Annual Events Program

These Easter school holidays we've got your school holiday fun sorted with heaps of free and low-cost activities in Darebin!

Keon Park Children’s Hub School Holiday Activities

 

Pop-Up Circus Workshop

Friday 12 April

Two workshops will be running for different age groups:

10 am to 12 pm: 4 to 6-year-olds

1 pm to 3 pm: 7 to 11-year-olds

 

Darebin residents are invited to come and join the circus. The circus workshops, run by Krazykoala, give kids the chance to learn a variety of circus skills and perform a spectacular show for the parents and guardians at the end. Tea, coffee and fruit will be available for the parents during the session. Booking is essential as places are limited. When booking, please select the right session for the child's age.

 

Book through Eventbrite or contact Keon Park Children's Hub on 8470 8022 or email keonpark.childrenshub@darebin.vic.gov.au

 

Spaghetti Spaghetti Magic Show

Tuesday 16 April

11 am to 12 pm

 

Darebin residents are invited to enjoy a thrilling magic show called 'Spaghetti Spahetti'. Luigi Zucchini performs ‘Spaghetti Spaghetti’ – a magic show mixed with circus tricks, live animals, juggling, escapes, balloonlogy and fire! The show is most suitable for primary school aged children. Tea, coffee and fruit will be available during the session.

Booking is essential as spaces are limited.

 

Book through Eventbrite or contact Keon Park Children's Hub on  8470 8022 or email keonpark.childrenshub@darebin.vic.gov.au

  

Coco Movie Screening

Tuesday 16 April

2pm – 4pm

 

Darebin residents are invited to enjoy an afternoon of movie entertainment with a screening of Coco. Coco is a family-friendly movie about an aspiring musician Miguel, who enters the Land of the Dead to find his great-great-grandfather, a legendary singer. Everyone is welcome to bring along some snacks for the movie. Tea, coffee and fruit will be available. Booking is essential as spaces are limited.

 

Book through Eventbrite or contact Keon Park Children's Hub on 8470 8022 or email keonpark.childrenshub@darebin.vic.gov.au

  

Northcote Library

 

Spoken Word Workshop
Thursday 11 April

3pm – 5pm

Northcote Library

 

Are you a young person with something to say? We want to hear it!
Learn the art of spoken word poetry in this workshop with Sahida Apsara, also known as Ee’da. Explore writing, rhythm and rhyme and build your confidence on stage. 
This Youth Week event is for 12-30 year olds.

 

Book online or call 1300 655 355.

 

Spoken Word Open Mic featuring Sahida Apsara, Zaynab Farah, Laniyuk and Rhiann Isaacs
Thursday 11 April

6pm - 8pm

Northcote Library

 

Calling all spoken word artists and performance poets aged 12- 30 years.

Join us and tell us what you really think this Youth Week. First timers welcome!

 

Book online or call 1300 655 355.

Darebin Intercultural Centre


Yoga for Young Women

Monday 8 April

11am - 12.30pm

Pearl Room, Level 1, Darebin Intercultural Centre

 

This class is an introduction to yoga for young women. Within a safe space, we will explore mind and body connection, learn more about ourselves and find inner calm and strength. The class will include breath technique, movement, mindfulness meditation and a beautiful craft activity.

Suitable age: 11-14 years

 

Email intercultural@darebin.vic.gov.au or call 8470 8440

 

Movie Screening - Zootopia (PG)

Tuesday 9 April

11am - 1pm

Pearl Room, Level 1, Darebin Intercultural Centre

The modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighbourhoods, it’s a melting pot where animals from every environment live together—a place where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything. Join us for this family-friendly movie filled with loveable characters and a heartfelt message for all about ending racism and prejudice. Movie snacks provided.

Suitable age: 5-12(+) years

 

 Email intercultural@darebin.vic.gov.au or call 8470 8440

 

Dancing Our Connections with Isabella Wháwhai Waru

Wednesday 10 April

11am - 1pm

Preston Shire Hall, 286 Gower St, Preston

Contemporary dance workshop teaching connection to land, pride in our cultures and the value of family and community drawing from community based values of Maori.
Suitable age: 8-12(+) years

Email intercultural@darebin.vic.gov.au or call 8470 8440


Krazy Koala Puppet Show

Thursday 11 April

11am - 12pm

Pearl Room, Level 1, Darebin Intercultural Centre

Come along to a puppet show like no other! Combining live music, stories, dancing and laughter, this puppet show will create a fascinating, inventive world that children can believe in and relate to. Encouraging creativity, imagination and thinking about life values….this is a vibrant show not to be missed!
Suitable age 2-8(+) years

