A great big thanks to all who participated in the 2014 festival on Sunday November 16th. It was an amazing day, fuelled again by people power and we hope, with your support, to repeat it in the future. Thanks to Jerry Galea (again) for the beautiful photos.
The 2014 musical / entertainment line-up
10:30-10:55 Progress Hall street parade, Moreland City Band
11:25-11:50 Coburg Primary School (Marimba band
11:55-12:05 Circus Spot performance
12:05-12:35 Brass in Pocket (jazz trio)
12:40-13:10 The Taylor Project (folksie alt country)
13:15-13:45 Short Order Schefs (rock)
13:50-14:10 Alevi community musicians
14:15-14:25 Circus spot performance
14:30-15:00 Silo String Quartet (contemporary)
15:05-15:35 Omar Pervaiz (folk musician)
15:40-16:10 The Perfections (garage soul)
16:30-17:00 Jawa Pitu Band (Indonesian funk jams)
Roving performers included Uptown Brown and Fairy Caitlin. Thanks also to Kids’ Own Publishing for their story workshop in The Welcome Shop.
The Merlynston Diverse Voices Festival is a community-based event run by Merlynston locals working in conjunction with arts group Collaborative Cultures.
The first festival was held in November 2012; a campaign to see Merlynston’s 1920s-built Progress Hall refurbished for community use was a springboard for the event. The inaugural festival featured performances by local groups Morleand City Band, The Perfections, The Miserable Little Bastards, Short Order Shefs as well as Coburg Primary School’s ukelele band. Ajak Kwai and Kutcha Edwards also performed.
Extra performances in Merlynston’s Welcome Shop and kids activities including face-painting and hat-making workshops contributed to a great atmosphere. The 2012 festival was a sustainable event with solar-generated stage and PAs, and composting toilets brought in for the day.
Photographs Jerry Galea
The second festival, held in 2014 was funded by community grants from Moreland City Council (Celebrating Place grant), Multicultural Victoria, and through direct fundraising within the Coburg North community.
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