2019 Darebin Community & Kite Festival, Melbourne Australia.

by Steven Sklifas
2019 Darebin Community and Kite Festival. Australia.

On Sunday March 24th, 2019 I went along to the annual Darebin Community & Kite Festival which was held at Edwardes Lake Park the northern Melbourne suburb of Reservoir. Reservoir is where I live, and Edwardes Lake Park has been a favourite stomping ground of mine for many years.

A perennial favourite, the large-scale, open-air, cultural and community celebration drew thousands of people and featured face painting, storytelling, dance and arts activities, international food, creative arts workshops and a Pet Expo.

Numerous bands played live music on two separate stages including the renowned Greek-Australian band Polyxeni and a band that I heard for the first time ‘Teenage Dads’, a quad-psych-pop band with blasting synths and catchy melodies. I think they have a bright future.

Of course, the highlight for most, especially those of us who can’t let go of their youth, was the Kite flying. The sunny blue sky above was a sea of dazzling and colourful kites of various shapes and themes of festival-goers who made their own kite and took to the kite-flying on the (thankfully) windy arena.

As a long-time tree hugging, tofu eating, mother earth defender and peace loving radical, I would like to finish by applauding the Darebin council on their ‘Single-use Plastic Free Events Policy’. From what I could see this policy was in play at the festival which prohibits plastic bags, cups, bowls, plates, cutlery, take away containers, bottled water, cling wrap, straws and balloons and other similar items at events.

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