Youth festival embraces multiculturalism

Published on 22 March 2016

Youth festival

Let’s be honest. Nillumbik is not the most culturally diverse area. In fact, only 8.1 per cent of our population has a non-English speaking background.

In recognition of the importance of providing multicultural experiences for our young people, the Council’s Youth team are bringing diversity into Nillumbik with a festival on Saturday 16 April at Edendale Farm themed World Jam – Bringing it in.

We are excited to offer our young people an opportunity to explore and celebrate cultural and ethnic diversity right here in Nillumbik, said Nillumbik Shire Council Mayor, Councillor Bronnie Hattam.

“The free festival at Edendale Farm in Eltham will showcase acts and activities from a wide range of cultural backgrounds.

“There will be performances from acclaimed multicultural groups right alongside our young people plus Mehendi artists, African drummers, indigenous dance performances, circus acts and much more,” said Councillor Hattam.

Festival goers can also enjoy demonstrations from local cultural community groups, pop-up art and activity stalls, and, of course, delicious food from around the world.

In the lead up to the festival, local young people will have the opportunity to explore cultural diversity through a series of Nillumbik Youth workshops including Hip Hop Choir, Circus and Henna. The workshops will culminate in a series of performances at the festival, contributing to an event that champions equality, cultural diversity and social inclusion.

2016 Nillumbik Youth Festival

World Jam – Bringing it in.

•           Saturday 16 April 12pm-5pm

•           Edendale Farm

•           Gastons Road, Eltham

•           Free entry

•           nillumbikyouth.vic.gov.au