Laverton to host annual Block Party with music, art, food and more

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Free creative workshops for adults and children, live entertainment and multicultural food will all make for a great day at the annual Woods Street Arts Space Block Party in Laverton.

Wheelies coffee will be there, Mesh Mash will open their shop and studio space and offer a free “print your own tote bag” workshop, while Little Art Big Art will run children’s art workshops.

Wetlands Ward Councillor Colleen Gates said the Block Party has been a growing success for the past few years, providing Hobsons Bay residents with the opportunity to experience other cultures.

“The event fosters a sense of connection with locals and celebrates our cultural diversity as a community,” said Cr Gates.

“Many of the shops in the precinct offer delicious multicultural foods and we showcase this through the Block Party Menu.”

Wetlands Ward Councillor and Deputy Mayor Michael Grech said Council was excited to partner with Soul4GIVE who have put together a fantastic Indigenous-led music program that celebrates identity, community and culture.

“There will be performances by high profile acts and Hobsons Bay residents include Robbie Batzke of Soul4GIVE, renowned musician Bart Willoughby and Wiradjuri Soprano, Shauntai Batzke,” said Cr Grech.

“We have an amazing array of Indigenous artists in our own backyard so it’s great to be showcasing this local talent.”

The event also includes a performance by the Reclaim Choir performing songs in Boonwurrung and Wiradjuri language from the Dhungala Choral Connection Songbook. Those interested can join SOUL4 Give at rehearsals on Sundays during the lead up to the Block Party. To join the choir go to the Woods Street Arts Space Facebook page. All are welcome.

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