has been infused into these songs and being taken back on their own terms from a position of great cultural strength to the country it came from. Gifted singers, the filmmaker found the women possessed an infectious charm and a candid approach to telling their history. Share in an outpouring of emotion of hymns that had come to Australia, been adopted into their own identity and taken back to its country of origin.