Artists in 2018
Pako Festa will host over 60 groups performing across six stages on the day!
Here’s a cross section of the artists appearing this year with more to come.
HKUD Lado Geelong
To preserve and maintain the culture and traditions of the Croatian people is the aim of the LADO group, comprised of junior, middle and senior dance groups, a traditional choir plus, a junior and senior traditional ‘Tambrica’ orchestra.
Lado has also toured Croatia and surrounding countries several times and they have recorded traditional Croatian songs and international Christmas Carols. These CD’s will be available for purchase at the Croatian stand in West Park at Pako Festa.
West Park 2.15pm
Super Mande Percussion – African Drumming Academy & Performance
Through the ancient art of communal drumming, unity of energy and a focus of purpose are exercised which improves productivity, teamwork, contribution and communication. With the unity of individual drum sounds, a fresh holistic approach to life can be found and utilised through the rhythm of African drumming. They invite you to come along and explore this ancient artform.
West Park Stage 3.55pm
Melbourne Accordion Orchestra
German oompah music –No. Lederhosen?, definitely not ! But Kurt Weil, Leonard Bernstein, rhumbas, and even some classic Aussie rock are on the menu delivered by the remarkable Melbourne Accordion Orchestra. Under the imaginative direction of accordion maestro and former Zydeco Jump front man George Butrumlis, Melbourne Accordion Orchestra offer a delicious eclectic variety of thrilling music to rouse even the most discerning of audiences. MAO will have you singing, dancing and reminiscing. So treat yourself to a five-hat musical feast and partake of the most inspired and creative Accordion Orchestra to emerge on Australia’s music scene.
Channel 7 Stage 3.45pm
Serbian Youth Dance Group ‘Branko Radicevic’
The talented Serbian Folk Dancing group are dedicated to performance excellence, with some students starting to dance as young as three years of age.
Numbers are expanding every year, with dancers divided into three different age groups of young, intermediate and senior levels.
Don’t miss these well- accomplished, delightful performers.
Diversitat Stage 12.30pm
Greek Community School
The Greek Community School of Geelong has approximately 50 students divided into Junior School, Middle School and Senior levels. Based at Matthew Flinders Girls College, the school meets every Tuesday from 5-8pm to learn the Greek language, cultural studies and dance. Students learn dances originating from various regions of Greece and their colourful national costumes also serve to represent these regional dance origins from across Greece.
The school prides itself on having a broad multicultural appeal, a truly diverse Australian culture inclusive of families of Greek, Australian and Maori origins to name a few.
Diversitat Stage 2.25pm
Tunjos y Cantaros Ethnologic Dance Company
It is a non-profit artistic organization that working since 2010 in Melbourne- AU. Which aims to reveal the cultural diversity from Hispanic traditions and customs exploring movement and dance.
Their mission is keep alive the ancestral wisdom through multidisciplinary art work combining the culture through origins, history, traditional and new dance folk tendencies with contemporary dance. With the unique propose to speak about what we are made of.
Channel 7 Stage 4.20pm
Street tap dancing is galvanised with an energetic industrial edge when the The Lewis Brothers hit the dance floor.
The Geelong based siblings and tap dancers love entertaining audiences with their own brand of gritty, industrial inspired Tap dancing, performed A Capella style.
The local Infinite Dance Studio dance students have been honing their skills busking around Geelong and their fast-paced street style routines are energetic, contemporary and highly entertaining.
Family Entertainment Precinct 2.00pm
Cariño Son is a six-piece Latin band playing traditional Cuban Guarachas, Son and Boleros. Their infectious rhythms and melodies have people dancing wherever they play. The lineup consists of double bass, congas, bongos, guitar and très, saxophone, vocals and percussion.
Diversitat Stage 5.15 – 6.00pm
Te Arahina – Maori Culture Community of Geelong
Te Arahina are devoted to teaching and sharing their culture with their children and the wider community.
Bringing together cultural awareness and pride, they educate their children and develop their sense of identity through song, dance, language, history of myths and legends and heritage.
West Park Stage 12.50pm
Andalucia Spanish Dancing Group
The Andalucian Dancing Group has had the privilege of performing at Pako Festa for the past 36 years and performing here remains one of the highlights of their year.
