Annual Events Program

Backyard Harvest Festival

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Held annually in November, the Backyard Harvest Festival is a celebration of home food growing traditions. Learn from passionate and knowledgeable local experts from a diversity of cultures. Visit home gardens, participate in gardening workshops and get inspired to create your own food garden this spring!

Presented by Darebin Council in partnership with the Darebin Ethnic Communities Council (DECC), The Backyard Harvest Festival has inspired home gardeners since it first began in 2011.

In 2016, the festival takes place from Saturday 19 - Sunday 27 November on weekends and early evenings during the week.

16 of Darebin's residential fruit and vegetable gardens will be open for display, and there are seven different workshops to attend on everything from aquaponics to keeping chooks and quails and water efficient gardening.

Download the The Backyard Harvest Festival program.

Bookings are essential and are via Eventbrite, or contact Tina Stagg on 8470 8673, email tina.stagg@darebin.vic.gov.au

Tours and workshops cost $10 ($5 concession), Children are free

Take advantage of our 20% off the ticket price when you attend 3 or more events. Enter the promotional code MultiBYH16 in the ticket selection box OF EACH OF THE 3 or more EVENTS BOOKED. Don't just enter it at the last event - YOU MUST ENTER THE PROMOTIONAL CODE WHEN BOOKING EVERY EVENT to get the full discount.

Are you interested in volunteering or opening your garden at the next festival?
 
Click here to fill out the on-line Expression of Interest form or visit any Customer Service Centre to request a hard copy version.
 
Further Information
Sustainable Food Officer
Ph: 8470 8392
Email: lee.tozzi@darebin.vic.gov.au
Video: Backyard Harvest Festival 2011/2012

Carols in All Nations

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A perfect family night out under the stars, enjoying the musical talents from local choirs and picking up treasures from the market stalls.

Bring a picnic, your best singing voice and celebrate Christmas with your community. This free event features performances from local choirs, music, community market stalls, sausage sizzle and more!

The next Carols in All Nations is on Saturday 10 December 2016, 6-9.30pm. For more information, visit Darebin Arts.

Citizenship Ceremonies

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Congratulations on deciding to become an Australian Citizen! Find dates of Citizenship Ceremonies held at Darebin and what to bring on your big day.

The Mayor of Darebin hosts the Citizenship Ceremonies, which are also attended by key speakers representing Federal and State Parliament. 

You will need to apply to become an Australian citizen through the Department of Immigration and Border Protection .

Ph: 131 880
Website: www.citizenship.gov.au 

When and where will the ceremony be held?
Once your application for Australian citizenship is approved the Department of Immigration and Border Protection will send you a letter to advise which ceremony to attend and when.

You can only attend the Citizenship Ceremony assigned to you in the letter sent by the Department of Immigration & Citizenship.

Duration: The ceremony lasts 1 hour with refreshments served afterwards.
Food and Drinks: Light meal and refreshments are provided.
Guests: Family and friends are welcome and encouraged to attend. It's a celebration!

Citizenship Ceremonies for 2017

  • Thursday 26 January - Australia Day
    City Hall, 280 Gower Street, Preston 
    10.00am doors open for registration
    11.00am Ceremony Commences
  • Friday 24 February
    Northcote Town Hall, High Street, Northcote
    6.00pm doors open for registration
    7.00pm Ceremony Commences
  • Wednesday 19 April
    City Hall, 280 Gower Street, Preston 
    6.00pm doors open for registration
    7.00pm Ceremony Commences
  • Wednesday 28 June
    City Hall, 280 Gower Street, Preston 
    6.00pm doors open for registration
    7.00pm Ceremony Commences
  • Wednesday 2 August
    City Hall, 280 Gower Street, Preston 
    6.00pm doors open for registration
    7.00pm Ceremony Commences
  • Sunday 17 September - National Citizenship Day
    City Hall, 280 Gower Street, Preston 
    10.00am doors open for registration
    11.00am Ceremony Commences
  • Wednesday 8 November
    City Hall, 280 Gower Street, Preston 
    6.00pm doors open for registration
    7.00pm Ceremony Commences

What happens if I cannot attend a Citizenship Ceremony?
Contact the Department of Immigration and Citizenship if you have a special request or cannot attend your assigned ceremony date.

