bestchance Child Family Care held its annual festival on Sunday, 13th October, produced and staffed by PAN personnel and a dedicated band of volunteers. Despite on ominous weather forecast, the festival delighted audiences with an array of stunning multicultural performances from the very youngest of the Children’s Services’ kinder classes to the Chinese Senior Citizens of Kingston and everyone in between.
bestchance Child Family Care, located in Glen Waverley, is an independent, not-for-profit, community organisation providing educational and welfare services.
The festival brought families and friends together to celebrate multicultural diversity. The morning’s program was reserved for official speeches by bestchance’s CEO Kevin Feeney, MP Neil Angus and the Mayor of Monash Micaela Drieberg; in addition to an unveiling of the plaque recognising the founders of the Burwood Boys Home and its development into the world class facility it is today.
Discovering some sunshine, a host of artists beckoned the crowd outside and the stage welcomed local cultural acts such as:
Jindi Worabak Aboriginal dancers
Red Chamber Chinese Opera
Kingston Chinese Senior Citizens Club for traditional Han dances and Chinese flute
Mai Nachungi Dance Company for Bollywood dancing
bestchance children performing songs and dances
Tanishka, Academy of Indian Classical Dance for Bharatanatyam
bestchance staff multicultural fashion show
African drumming with Tawanda Gadzikwa
Chinese Lion Dance from the Chinese Youth Society of Melbourne
Monash Salvation Army Youth Band
Jalisco and Tequila for a Mexican dancing duo
Local singing sensation, Rachel Constanzo
La Cumbiamba with some fun, interactive Colombian dances
Meanwhile, kids were actively learning about different cultures playing all sort of circus games with The Dreaming Space. The youngest were making their own costumes under the craft tent and the teenagers were getting a traditional Indian henna tattoo.
To be sure to delight the most sophisticated taste buds, the day offered an extensive array of multicultural food stalls. Attendees were able to try Vietnamese food on-the-go, an Australian barbecue, Himalayan traditional rice dishes, African delicacies, Japanese crepes just to name a few.
In the typical fashion of the multicultural city, Melbourne offered the standard unpredictable weather, living up to the ‘four seasons in a day’ tag. Despite this unpredictable weather, the energy of the performers was enough to warm up the crowd and amaze the kids.
We’d like to thank Diana, Vicki, Kevin and all the bestchance staff for their support in helping us produce a fantastic festival. For photos of the day, see our Facebook page: here