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Saturday, 21 January 2012

The Piers Festival, Saturday 28 January

The Piers Festival

Saturday 28 January



Come along to the Piers Festival SATURDAY 28 JANUARY -FREE EVENT-a celebration of migration at Station Pier & Princes Pier in Port Melbourne

From the goldrush to wartime, from post-war migration to cruise shipping, Station and Princes Piers have played a pivotal role in Victoria’s growth and offered a gateway to the great diversity of cultures that enrich our community. Multicultural Arts Victoria cordially invites you and your community to join us at the Piers Festival.

Station Pier Cruise Terminal OPEN DAY from 12 to 4pm
Location: Cruise Terminal, Station Pier (the south end of the pier)

Learn about the history of the pier by experiencing the historical display put together by the ImmigrationMuseum
Witness the stunning images of the Blessing of the Waters ceremony held by the Greek Orthodox community at this site by local photographer Georgia Metaxas
Go on a journey through time with a stunning screening of Dall’Italia All’Australia (from Italy to Australia), impressions of the voyage of the SS Regina d’Italia towards the mysterious Orient and the fascinating Far South, filmed between August and September 1924. Live musical accompaniment by I Viaggiatori, comprised of ARIA Award winners Kavisha Mazzella and Irene Vella and three others playing romantic and earthy 19th century, Italian folk music.

Film Screenings at 12:30 – 1:30pm and at 2:30 – 3:30pm. Spaces to film screenings limited. RSVP essential by only to fiesta@multiculturalarts.com.au

Princes Pier Cultural Program from 1 to 9:30pm
Location: off Pier Street, Port Melbourne

World music and dance program, food and craft stalls, fireworks, tall ship Enterprize and lots more!
THE MELBOURNE SKA ORCHESTRA …25 piece band with special multicultural guests
SOL NATION …reggae, samba, funk with a splash of East Timorese folk
MANASIS DANCE …Greek traditional dance for all to join in
THE LOST CLOG … Lithuanian harmonies with a dash of humour
BITSAT …authentic and soulful Ethiopian music
VERCHOVYNA ENSEMBLE …dynamic and colourful display of Ukrainian culture
ARTE KANELA …Australia’s leading flamenco music and dance act
SHLJIVOVITZ ORCHESTRA WITH SERBIAN DANCERS…Balkan tunes to get the heart pumping
TE HONONGA O NGA IWI …powerful Maori harmonies, haka and pois twirling
MEHTER OTTOMAN MARCHING BAND …powerful vocals and drums from Turkish community
VICTORIA POLICE PIPE BAND …playing many highland favourites for the Scottish & Irish dancers

More information: fiesta@multiculturalarts.com.au