Department of Immigration & Citizenship
Ph: 131 880
Website: www.citizenship.gov.au 

Registration at the Citizenship Ceremony

  • Register on the day of the ceremony with a Council Officer no later than 15 minutes before the ceremony commences.
  • Please bring along your letter from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship.
  • Bring along your photo identification (e.g. passport or drivers license).
  • Advise during registration if your contact details have changed (e.g. address, phone number or surname).
Further Information
Bronwyn
Civic Events and Engagement Officer
Creative Culture and Events
Ph: 8470 8551
Email: civicevents@darebin.vic.gov.au

Multilingual Telephone Line (We Speak Your Language)
Ph: (03) 8470 8470
Video: What can you expect at the next citizenship ceremony? Watch the celebrations from Australian Citizenship Day held on 17 September 2016.

Darebin Community and Kite Festival

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The Darebin Community and Kite Festival is a perennial favourite. Held in picturesque Edwardes Lake Park in Reservoir, the festival is a large-scale, outdoor, cultural and community celebration.

It is a fun, free and immersive festival that offers a broad range of performances, workshops, community stalls, a pet expo, food and beverages, and of course, kite flying!

Gather your family and friends, bring a kite if you have one (or make one on the day!) and come along and celebrate with the Darebin community.

The Darebin Community and Kite Festival is part of Darebin Arts’ True North program.

Sunday 26 March 2017

Darebin Music Feast

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Every year, Melbourne’s thriving music community comes together to celebrate songwriting and music at the Darebin Music Feast. This rich and diverse collection of musical events is built on the philosophy that music brings people together and can be enjoyed by all.

Darebin's Music Feast celebrates 20 years with an incredible lineup. Taking place from Thursday October 27 to Sunday November 6, the Darebin Music Feast will span more than 40 venues and feature more than 600 artists over 11 days. The event's program is an explosion of activity that ranges from industry panels, family workshops, live discussions, dance parties, interactive installations and more.

Few municipalities in Melbourne can boast the boundless creativity of Darebin. Taking in Thornbury, Northcote, Reservoir, Preston, Macleod, Fairfield, Bundoora, Alphington and Kingsbury, Darebin boasts a veritable bounty of talent and is brimming with art, music and dedication to culture.

For updates and news about this event, and opportunities to be involved, visit the Darebin Music Feast website.

FReeZA

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The FReeZA program is a part of the Victorian State Government funded FReeZA initiative that gives young people the opportunity to lead the planning and staging of live music and cultural events within their local communities.
As one of 78 state-wide providers, the FReeZA program also provides important performance opportunities for local musicians and emerging artists to showcase their talent through competitions such as the Victorian FReeZA Push Start Battle of the Bands.

All FReeZA events are fully supervised, drug, alcohol and smoke-free.

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Homemade Food and Wine Festival

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Celebrate food traditions and sustainable food practices at the Darebin Homemade Food & Wine Festival.

Held in various locations around central Preston, the week-long program features workshops, seminars, demonstrations and special events, culminating in the ‘meet the makers’ showcase where you can enjoy free beer and wine tastings.

You can also enter your own homemade wine, beer, passata, ajvar or olives into competition.

The last Darebin Homemade Food & Wine Festival was held from 9 - 15 May 2016. For more details please visit www.darebinarts.com.au/foodandwine.

International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Transphobia

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This year again, we will proudly fly the Rainbow Flag to mark International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia (IDAHOT). Join us to celebrate the day and our LGBTIQ community with a suite of events!
Celebrated annually on 17 May, International day against homphobia, biphobia and transphobia (IDAHOT) is recognised worldwide as the date when discrimination and human rights abuses against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) communities are acknowledged and when LGBTIQ people and their allies take a stand against discrimination.

In Darebin, we are proud of our diverse community. Being the closest level of government to the community, we believe that we have an important role in challenging homophobia, biphobia and transphobia and promoting social inclusion and human rights for all, regardless of sexuality, sex characteristics or gender identity. 

We recognise that discrimination on the basis of sex characteristics, gender identity and sexuality can have serious negative consequences on the social and emotional wellbeing of our residents.  As such, we are committed to strengthening community cohesion and connectedness by celebrating diversity and promoting respect for all.

