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Malahang Community Festival

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Festival Info

Sunday 20 November 2016, 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.  Thousands of locals come to the festival which is accessible for 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.

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10:00am              St Pius X Primary School performance

                            Opening this year’s festival are the talented students from St Pius X Primary School who will amaze you with their budding talents                

10:30am              Welcome to Country & Mayoral Welcome

                             Join us in acknowledging the Wurundjeri Willam people, the traditional owners of this land

10:45am              Black Snake animal show

                            The Black Snake will bring a scaled selection of slithery native animals for you to see and even touch… if you’re brave enough!                 

11:15am              Aboriginal Warrior Games Demonstration - Murnong Dave

11:30am              Robbie McAlpine band

                            Winner of last year’s Banyule Has Talent competition, local artist Robbie McAlpine and his band will blow you away with their musical stylings

12:00pm              Ruccis Circus

                             Watch the Ruccis Circus troupe bend, stretch and flex their way into all sorts of uncomfortable and unimaginable positions!      

12:30pm              Tama Tatau

                             Traditional Samoan dance, it’s high energy, highly entertaining, and there’s a high chance you could join in and learn some steps!         

1:00pm                 Keynote Singers

                              Local favourites the Keynote Singers are back to share their love of music with the festival

1:20pm                 Kinneman Dancing Spirits

                             Created to teach young Indigenous children about their culture through song, dance and music, the Kinneman Dancing Spirits will share their culture with the festival                                  through their performance                         

2:00pm                Charles La Trobe College performance

                             Join the students of Charles La Trobe College and hear them sing some of their favourite songs

2:20pm                Amaru Tribe

                             Led by Oscar Jimiez, this small tribe of 6 musicians has created their own Latin inspired genre of music called Oceanic Cumbia

3:00pm                Rhythm of Life African Drumming

                             Another festival favourite returns with Rhythm of Life sharing their passion for traditional African percussion



Join us in the Melting Pot stage for a fusion of food, dance, music and culture. Featuring live cultural cooking demonstrations, as you sample the food prepared by each chef you will also get to enjoy a performance from the same culture!

10:45am              Aboriginal cuisine with Uncle Alan Wiki

                             Local Indigenous Elder Uncle Alan will share the secrets of how to make the perfect kangaroo with plum sauce

11:30am              Aboriginal dance

                             From the local Barbunnin Beek community, the Yuloo Dancers will share their culture through their traditional dance    

12:00pm              Lebanese cuisine with Adam Raad

                             Local business owner Adam Raad will share his recipe for Halal Lamb Kofta with Hummus   

12:45pm              Belly Dancing   

                             Local dancer Alia Kananghinis will show you how to swivel your hips in the ancient art form of belly dancing    

1:15pm                Indian cuisine with Uma Vijay

                             Long time Banyule resident and local business owner Uma Vijai will be whipping up an Eggplant Curry with Coconut Rice   

2:00pm                Bollywood Dance

                             Energy, colour and sound will take over the kitchen stage with Bollywood dance troupe taking the stage    

2:30pm                Somali cuisine with Waris

                             Direct from her café at the Bell St Mall, Waris will be preparing Injera pancakes, one of Somalia’s staple dishes        

3:15pm                 Somali tea with AWAG

                             The African Women’s Action Group (AWAG) will educate us all about the importance of tea within Somali culture as we all taste their traditional b

3:20pm                 Somali music



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.




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.


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.


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!


With local clubs on hand there will be come and try clinics for Netball, Basketball, Hockey, Soccer and AFL. Come and have a play and a chat with the local sports clubs about their programs.


Murnong Dave will demonstrate the use of the Aboriginal warrior's toolkit, which includes spears, boomerangs, shield and club.


Come and learn to juggle, balance and wiggle a hula-hoop around your hips as the Ruccis Circus troupe show you the tricks of the trade. Just look for their big red aerial rig!


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 - by the Yarra Plenty Regional Library

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.


Did we mention that we have a giant slide? We do! It’s simple, it’s fun, it’s free… it’s GIANT!



Malahang Reserve
Corner of Southern Rd and Oriel Rd,
Heidelberg West. Melway Ref 31 F1


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.


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 Waterdale:. 



And Festival Supporter Bank of Melbourne:

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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 to


Stallholder applications for The Malahang Community Festival 2016 are now closed. Should you wish to apply as an Olympic Village Makers Market stall please contact

Contact for more information on how you can be involved in this year's festival.