Great Pako Festa Street Parade
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At 11am the great Pako Festa Parade commences, with a colourful stream of cultural and community floats, local groups, entertainers and brass bands. Starting at Waratah Street and travelling south along Pakington Street Geelong West, the parade embodies cultural diversity, dynamism and colorfulness, and above all else cooperation, creativity and the promotion of our humanity.
Pako Festa sends a strong message in these troubled times in which we live, demonstrating our preparedness to interact with, work with, and treat each other with dignity and respect. It demolishes the walls of division and conflicts, bringing everyone together in a spirit of understanding, acceptance and a celebration of life itself.
From 9am, the street will start to fill with people who've come to browse through the eclectic range of stalls, selling everything from ethnic fashion to fairy wings. There will be brilliant buskers, a smorgasbord of cultural and local foods and a string of roving street performers intent on keeping you smiling. With over 200 retail and food outlets in Pakington Street, there is no excuse not to find a bargain plus, delicious food to satisfy the soul!
Around midday, as the parade ends, join us in West Park for the official opening of the event. Then, over the course of the afternoon, stay and experience the street pulsating to the beat of back-to-back performances across a number of world music stages. Hundreds of performers from a myriad of multicultural backgrounds present traditional and modern music, dance and song. As well as introducing members from some of our newest local communities, the event continues to attract dedicated local community groups who have performed at every Pako Festa since 1983!
THE PAKINGTON STRAND CHILDREN’S ACTVITY ZONE
Don’t miss RockUp's Mobile Rock Climbing Wall is the biggest in Victoria, a unique experience for the whole family. Getting to the top and ringing the bell lets everyone know you made it!
If rock climbing is not your thing join the circus for the afternoon and try your hand at juggling, hula hoop, spinning plates and more, with the lovely instructors from Geelong’s very own circus school, CircArts! There will be four FREE 1-hour circus workshops, starting from 12.30pm.
And finally Come and Try Netball Victoria invites children to learn game skills including footwork, passing and goal shooting. Kids can also come and try the fun ‘obstacle course’ set up with cones and netball rings, among a range of fully staff supervised activities.
The Pakington Strand Activity Zone is located at the Pakington Strand along the northern end of Pakington Street. (please refer to map)
Carmen Miranda Bar
Relax with a drink at the designated licensed Furphy Carmen Miranda Bar, and perhaps try a
delicious lunch prepared by ROOK Sri Lankan Fusion by while enjoying the colourful live entertainment on show at the Diversitat Stage in Albert Street, from 12noon – 6.30pm.
Local Makers and Growers AreaOpposite Geelong West Post Office 9am – 5pm
Chat to this dynamic and passionate group of volunteers about how you can make a difference and take action on climate change.
Learn about the Community Energy (CORE) Revolution happening right here in Geelong; the Sustainability Directory –a free guide promoting smarter choices and more sustainable lifestyles, Life Learning –fun affordable classes for curious people and Meet the Experts – building or renovating for energy efficiency in your home.
Enjoy a free Potting Workshop from 1pm-3pm.
Tantalise your kid's creative juices with Urban Upcycle, crafting with repurposed items to create an abundance of pretend play food that will last way past lunch time!
Visit Diversitat Arts to discover a collection of handmade products produced right here in Geelong by Diversitat’s Stitch, Craft Circle and Kulo Arts Program– Karen and Karenni Weavers.
Courthouse Youth Arts
Geelong’s young and emerging visual artists and performers take creative risks and conceive relevant and contemporary programming in a creative, encouraging and inclusive environment. Patrons are invited to participate in a live, interactive experiment, creating a sonic painting that develops into a digital landscape.
Little Pot of Horris (Plantasaurus rex)
‘Horris’ is the latest creation for the Festive Factory team. Combining state of the art animatronics with puppetry on a massive scale, to produce an ‘Interactive plant-like’ creature. Visit Horris from 1pm.
Furphy Pop Up Bar 12pm-5pm
Come and discover one of Geelong’s finest brews in a relaxed setting while you listen to local music, presented by Geelong Folk Club and introducing, for the first time at Pako Festa ,the Meltdown Toasties Food Truck.
Geelong Folk Club Stage Program
1.40pm Robert Blair & Tony
2.15pm Geelong Sustainability - Pop-Up Talks
2.30pm Jonathan Gardner
3.10pm Which Witch is Which
3.50pm Michael Waugh
4.30pm Isabella Khalife