To celebrate IDAHOT 2016, join us at one of these events:

  • Rainbow flag-raising and community conversation: Tuesday 17 May 2016, 10am-12pm, Preston.
    • Mark the day by attending our raising of the rainbow flag at the Preston Town Hall at 10am.
    • Then join us at 10.30am at the Darebin Intercultural Centre to listen to Monique Hameed, from the Multicultural Centre for Women's Health, speak about her work with young same-sex attracted women from immigrant and refugee communities.
    • All welcome to the flag-raising ceremony, but please RSVP  to the intercultural centre for the community conversation.
    • All details are here!
  • Screening of Gayby Baby: Tuesday 17 May 2016, 7pm-8pm, Reservoir.
    • Come and join us at the Reservoir Library, 23 Edwardes Street for the screening of acclaimed Australian documentary, Gayby Baby.
    • Gayby Baby observes the lives of four children whose parents are either gay or lesbian and explores the ways in which growing up as a ‘gayby’ has affected them.
    • Free but registration essential. All details are here!

    On May 17, come and celebrate the strength, resilience and contributions of Darebin LGBTIQ residents with us!

And if you're in a neighbouring municipality, why not join one of these events?

  • in Moreland:
    • Launch of #ThisCampaignIsQueer on Monday 16 May 2016 at 5.30 pm at Brunswick Town Hall, 233 Sydney Road, Brunswick
    • Intergenerational Queer story share at East Coburg Community House 32 Nicholson Street, East Coburg on Tuesday 17 May 2016 at 6.30 pm
  • in Banyule:
    • Launch of ‘Inclusion: What Makes a Family Photography Exhibition on Saturday 14 May  at 10:30am at Banyule Council Offices, 275 Upper Heidelberg, Ivanhoe

    • Rainbow Flag Raising Ceremony and Morning Tea on Tuesday 17 May  at 11:00am at Banyule Council Offices, 275 Upper Heidelberg, Ivanhoe

    • IDAHOT Party, a night of comedy and music with Tom Ballard and Bluehouse on Tuesday 17 May at 6pm at Max’s Burger Bar, Cnr Rattray Rd and Were St, Montmorency

International Women's Day

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We celebrate International Women’s Day with events and activities taking place in the municipality throughout the whole month of March!

March the 8th is a global day of recognition and celebration of women’s social, political, cultural and economic achievements. It is also a day that invites reflection and action to combat gender-based discrimination and violence. 

Council has a range of events on to celebrate International Women's Day, notably the Molly Hadfield Social Justice Oration, instituted by Council in 2013 as a tribute to Darebin resident Molly Hadfield OAM, who worked tirelessly throughout her life to advance women’s and seniors’ rights.  The oration provides an ongoing platform for exploring and understanding key social justice issues of interest to women in our community.   

The inaugural oration was delivered by prominent women's rights activist Mary Crooks AO in 2014 and by human rights advocate, curator and author Tasneem Chopra in 2015.
This year the oration was delivered by social commentator, writer and activist Celeste Liddle, supported by spoken word performance from local poet, Jan Earthstar.

Koorie Pride Youth Festival

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Held annually in April in Preston, Koorie Pride features main stage programming all day, market stalls, kids’ activities and a barbecue.

Presented in partnership with Songlines Aboriginal Music, Koorie Pride Festival showcases the work of young Indigenous performers.

 


National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC)

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NAIDOC Week 2016 will run from 3-10 July and is an opportunity for all Australians to come together to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait people.

Darebin City Council invites you to join us free celebrations for NAIDOC Week 2016 and contribute to the fostering of positive, respectful relationships between Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and the wider Australian community.

NAIDOC Week Events

Songlines - This year's theme is "Songlines –The living narrative of our nation". Songlines are the oldest living narrative of our nation, and will be the focus for the 2016 NAIDOC Week celebrations. Join us on Monday 4 July for a special ceremony to mark the commencement of NAIDOC Week, more information is available in the Community Calendar.

Drumming Workshop - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth have an opportunity to record their own tunes at a free drumming workshop at Decibels Youth Studio on Thursday 7 July at 2pm. The event is free, but registration is a must, call 8470 8440 or email intercultural@darebin.vic.gov.au.