Email intercultural@darebin.vic.gov.au or call 8470 8440


Jungle City Jam

Friday 12 April

11am - 12.30pm

Preston Shire Hall, 286 Gower St, Preston

Learn cultural dance from Jamaica and the African diaspora including fun party step, grooves and technique.
Suitable age 2-8(+) years

Email intercultural@darebin.vic.gov.au or call 8470 8440


Kids Cultural Fun Day

Tuesday 16 April

11am - 1pm

Darebin Intercultural Centre

Come along to this Fun Day of creative and entertaining activities. Learn to play the drums in an African drumming workshop (11am -12pm) and get involved with art & craft activities, a sweet decorating workshop and a community artwork project for the Centre (any time between 11am-1.00pm).
Suitable age: 5-12 years

Email intercultural@darebin.vic.gov.au or call 8470 8440

Indigenous Dance, Stories & Film with Boori Monty Pryor
Thursday 18 April
11am - 1pm
Pearl Room, Level 1, Darebin Intercultural Centre

Celebrate Indigenous culture with author/performer Boori Monty Pryor. There will be didgeridoo playing, Dreamtime stories, personal stories, and the chance to get up and dance! This workshop will be followed by the short film ‘Brown Paper Bag’ starring Monty and inspired by his life’s work.
Suitable age: 5-12 years

Email intercultural@darebin.vic.gov.au or call 8470 8440

In addition to the Council run activities listed on this page, there is also a range of Outside School Hours Care and Vacation Care programs operated by independent organisations across Darebin for primary school children during the holidays. Click here for a full list of holiday programs.

 

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is a global campaign dedicated to ending gender-based violence and raising awareness about the impact of violence against women.

It begins on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (November 25) and ends on International Human Rights Day (December 10) to emphasise that violence against women is a violation of human rights.

The campaign coincides with the Victoria Against Violence 16 Days of Activism campaign which supports the state government’s broader efforts of state wide behaviour change advertising campaign and public awareness campaign.

Each year, Council celebrates these campaigns with a supporting event for the community.

Designing Safe Cities For Women: In Conversation With Dr Nicole Kalms

How do we create safer cities and spaces for women and girls? How does urban design exclude women and marginalised groups? What is the role of gender-sensitive design in fostering individual and community wellbeing? 
Join us as we explore these questions with Dr Nicole Kalms, the Director of XYX Lab and Deputy Associate Dean of Research in the Faculty of Art Design and Architecture at Monash University.

Date and Time: 7-8pm, Tuesday, 4 December 2018
Location: Northcote Library, 32-38 Separation Street, Northcote , VIC 3070
Cost: Free
Register: Here

If you are affected by family violence, contact the National Counselling Helpline, Information and Support on 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732). If you are in immediate danger, call the police on 000 (triple zero).

 

We celebrate International Women’s Day with events and activities across Darebin throughout March.

On Thursday 8 March, individuals, organisations and governments around the world commemorate International Women’s Day.  This day exists to celebrate the social, cultural and political achievements of women but also as a day to raise awareness and take action against gender-based discrimination and violence.

The City of Darebin celebrates international women’s day with special events and activities which take place throughout the municipality during the month of March.

Our key event to celebrate International Women's Day is the Molly Hadfield Social Justice Oration. This is a free public community event held annually in celebration of International Women’s Day. The event is a tribute to well-known Darebin resident Molly Hadfield OAM who worked tirelessly to advance women’s and seniors rights throughout her life. The oration will be delivered by widely published Australian writer of Afro-Caribbean descent, Maxine Beneba Clarke. The evening will also include MC, Lorraine Ngwenya, and performer, Dear Matilda.

 

 

Held annually in March, 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.


The Darebin Community and Kite Festival – Darebin’s largest annual festival – returns to Edwardes Lake Park, Reservoir on Sunday 24 March 2019.

This year’s festival coincides with Cultural Diversity Week, Victoria’s largest multicultural celebration, which encourages Victorians to come together to celebrate our multicultural heritage and identity.

 

Darebin is one of the most diverse communities in Victoria and is home to people from more than 153 countries who speak 148 different languages. About one third of Darebin’s population was born overseas.

 

In keeping with the themes of Cultural Diversity Week, this year’s Darebin Community and Kite Festival will once again represent the many different cultures that make up the fabric of Darebin.

