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Malahang Community Festival

Sunday 19 November 2017, 10am - 4pm 

Malahang Community Festival is a free and family-friendly event celebrating your local community. It’s a safe, fun and exciting day for the whole family with music, games, competitions, stalls, food and information. Join thousands of others who come to celebrate a day long festival, accessible to people from all walks of life.

Malahang Community Festival is a fantastic opportunity for local artists, community groups, traders and other organisations to be seen and heard as well as meet and interact with the local community.

Bring along a picnic or grab a sausage for a gold coin from the Community BBQ and sit back and enjoy the entertainment or get involved in some of the awesome activities.



What's On

Malahang Main Stage

A full program of performances and demonstrations by musicians, dancers, choirs, drummers, cultural groups and more!   

10:15am        Charles La Trobe College Performance

10:40am        The Material Girls (Enviro Entertainment)

11:00am        Welcome to Country & Mayoral Welcome
                      Join us in acknowledging the Wurundjeri Willam people, the traditional owners of this land             

11:15am        Lotus Middle Eastern Dance Troupe

11:45am        Rhythm of Life African Drumming

12:20pm        The Woodville Trio (acoustic band)

12:50pm        Keynote Singers (Community Choir)

1:20pm          North East Melbourne Chinese Association (Chinese Dance)

1:50pm          Yuloo Dancers (Aboriginal Dance)

2:20pm          St Pius X Primary School Choir

2:40pm          Eco Organiser (De-Clutter Presentation)

2:55pm          Freeza Crowd (60s Blues Rock Band)

3:25pm          Christian Dimarco (DJ with woodwinds)

Malahang Melting Pot Stage

A fusion of food and culture – featuring live cultural cooking demonstrations and the opportunity to sample the different cuisines prepared

10:00am        Sumia Humida - Sudanese - Eggplant Salad

11:00am        Adam Raad - Lebanese - Chickpea Falafel and Tahini Sauce

12:00pm        Mikoto Akari - Japanese - Veggie Brown Rice Sushi & Marinated Tofu

1:00pm          Ita Andehui - Mexican - Barbacoa Tacos & Guacamole

2:00pm          Allan Wickey - Aboriginal - Kangaroo Steak with Plum Sauce

3:00pm          Mahshid Babzartabi - Iranian - Eggplant Dip (Mirza Ghasemi) 

Youth Zone

With skate & scooter competitions in the morning and hip hop MC’s and dancers on the Youth Stage in the arvo, Banyule Youth Services and Jets have you covered!  

Olympic Village Makers Market

Packed to the brim with local artists, collectors and trinket sellers, the Olympic Village Makers Market will take over a massive section of the Malahang Festival site. Just in time for your early Christmas shopping, make sure you wander through and see what’s on offer.

Banyule Has Talent Stage

Back by popular demand, the Banyule Has Talent stage will showcase some of the local communities’ best talent. There will be singing, there will be dancing, there will be karaoke! You too can have you 3 minutes of fame and step onto the stage to belt out your favourite ballad when the karaoke machine rolls out in-between the competition performers.   

Environment and Sustainability

This year Banyule City Council’s Environment team has everything you need to know to satisfy your sustainability needs! Bring your excess lemons or tomatoes and join in the veggie swap run by Transition 3081, grab some free native plant seedlings and get info on your local environment.

Arts and Crafts

Whether it’s with Banyule Council’s Early Years or Health team or one of many local community groups, there will be loads of arts activities and making spaces for you to try out your artistic skills.

Sensory Safe Chill Out Space

If the sights and sounds of the festival get a bit too much you can retreat into the Yarra Plenty Regional Library marquee for some quiet activity or even just rest your legs and relax into a beanbag. Please download our Sensory Safe Social Story.

More details

For all the details, times and a map take a look at the festival guide and program.


All stallholder applications for the Malahang Community Festival are closed for 2017.

Should you wish to apply as an Olympic Village Makers Market stall please contact the Olympic Village Makers Market.

How to get there

Malahang Reserve
Corner of Southern Rd and Oriel Rd,
Heidelberg West


Why not walk or ride your bike to the Malahang Community Festival? It’s the environmental option and it saves you searching for a car park as there is limited street parking available.

Public Transport

There are several bus routes to get you here.
Pick up a Travel Smart Map from a Council Service Centre, or go to for more info. The 903, 250 and 517 buses are all excellent options.


If you plan on driving to the festival, please ensure you follow ALL permanent and temporary parking signs. Please do not block driveways or park on Southern Rd. Traffic officers will book vehicles parked illegally.


Accessible parking is available in the Malahang Reserve car park for people with a disabled parking permit. The Phonic Ear system is available for the main stage and there are accessible toilets on-site.

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We'd like to thank our valued Festival Partner BlueCross Ivanhoe.



If you are interested in becoming a sponsor to our festivals and events, please contact our Festival Officer, Jacqui Ratcliffe on 9457 9936 or by email at



We are looking for volunteers to assist both pre-event and event day and have a range of shift time’s dependant on your availability.

We are looking for people to help out on event day with bump in/out, managing traffic, monitoring stallholders, liaising with artists and other general assistance.

If you are interested in volunteering and being a part of the Malahang team please fill out the form, and send back by Wednesday 8th November. Don’t forget those under 18 must have a parent or guardian sign the form.

Volunteer Application Form

Please return to:

Arts Officer
Banyule City Council
Leisure & Cultural Services Department

PO BOX 94, Greensborough 3088
Fax: 9499-1391 Telephone: 9490-4222