Indigenous Storytelling for Kids - Joining cultural educator and storyteller and Wamba Wamba man Ron Murray for a unique insight into Indigenous culture. In this workshop, kids will be taken on a journey through Ron’s stories aimed to raise awareness about Indigenous culture and facilitate understanding between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. $10 each.

Loudmouth

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The Loud Mouth theatre program is presented by Darebin City Council and provides quality, contemporary and creative programming specifically designed for children, young teens and families.

Loud Mouth takes place on school holidays at Darebin Arts and Entertainment Centre, with occasional events also held at Northcote Town Hall.

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National Sorry Day and Reconciliation Week

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National Sorry Day is an annual ceremonial event that is held in Australia on 26 May and coincides with the launch of the 1997 ‘Bringing them Home’ report. Reconciliation Week 27 May – 3 June commences on the day after Sorry Day.

National Sorry Day is an Australia-wide observance held on May 26 each year. This day gives people the chance to come together and share the steps towards healing for the Stolen Generations, their families and communities. Stolen generations refer to Indigenous Australians who were forcibly removed from their families and communities.

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is celebrated across Australia each year between 27 May and 3 June. The dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey: the anniversaries of the successful 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision. The week is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements and to explore how each of us can join the national reconciliation effort.

Each year, Darebin City Council recognises and celebrates these significant dates through a number of events across Council.

Pride March

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Darebin at Pride March 2016

We will be participating in the annual Pride March on Sunday 31 January 2016, at 1.30pm for a 2pm start.

This open air celebration sees over 100 groups march down Fitzroy Street (St. Kilda) to express courage, solidarity, pride and diversity of the LGBTIQ community. The program includes assembly at the parkland at the northwest corner of Fitzroy Street and Lakeside Drive and finishes with free performances on the foreshore.

Darebin Council will march in Pride as a demonstration of our commitment to equity and inclusion and our aspiration to create a community where everyone feels included, safe and able to achieve their full potential and wellbeing, regardless of sexuality, sex characteristics or gender identity.

The theme of this 21st annual Pride March is marriage equality – for which Council expressed official support in July 2015

Join us and show your support for a diverse, inclusive community!

When: Sunday 31 January 2016, 1.30pm for a 2pm start
Where
: Meet at the “Darebin’s coming out” banner at the parkland on the corner of Fitzroy Street and Lakeside Drive, St. Kilda.

Ride2Work Day

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Want to make your workplace more bike-friendly and get more of your workmates riding to work? Host a Ride2Work Day breakfast at your workplace on Wednesday 12 October 2016

Ride2Work Day is Australia's biggest celebration of bike riding and the perfect opportunity to have a go at riding to work. Join the thousands of riders across Darebin already on their bikes on Wednesday the 12th of October and experience the difference riding can make to your daily commute. 

There are a number of pop up breakfasts taking place around Darebin on Ride2Work Day, swing by for a bite to eat between 7:00am and 9:00am at:

Northcote Aquatic & Recreation Centre
180 Victoria Street, Northcote

Thornbury Neighbourhood House
131 Shaftesbury Parade, Thornbury

Alphington Community Centre
2 Kelvin Road, Alphington

Tips to plan your ride:

  • Check out our TravelSmart map which has great advice on not only cycling, but walking, public transport and ride sharing. 
  • Our shimmy routes are perfect for anyone wanting to avoid main roads. 
Benefits of bike-friendly workplaces
There are so many benefits to encouraging bike riding in your workplace, including:

 

  • Increased staff health and wellbeing
  • Reduced absenteeism and increased productivity
  • Saving money 
  • Alleviating parking pressures 
  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions
  • Attracting and retaining staff 

For more information about how to make your workplace more bike-friendly, visit Bicycle Network Victoria.

Darebin Seniors Month

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At Darebin we respect and celebrate older people. Each year in October, a range of activities and events take place across Darebin to celebrate older people as part of Victorian Seniors Festival.

This year we have lots of different free and low cost events. From physical activities to arts and crafts, exhibitions to food feasts, and more.

There is something for everyone, and everyone is welcome. So bring your friends and family along.

Some of this year’s highlights

  • Spiritual Healing Trail 
  • Darebin Explorer Bus
  • Exhibition: An Unfinished Journey – Law and Justice for LGBTIQ people in Victoria, 1835 – 2016
  • Celebrating Seniors Multicultural Lunch
  • Reservoir Village Seniors Fun Day

Find an even that interests you in our Springtime Community Events 2016 brochure.

