Geelong Sings, led by the charismatic Kym Dillon, is one of Creativity Australia’s With One Voice choir programs that brings together people of all ages, backgrounds and lifestyles through song. It helps put them in the right headspace to connect with whatever that need in life – friends, relaxation, mentors, wellbeing, new skills, employment pathways and more. We believe empowered individuals form strong communities that are better placed to solve society’s biggest challenges. It’s all about the joy of song, the freedom to express yourself and the inspiration to change the world for the better.
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The MarimbaTaters are students from Tate Street Primary School in East Geelong who love to play marimba! These senior primary students play a broad range of exciting marimba pieces, including African-inspired tunes. The arrangements they play are in three parts and can be quite complex. Students in the MarimbaTaters rehearse at school in their own time and some have been members of the Tate Street Primary School’s marimba groups for three years. Not only are they great players – they even built some of their own instruments! The MarimaTaters are led by teacher and Community Music leader Dani Rocca and accompanied by Adam Burke. The MarimbaTaters are mallet-wavingly excited to be at Pako Festa
Manmohini Indian Dance School is presenting traditional Indian culture through Indian Classical Kathak Dance Style. This dance form finds it’s roots thousands of years back in ancient India.
Manmohini Indian Dance School is proud and passionate about Kathak Dance and would like to spread their love towards this artform into the multicultural community.
The group will present two dances. The first depicts a group of swamp birds (Manu=bird, Rawa= swamp) from the “Wana Parwa” story of the Indian epic Mahabarata. The second performance, Tari Merak (Peafowl Dance), is a female dance inspired by the movements of a peafowl and its feathers displayed in classical movements . The Tari Merak symbolises the beauty of nature in the island of West Java, Indonesia. The beauty of the island is so famous that there is a well known saying in Indonesia “God creates the West Java island when he smiles”.
Mezei Virag Hungarian dance Group will present a cultural event called, ‘Evening in the Spinning Room’. Years ago women, mothers and young girls would get together to do their spinning of yarns and embroider their many colourful outfits. This would be a quiet night, but occasionally interrupted by the menand boys from the village. They would play games and cheeky demonstrations to get the attention of the women.
The Macedonian Community of Geelong entry consists of members of the folk dancing youth group BISER and other community members in a range of regional costumes. From region to region, costumes vary greatly in colour, design and accessories. These costumes were worn for ceremonial or festive occasions.
This year Pako Festa welcomes 20 of Geelong's Lithuanian Dancers who last December took part in the biannual National Lithuanian FolkDance Festival .The children, some as young as four years of age, will show us some traditional items based on Lithuanian children's nursery rhymes, including the boy's "angry goat" dance. Adult performers will follow with some lively village numbers.
Throughout its 39-year history, LADO Geelong has played an integral role in showcasing and promoting the rich and proud Croatian culture through music, song and dance. The group has been involved in a range of multicultural events including Spirit of the World and Musical Mornings, and has hosted a Christmas Concert at St Patricks Cathedral
Te Arahina – Geelongs only Maori Community has come together to sing some of their old and new songs, chosen by the children.
Rodyna Ensemble is a Ukrainian singing group based in Melbourne whose repertoire is mainly of Ukrainian traditional songs. Rodyna also performs traditional musical pieces from Croatia, Serbia and Bosnia Herzegovina as well as a range of English songs.
Pako Festa prides itself as being a free event; it is also “access friendly” allowing people of all abilities to share the enriching experience of multiculturalism. All you need to enjoy Pako Festa is a happy heart and an open mind.