The Piers Festival will bring the Port Melbourne piers precinct to life with a spectacular display of music, dance, markets, exhibitions, forums and more. This colourful celebration of Melbourne's diversity will link in with Victoria's Australia Day activities and highlight the state's rich history of migration.
The Piers Festival will run on Princes Pier from 12 to 9:30pm. The event is free, family friendly and will culminate with fireworks.
The Piers Festival 2014 will host a wonderful spread of musical artists, including jazz and salsa legend Jimmy Bosch (USA/Puerto Rico) and the Salsa Kingz, Russian thieve music by VulgarGrad, classical Indian vocals and a Greek music spectacular. Audiences can also take part in an equally diverse array of dance including Albanian, Sri Lankan, Welsh and world-renowned African drumming and dance performers Asanti Dance Theatre. There will also be diverse food, arts & crafts, photo & historical exhibitions, storytelling, choirs and kid's activities. There will be something for everyone with even more artists to be announced!
A special feature of the Festival is the Migration Forums where the audience will hear some incredible stories that draw out the universal experience of the migrant. Guest speakers from some of Melbourne's key migrant communities - both established and emerging - will share poignant memories about their experiences of leaving their homelands, their journey by land, sea or sky and how they built their new lives in Australia.
For more information on this event, visit the website or call Multicultural Arts Victoria on 03 9188 3681
Content: Multicultural Arts Victoria