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”.
Performing 12.30pm DIVERSITAT STAGE
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.
Performing 3.05pm WESTPARK STAGE
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.
Performing 1.20pm WESTPARK STAGEProgram
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.
Performing 2.05pm WESTPARK STAGE
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
Performing 12.50pm WESTPARK STAGEProgram
Te Arahina – Geelongs only Maori Community has come together to sing some of their old and new songs, chosen by the children.
“Shaking the Tree is not just a choir, it’s a movement”…. Enda Kenny Shaking the Tree is one of Melbourne’s most vibrant choirs and a festival crowd favourite. With numerous music festival performances and two acclaimed CD’s to its credit, the group achieves musical excellence without sacrifice of heart, soul and good fun. With a passion for themes of love, social justice and freedom, the choir is led by professional performer Bronwyn Calcutt, singing her unique arrangements of gypsy, gospel, contemporary and world music. Shaking the Tree also boasts several skilled musicians accompanying on accordion, guitar, tsouras, whistle, ukuleles and percussion. Please welcome Shaking the Tree choir to their first Pako Festa! www.shakingthetreechoir.com
Performing 3.45pm Bethel ChurchProgram
Melbourne based Soukous Ba Congo is a spectacular African dance band with musicians from Zaire, Angola, Sudan, Chile, and Japan and Australia. Headed by flamboyant Zairean born King Bell, Soukous Ba Congo play Africa’s most popular dance styles such as Soukous, Rumba, Sebene, Afro-Cuban and more. King Bell came to Australia in 1987 following a successful career as a dancer and percussionist with the Angolan National Ballet. Since then he has been involved with various African bands in Australia, such as Musiki Manjaro, Tingoma, Matata Sound and Valanga Khoza. Soukous Ba Congo are in demand on the festival circuit, having already performed at Byron Bay, Apollo Bay, Malany Folk Festival, Brunswick Music Festival. A Soukous Ba Congo live performance, 10 performers on stage - incorporating the irresistible driving Soukous rhythms and the spectacular energetic dance displays from King Bell - will leave you totally exhausted! …..dare to stand still! www.kingbell.com.au
performing 3.15 – Diversitat StageProgram
Playing the much loved music of Scotland to sell-out audiences at Cygnet Folk Festival, the Boite and other concert venues, Taliska have had audiences so transfixed one could hear a pin drop as they weave musical magic through songs and airs, then roar to life with their foot-tapping jigs and reels. Taliska are Colin MacLeod (fiddle), Geoff Jones (pipes/whistles), Marcus de Rijk (vocals/guitar) and Claire Patti (vocals/harp).
performing 2.00pm – 2.35pm Bethel Church
The Kite Machine is a Geelong/Melbourne based band that manufactures semi-acoustic funk rock, resonating somewhere between the sounds of John Butler Trio and the Black Keys. Singer/songwriter/guitarist, Levi Anderson, together with Ev Smith on bass and Kane Sheriff on drums have recently released their well received debut EP – “The Crook & The Skank”. Cleverly crafted songs matched with rhythmic lead guitar; punchy bass lines and smooth drum grooves, produce a dynamic sound and an energetic live performance. Undoubtedly a must see outfit.
performing 1.00pm Barking Dog StageProgram
When most teenagers in the 1990’s were listening to bands like Guns & Roses and Metallica, the boys found their passion lay in the world of blues. They asked the questions; How does John Lee hooker get that boogie? Where was Aretha Franklin getting her power and soul from? They dug the dirt, found the diamonds……rough, uncut but full of intensity. This intensity shines through in their original songs, influenced by their everyday experiences. Dan on vocals, Rory on harp, Johhny on guitar, Shaun on bass and Mark on the drums. The Spirit is alive in the Mojo Corner! www.facebook.com/mojocorner
performing 4.00pm Petrel StageProgram
Wathaurong Co-operative Welcome Official Opening The Wathaurong Community dancers are representing Wathaurong Country as they are appearing in traditional modern costume and will be performing and conducting the Welcome to Country ceremony through the revival of Wathaurong Language, song and dance.
performing 12noon West Park Stage
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.