The group consist of three age groups, the younger group is aged between 4 – 8, the medium group is aged between 9 – 15 and the senior group ages range from 16 and above.
Andalucia would like to welcome anyone that wishes to learn the Flamenco Dance from beginners to Advance both adult & children.
Channel 7 Stage 2.30pm & Workshop in the Family Entertainment Precinct at 3.30pm
Bosancice – Bosnian Lily Dance Group
The Bosnian Lily-Geelong Association Inc was founded almost 10 years ago and is made up of several interest groups including traditional crafts and social groups ‘Bezistan’ (Beh-zee-stun), a fishing group and a pensioners group. There are also two dance groups, a traditional folk dancing youth group ‘Bosancice‘ (bo-san-cheetze) and a children’s dance group ‘Bonbonice’ (bon-bon-ee-tze)’ both of which actively participate in local, state and interstate community events.
The current membership is predominantly people with a Bosnian background, but the association is open to those who enjoy friendship, laughter and like minded people gathering together.
Diversitat Stage 1.55pm
The sound of The Blueliners is steeped in the Chicago Blues tradition of guitar, saxophone and harmonica plus Jazz influences and Texas Blues style in the mix. A typical set, as well as original material, would include covers of T-Bone Walker, Louis Jordan, Junior Wells and many of the Blues greats. After the selling out of the band’s second CD, there are plans afoot to return to the recording studio.
Petrel Stage 1.00pm
Check out Fun Arts and their Roving Entertainment along the Street.
“Juan & Juanita” (Stilt Walkers) & “Los Torros” (Musical Trio)
This is a wedding party inspired by the Mexican day of the dead.
Where “Juan & Juanita” are the bride & groom standing almost 9ft tall,
They are accompanied by Los Torros loosely translated as “the Bulls”.
This talented band of amigos will get you hot & sweaty with their rich rhythms & danceable Latin tunes.
Linas – Geelong Lithuanian Dance Group
Geelong’s Lithuanian Linas dance group have participated in every Pako Festa parade since its inception, performing their traditional dances with an ensemble of dancers ranging in age from pre-school children to seniors.
Their repertoire features lively village style dances of both classic and modern choreography.
West Park 1.15pm
Filipino Dance Group
The Filipino Dance Group is part of the Filipino Social Club of Geelong Inc. formed in 1982. Their dance group currently comprises ten active members who have been busy preparing their ‘Bulaklakan’ cultural dance for the Pako Festa 2018 parade and stage performance.
For a taste of Filipino cuisine, be sure to check out their food stall on Pakington Street at Pako Festa!
Diversitat Stage 2.10pm
Souvenir Russian Dance Group Geelong
This newly formed group from the Russian Orthodox Community of Geelong are enthusiasts who enjoy traditional style of Russian dancing.
Diversitat Stage 3.40pm
The Greek Connection
The Greek Connection is a trio of performers, Ilias Maniatakis, John Hughson and Sue Buchan.
The Greek Connection have been performing traditional Greek music together for a few year and have some music clips on You Tube. They can also be contacted through the Geelong Folk Music Club.
Diversitat Stage 2.45pm
Geelong Bollywood Dance Group
The Geelong Bollywood dance Group offers Bollywood dance performances and workshops at private special events. They also have regular Bollywood dance classes and offer private Bollywood dance lessons.
Their entertaining dance performances combine traditional and contemporary choreography with colourful, glamorous costumes.
Diversitat Stage 1.25pm
La Cumbiamba and Cumbiambita Colombian Folk Dance
La Cumbiamba and La Cumbiambita is a Colombian folkloric dance group that aims to share the richness of Colombian culture through their traditional dances and the accompanying music.
Performances are vibrant, energetic and colourful and the dancer’s repertoire includes rhythms originating from the Atlantic Coast, The Pacific Coast, Andes Region and The Amazonas of Colombia.
Diversitat Stage 3.55pm
Geelong Memorial Brass Band Inc.
The Band was formed in 1946 as a living memorial to the fallen in both world wars, and is very active within the community, playing at many events and functions throughout the Geelong and District region.
The Band is always looking for new members, and if you would like to join just contact the secretary Colin Whitehand on 04 2795 8946 or call in on any Wednesday night rehearsal from 7:30pm at Centenary Hall, Cox Road, Corio.