A brand new event for a brand new year at Preston Market, 2/30A The Centreway, Preston. Multicultural Day on Sunday 20 January 2019 from 10am to 3pm will be filled with the sights, sounds, colour and flavours of the diverse community we live in. The Market will be bursting with culture from food to fashion, live entertainment galore and pop-up food stalls alongside permanent food traders.
Before you begin the journey, you can easily check the event map and the dietary options offered by traders, so you can head straight to your favourite that suits your needs. Then again, trying out something new is always an adventure. There's plenty for you to smell and taste your way through the market with so many colourful cuisines on offer, not to mention a wonderful lineup of the pop-up food stalls as well.
I Love Churros - Spanish flavours, Jasio's Kitchen -Polish Flavours, Chunana - Indian Flavours, Moskew - Tibetan Flavours, Frencheese - French Flavours, Kimu Korean Japanese Eartery, Pierogi Pierogi, Curly Spuds, Steki - Greek Flavours, Drums - Sri Lankan Flavours, Peter's Pizza - Italian Flavours, Gringo Paella - Spanish Flavours, and lots more. They're all going to be there.
Cultural art stalls like Mundo Maya - Latin Handcrafts, HeArt of Shona - African Arts, Caribay Dance - Venezuelan Arts, Tecolote - Mexican Arts, Zen - Japanese Crafts to name a few, are there to grab your attention with their wares. Kids can put on their game face or superhero face with the Face Painter, and there's an Egyptian Puppet Show & Workshop from 10am to 2.30pm. Warning - cute factor; The Azura's Oasis Small Puppet Theatre is housed in an old suitcase with a set that lights up. It is filled with adventure, stories from ancient times, and folktales from around the world.
Chinese Mask making, something that's of vital importance in Beijing Opera, and formed through long-term practicing and understanding of the roles in plays. Choose a mask and decorate your very own from 10am to 2.30pm. Suited to all ages, perhaps you'd like to try and create the Chinese Plum Blossom Ink-blow Painting. Again from 10am to 2.30pm, this workshop will have participants use straws and ink to blow through, and cotton swab and colour to paint the petals.
If a chilled day is what you had in mind, just sit back, relax and enjoy the entertainment. Check the website for more details.
10am-10.10am - Caribay Dance - A mix of African roots into a Venezuelan culture and folklore
10.30am-11am - The Melbourne Chinese Choir - The soothing voices of Chinese music
11am-12pm - Don Sherman the Singing Chef - He cooks up a Sri Lankan storm while singing along. Plus you get to taste test his creation. Joined by live performances from Sri Lankan and Hindi dance groups, it's a jam-packed show
12.00pm-12.15pm - ZEN - Tradition Japanese dances that are energetic and powerful, called Yosakoi and Yosakoi Soran.
12.15-12.35pm - VASS Arabic Women Dance Folklore Group - A group of refugees from Arabian countries performing a fashion parade dance dressed in beautiful traditional folklore costumes
12.35-12.45pm - Pacific Performance Art - Contemporary pacific dance group in a cultural performance and amazing wearable art with designs inspired by Pacific traditional costumes
12.45pm-1pm - Manasis School of Dance - OPA! Gets the crowd going with their Greek dancing
2-2.40pm - Comhaltas Melbourne - The wonderful Irish sounds from the Comhaltas Melbourne music band
You're going to need a full day to catch every exciting event and all the entertainment and food journey on Multicultural Day at Preston Market.