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Australia Day Weekend Party on the Pier - Port Melbourne
This year on Australia Day weekend there is more to do than have a cliché BBQ. Do something out of the ordinary, and head on down to Port Melbourne Pier to embrace Australia's history and celebrate true Aussie culture with a diverse range of multicultural music, dance, food, forums and historical exhibitions.
Port Melbourne is known for its modern restaurants and bars with beach views, however most people don't know that The Port Melbourne piers precinct was the significant entry point for almost 90,000 post World War II refugees to Australia. The migration stories behind the Piers entrants will be brought to life at 4th annual Piers Festival. This is your chance to learn about and celebrate the important role Port Melbourne Pier played in the history of Victoria's growth to a thriving multicultural community.
Surround yourself with history, cultural art installations, workshops and performances. The festival, brought to you by Multicultural Arts Victoria (MAV), will keep you entertained from day to night with live music on the main 'Gateway Stage'. Talented musicians from Timorese, Maltese, Sudanese, Burundian, and Irish backgrounds will perform alongside headline act and Melbourne Rock Band, Painters and Dockers.
Asanti Dances balance act at Piers Festival 2014 (pic by DWV Photography)
For the first year MAV presents The Landing at Piers Festival, a creative hub for a selection of community groups to share their culture and history through art, workshops and performances.
Don't miss the new exhibition 'What Happened at the Pier', a curated program of stories and objects reflecting on immigrants, who have travelled by sea and disembarked at Port Melbourne.
In addition to visual art installations, experience and learn from discussions, poetry, and musical responses to the long history of people's arrival and departure at the Pier.
For those who like to set off on foot, free historical walking tours including the Piers Guided Migration Walk and The Whitaker Historical Mystery Walk will also run on the day, centred on Port Melbourne's piers.
Don't stress if you have the children, in fact be certain to bring them along for the fun. Kids will love the nautical balloon art in the morning and all day face painting. The hula hooping workshop will undoubtedly bring a smile to anyone's dial and participation in the Indigenous song and dance workshop is sure to be hoot!
Food and drink from local providers will be available, so bring your family and friends to join in the celebration of the Pier with over 10,000 visitors from diverse cultural backgrounds.
Finish off a spectacular Australia Day with a bang, with fireworks concluding the event at 9.20pm.
Attended the Piers Festival in 2013. One thing to keep in mind is that it can get quite windy at the Pier. Seating arrangement for the whole day was a bit uncomfortable, so I would also recommend taking your own folding chairs.