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Cultural Stomp 2007

Cultural StompNewcastle’s annual multicultural festival, Cultural Stomp, will this year celebrate its 10th year anniversary and to mark the occasion it will take on the theme of ‘Awakening’ as one of its key messages.

Stomp began in 1997 as a peaceful protest alternative in response to the launch of the One Nation political party in the Hunter. Throughout the years the festival has gone from strength to strength to become Newcastle’s premier cultural event, celebrating cultural unity and showcasing our city’s multicultural communities.

The festival provides an open forum for all members of the community to creatively express their voice, their message or their creation. In 2007, the festival will encourage community members to ‘awaken’ their senses through music, the arts, the environment, peace and justice.

Cultural StompThe Stomp festival, to be held on Saturday 19th May, takes up the whole of Civic Park, and will involve over 50 various community groups, clubs, societies and hundreds of artists & performers. It will include two music stages and Chai tent; arts and sustainable living workshops; forum & discussion panels; installation art; multi-faith forum; dancing, musical & drumming performances and will culminate in a collaborative music and dance ceremony followed by a multicultural community feast.

In addition Stomp’s Community Lane will provide an opportunity for community groups, artisans and local producers to sell their goods & promote their services to the people of Newcastle. Stomp’s market coordinators are calling for community organisations, plus producers of goods that are environmentally friendly, sweatshop free and fair trade to have a stall on the day. If you are a community organisation or a local producer interested in being involved please contact us on stomp@octapod.org.au.

Stomp is a Waste Wise event. All food and beverage stallholders will be required to use biodegradable and/or compostable packaging, and several Clean and Green initiatives are being implemented into the 2007 festival. The Newcastle Bike Ecology Centre will be hosting a community bike ride into the festival to promote healthy, safe and sustainable transport services. Anyone can join the colourfully decorated, mass bicycle ride as they make their way from Wallsend to Newcastle, picking up along the way at several of the designated Stomp Festival Bike-Train stations. The Stomp festival Bike-Train is a free initiative and roadside assistance will also be available during the ride.

The 2007 tomp festival is strongly supported by Newcastle City Council and the Octapod.

For more information visit www.octapod.org/stomp


Posted on April 17th, 2007 in Events


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