 

Festival-goers will have the chance to make their own kite to fly on the kite-flying field, as well as enjoy other favourite activities including face painting, storytelling, live music, dance and arts activities, delicious international food and creative arts workshops.

 

The ever-popular Pet Expo is also back, featuring a Pooch Parade, education sessions on responsible pet ownership, competitions and free show bags. There will also be the chance to meet rescue groups, vets, animal behaviourists and dog obedience trainers.

 

Darebin Community & Kite Festival

Edwardes Lake Park
corner Edwardes and Griffiths Streets, Reservoir
Sunday 24 March 2019, 11am-4pm, Free


For more info or to find out how you can get involved visit the Darebin Arts website.

2016's festival was an amazing jam-packed day of fun, free, and engaging activities for all ages.

Celebrated on 17 May each year, IDAHOBIT recognises the discrimination and human rights abuses experienced by LGBTIQ people around the world.

IDAHOBIT also affirms the strength, resilience and contributions of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Questioning (LGBTIQ) people and their families, allies and supporters. 

In Darebin, we are proud of our diverse community. As 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 can have serious negative consequences on the social and emotional well being of our residents. We are committed to strengthening community cohesion and connectedness by celebrating diversity and promoting respect for all.

On May 15 2017, Council resolved to raise and fly the rainbow flag at Preston Town Hall in solidarity with the LGBTIQ community until marriage equality legislation is passed by federal parliament. The flag was raised on IDAHOBIT Day on 17 May 2017.

Further information about diversity in Darebin

Messages of Support on IDAHOBIT

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.

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

Held in various locations across Darebin, this week-long program features workshops, seminars, demonstrations and special events, culminating in a ‘meet the makers’ showcase where you can enjoy free wine tastings. You can also enter your own homemade wine, passata, ajvar or olives into competition.

The Darebin Homemade Food and Wine Festival will next take place mid-2018.

For more details please visit the Darebin Arts website or subscribe to our What's On fortnightly e-newsletter to receive updates in your inbox.

NAIDOC Week 2017 will run from 2-9 July and is an opportunity for all Australians to come together to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait people.

NAIDOC Week 2017 celebrations:

Darebin City Council together with the Aborigines Advancement League invite you to join us in celebrating NAIDOC Week with an Aboriginal Flag Raising Ceremony. All are welcome to this free and open event to celebrate and share in the rich and thriving culture, history and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. 

Date: 3 July 2017
Time: 10 - 11.30am
Location: Mantra Bell City Hotel (215 Bell Street, Preston)

Roll-up, roll-up and get involved in Ride2Work day.

Ride2Work Day will be held on Wednesday 17th October, 2018 

Ride2Work Day is Australia's biggest celebration of bike riding and the perfect opportunity to try riding to work. Join thousands of riders across Darebin already on their bikes and experience the difference riding can make to your day. 

RIDE2WORK DAY COMMUNITY CELEBRATION 

The City of Darebin is collaborating with Wecycle, our local volunteer-run community bike-shed, to co-host a community celebration. 

Join hundreds of other bike-riding locals for food and drink, music and entertainment, plus give-aways and prizes.
Local mechanics will be on hand to give your bike a free tune-up, and local Police will be offering bike-engraving services.

Wednesday 17th October
From 4pm - 7pm
Batman Park (Cnr St Georges Rd & Arthurton Rd, Northcote)

Want to volunteer and offer your services at our Ride2Work Day celebration? Contact Wecycle at: http://www.wecycle-melbourne.com/join-us/

FREE BREAKFAST BOXES FOR LOCAL BUSINESSES

All local businesses that register for Ride2Work Day with Darebin Council receive a FREE BREAKFAST BOX to be shared amongst employees on Wednesday 17th October.

Workplaces will also receive posters, riding information and bike-riding give-aways, plus a special thank you gift for every workplace co-ordinator.  

If you’re a local business owner, take the lead and encourage your staff to ride. If you’re an employee, ask your boss to lend their support.

It’s free and easy to register - simply go to Ride2work Day 2018.
Registrations close Wednesday 10th October, 2018.

BENEFITS OF BIKE FRIENDLY WORKPLACES

Riding a bike is fast, convenient and fun. There are many other benefits of riding to work, such as:

  • Improving personal health and wellbeing
  • Attracting and retaining staff 
  • Reducing absenteeism and increasing productivity
  • Saving money on petrol and public transport fares 
  • Reducing congestion on our roads
  • Alleviating parking pressures at work
  • Minimising our greenhouse gas emissions

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

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

Our Springtime Community Events brochures are a handy guide to some of the many community events and activities planned for spring, some in celebration of Seniors Month and Community Safety Month held each October. There’s something for everyone.

