Malahang Community Festival is a free and family-friendly event celebrating the local community. It’s a fun, exciting and safe day for the whole family with music, games, competitions, stalls, food and information. 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.
We had some delicious food stalls this year with vegan, Halal, vegetarian options from The Gozleme Station, Dum & Dumpling, a community BBQ and much more! - there was something tasty for everyone!
The sporting fields were filled with activities with Melbourne City Football club setting up a pitch for 5-on-a-side Soccer games, Rec-Link ran Volleyball all day and Melbourne Disc Golf playing in the trees.
There were plenty of activities to experience, with stallholders providing everything from henna tattoos, monster bubbles, making a cloak and even a snake pit!
2018 Wrap Up!
Malahang Main Stage
There was a full program of performances and demonstrations by Anti-Gravity Circus performance, Super Mande African Percussion, Melbourne Contemporary Choir, Lotus Middle Eastern Dance Troupe, Keynote Singers and POW Acrobats.
The finale was a new addition to the festival, an Upcycled Multicultural Fashion Show - including the Textile Art Community and Somali Modest and Glam Dress for men and women with MC Najma Ali, Mrs. Australia Globe!
To wrap it all up - a KISS costumed cover band with Jets Studio and Shop 48!
Malahang Melting Pot Stage
A fusion of food and culture – featured live cultural cooking demonstrations with donated vegies and herbs from the local community gardens to satisfy every taste and the opportunity to sample the different cuisines prepared.
Back by popular demand, the Banyule Has Talent stage showcased some of the local communities’ best talent. There was singing, there was plenty of dancing!
In between heats of Banyule Has Talent we had performances by St Pius School Choir and the Exiled on High Street band!
Olympic Village Makers Market
Packed to the brim with local artists, collectors and trinket sellers, the Olympic Village Makers Market took over a massive section of the Malahang Festival site. Just in time for early Christmas shopping.
If you are interested in finding our more about the Olympic Village Makers Market please contact them directly by clicking this link: Olympic Village Makers Market.
Environment and Sustainability
This year Banyule City Council’s Environment team had everything you needed to know to satisfy your sustainability needs! There were giveaways, the compost doctors are involved and there was even be a community education snake show by Black Snake Productions.
Arts and Crafts
Whether it’s with Banyule Council’s Early Years, Health team, Community Services team or Banyule Leisure, there was loads of arts activities and making spaces for everyone to try out their artistic skills including yummy snack cups, a team cloak creation project, projection tent and an interactive photo booth!
Banyule's Youth Services tent was a hive of activity where you could get your hair braided, be daring with a temporary tattoo or get creative making your own badges!
Jets Studio was also involved in the Main Stage finale act with a KISS cover band to round out the day.
Sensory Safe Chill Out Space
If the sights and sounds of the festival became a bit too much attendees could retreat into the Yarra Plenty Regional Library marquee for some quiet activity or even just rest their legs and relax into a beanbag. Please download our Sensory Safe Social Story.
Be a Sponsor for 2019! Connect your business to the local community!
This is a wonderful opportunity to speak to a larger audience and showcase your community involvement. Community events such as these would not be possible without the generous support of local organisations and businesses like yours. Your support will ensure that we can deliver high quality experiences which are enjoyable and free to attend.
If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of our festivals and events, please contact our Festival Officer, Margaret Summerton or by email at Margaret.email@example.com