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Australia Day Festival celebrates community and diversity

Australia Day Festival celebrates community and diversity

15 January 2019

The award-winning Greater Dandenong Australia Day Festival is back again in 2019 and it will be bigger and better than ever.

Now in its 58th year the Australia Day event at Dandenong Park is a celebration of community and diversity.

The festival incorporates the Australia Day Awards and is sponsored by Leader Community Newspapers, Bank of Melbourne and Freeza.

Greater Dandenong Mayor Councillor Roz Blades said the Australia Day Festival, held in Dandenong Park, was a celebration of community and diversity.

“The City of Greater Dandenong is now officially recognised as Australia’s most culturally diverse community,” she said.

“We understand that Australia Day means different things to different people.  We also acknowledge this can be a difficult day for some members of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and we are respectful of that.”

“As a Council we see this festival as a chance to celebrate what connects us, including our similarities and our differences,’ Mayor Blades said.

More than 11,000 people are expected to attend the celebrations on Saturday, 26 January.

The all-ages festival will feature live music, arts and crafts workshops, roving performers, rides (cost between $2 and $6), family activities and food and market stalls.

This year’s line-up also includes acrobatics, cultural performances, Freeza performances and acclaimed children’s act the Kazoos.

The highlight of the event will be the Australia Day fireworks at 9.25pm which will be accompanied with live music from the Stereo Stars Feature Band.

The Australia Day Festival will be held on Saturday, 26 January from 3pm to 9.30pm at Dandenong Park, Pultney Street Dandenong.

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