Activities range from fitness and yoga classes, community lunches, music performances, gardening activities and craft lessons.

You can download the Springtime Community Events guide or pick up a copy at a Customer Service Centre and Darebin Libraries from 18 September 2018.

Please phone 8470 8828 for more information or if you would like the Springtime Community Events brochure posted to you.

Every year throughout October, 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 Music Feast 2018 will be taking over venues right across the municipality from 18 - 28 October. Immerse yourself in 11 days of non-stop music, with 120 events across 26 venues. 

Highlights include: an Opening Night Party featuring Alice Skye with the PICAA Choir, Girl Zone, Jesswar and Wahe; Jirrmujina Liyan – a live music event showcasing the greatness and power of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people;  Sonic aGender – a series of workshops, talks and events that consider the relationship between gender and sound; a massive, free, all ages Closing Party featuring 18 acts across 3 stages including RVG, Jaala and Banoffee; plus a new film program, the annual Songwriters’ Award Grand Final, families programming and heaps more.

Take a journey through Darebin’s prestigious live music venues, experience unique pop-up shows in unexpected spaces or take to stage yourself in one of the many participatory events. With such eclectic offerings, and with a huge number of free, all ages and wheelchair accessible events, there really is something for everyone in this year’s Darebin Music Feast.

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

 

The Backyard Harvest Festival is a celebration of home food growing traditions, and gives residents the opportunity to learn from passionate and knowledgeable local food experts from a diversity of cultures.

The Backyard Harvest Festival has inspired home gardeners since it first began in 2011. Home food gardens are open for tours and workshops, to help build a strong sense of community around homegrown and homemade food.

To enable festival goers to experience Darebin's amazing home food gardens in a different season, the 2019 Backyard Harvest Festival is being held on the following weekends:

  • 4 and 5 May
  • 11 and 12 May
  • 18 and 19 May

The program will be available from late March, 2019.

Are you interested in 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 2017

Held annually in December, Carols in All Nations is a perfect family night out under the stars, enjoying the musical talents from local choirs and picking up treasures from the market stalls.

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

For more information, visit Carols in All Nations.

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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We offer a variety of sessions for parents year-round to learn new techniques to help raise your child.

For complete details about our forthcoming programs see the  upcoming January - June 2019 Parenting Seminars Calendar

BOOKINGS: Bookings are essential as places are strictly limited, so book now.

Parenting Seminars available January-June 2019 (Bookings for each session will be available about 5-6 weeks before the event):

  • Emotional Intelligence - explore ways to build emotional intelligence in young children including how to recognise their feelings, understand where they come from and learn how to deal with them.
  • Sleep and Settling - practical information session for parents and carers of babies aged 0-12 months.
  • Promoting Children's Development (0-3 years) - this session will provide parents and carers with information and advice on how to promote children's development.
  • Babies and Food in the First Year - focuses on healthy eating and introducing solids to babies 0-12 months.
  • Postnatal Care for Mums - information session on self care for mums including back care and reintroducing exercise that you can do with your baby.
  • Baby Massage - a hands on baby massage session for parents, grandparents and carers of infants aged 6 weeks to 4 months.
  • Fathers Sessions with Dr Andrew Wake - information and advice for dads on helping children manage their emotions.
  • Tuning into Your Baby - learn about your child's physical development through play.
  • Play and Creativity - a fun and interactive workshop with lots of tips and ideas for creative play for children aged 0-5 years.
  • Managing Food Refusal (1-4 years) - information and practical ideas about eating and nutrition for fussy eaters aged 1-4 years
  • Helping Children with Separation and Divorce - this seminar will explore ways to help your child manage this tricky time.
  • How Your Baby Moves in the First Year - a practical session where you will learn about the development of your baby's movement skills from birth to 12 months.
  • Teenagers and Their Specific Issues - information on parenting teenagers and their specific issues.
  • Anxiety in Young Children - in this seminar we will explore some ways to help children manage their fears and worries.
  • Mindfulness for Parents and Children (3-8 years) - explore how parent and child mindfulness can reduce anxiety and benefit the whole family.

True North is a series of year-round celebration of arts and community in the creative and diverse suburb of Reservoir.

A rolling series of participatory arts projects and events to 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.

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.