Download it here, or pick up your free copy from one of our Customer Service Centres.

For more information about activities and events for older people in Darebin call us on 8470 8312.

Speakeasy

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Speakeasy is a year-round independent theatre program. Now in its second year, Speakeasy presents creative and challenging contemporary performances by emerging and established artists.
The Speakeasy program is presented at Northcote Town Hall and features artists from across Melbourne and beyond.

Visit the Speakeasy website for upcoming shows and tickets. 

Summer Jamboree

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Summer Jamboree returns for its second outing this January in Northcote Town Hall’s Civic Square
Summer Jamboree will feature a huge program of free entertainment by the best local talent, games and activities for all ages, and refreshing provisions and nourishment from our kiosk bar.

Come pull up a deck chair and make camp in Northcote this Summer. The outdoors have never felt so good.

Friday 23 January 5pm-10.30pm
Saturday 24 January 4pm-10.30pm
Sunday 25 January 2pm-8.30pm
Monday 26 January 11am-8pm - Decibels JJJ Hottest 100 Australia Day Party

Friday 30 January 5pm-10.30pm - Decibels Records Party
Saturday 31 January 4pm-10.30pm
Sunday 1 February  2pm-8.30pm

Sustainable Living Expo

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Visit Darebin's Sustainable Living Expo to learn more about how you can live more in harmony with the planet.

Saturday, 2 April 2016
11am-2pm
Preston City Hall and Preston Shire Hall, Gower Street, Preston

Darebin's Sustainability Expo is a chance for residents from all walks of life to find out more about sustainability and discover easy ways to reduce their impact on the planet with a range of free workshops, group presentations and information stalls.

One workshop well worth checking will be provided by local architects and the Alternative Technology Association who are offering free 10-minute consultations where people can discuss their green home design ideas and renovation plans with architects specialising in sustainable design. 

There’ll also be plenty on for the young ones with face painting, a pedal-powered smoothie maker and green puppetry crew Trash Puppets on hand to teach kids (and adults) to make their very own puppet from recycled waste materials.

Council staff will also be on hand to provide information on solar energy and details about sustainable transport options including car sharing and electric bicycles. And there’ll be a workshop offering tips to reduce food waste – and make good use of unavoidable waste through composting and worm farming.

The program (so far) for the day is as follows... 

11.00am - 2.00 pm - Visit the information stalls of local environmental groups and green businesses

11.00am - 2.00pm - Trash Puppets - learn how to make puppets from waste materials, Bike 'n' Blend - pedal powered smoothie maker and face painting

11.30am - 12.20pm - 10 minute consultations with local architects and the Alternative Technology Association - bring aling your green home design and renovation ideas

12.30pm - Official opening 

12.40pm - 1.30pm - Presentation by local architects about green home design and renovation

We will be adding to the program over the coming weeks, so stay tuned!

True North

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True North is a celebration of arts and community in the creative, culturally diverse suburb of Reservoir.

A rolling series of participatory arts projects and events will delight locals, inspire visitors, and bring people together through sound, illustration, music, dance, food and play. Join us as we explore and celebrate the unique character of this thriving northern suburb. All you have to do is head True North.

January

Overheard in Reservoir
This summer, Oslo Davis hit the pavement as our artist-in-residence. Sketching his encounters with locals in his ever-humorous style, Oslo has produced a local newspaper to pictorially represent the unique character of Reservoir. Our gift to you this January!

February

The Peoples' Tours of Reservoir
Join us for an audio adventure led by Reservoir locals. ABC Open producer Jane Curtis has been busy recording audio tours with unlikely tour guides in unlikely places. Discover bountiful backyards, modernist dreams and multiculturalism at its best through the Peoples Tours of Reservoir. Available for download and broadcast in February 2016.

Outdoor CinemaTrue North is excited to present an Open Air Cinema event especially for Reservoir! Join us from 6pm on Friday, 26 February at Edwardes Lake Park for an evening of family entertainment.

To find out more, visit True North Arts.

Video: Attend a free event, find something to do over the school holidays, or visit public art in your neighbourhood.