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The Piers Festival - A celebration of migration @ Port Melbourne Free event

Princes Pier, Port Melbourne
Sunday 27 January 2013
2pm - 9:30pm

Piers Festival (trailer)

World music, dance, food, arts & crafts, photo & historical exhibitions, boat display, kid's activities and fireworks!

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Welcome to the second Piers Festival, a massive celebration of cultural diversity that reflects the rich history of Melbourne's ports precinct. From the goldrush to wartime, from post-war migration to cruise shipping, Station & Princes Piers have played a pivotal role in Victoria's growth and offered a gateway to the diversity of cultures that enrich our community.

Photograph by Glenane Photography


Photograph by Glenane Photography

Hosted by Vasili (from Vasili's Garden)

Enjoy some of Melbourne's finest harmonies from culturally diverse artists and communities including: The Austrian Choir - Danny Spooner - Young At Heart Choir - The Russian Senior Citizens Choir - Valanga Khoza - The Melbourne Samoan Choir - The Lost Clog Lithuanian Choir.

Hosted by Diana Nguyen

Did you or your parents arrives as migrants? Hear some incredible stories that draw out the universal experience of the migrant with guest spearkers from some of Melbourne's key migrant communities.
Forums will be held upstairs in the historic Princes Pier gatehouse at 2-3pm and 3:30 - 4:30pm

Discover beautifully decorated, cultural baots and their strong connection to spirit and community. Boats will be rowed in and displayed at the Beacon Cove beach beside Princes Pier.
MAORI WAKA: An 8 metre, hand carved canoe traditionally called Te Karangatahi, meaning voice of the people.
HMAS CEREBRUS NAVY DRAGONBOAT: An 8 metre racing canoe with dragon head and tail that originated in China over 2000 years ago.

Hosted by Carmelina Guglielmo

5:00 Chinese Dragon Dance
5:05 Welcome to Country
5:10 Uncle Herb Patten - renowned gumleaf player
5:15 Dalouna - Lebanese dabke youth dance
5:30 Meyhane - Greek and Anatolian music
6:05 Manasis - Traditional Greek dance
6:20 HKUD Lado - Croatian music and dance from Geelong
6:40 Maltese Musings - folk tunes from the Mediterranean
7:05 Vardos… Hungarian music with the Gyongyos Bokreta dancers
7:40 TumbaRumba - lively Brazilian beats for dancing
8:10 Lowicz - Dynamic Polish dance ensemble
8:30 Lamine Sonko & The African Intelligence - Afro-Latin dance party
9:20 Fireworks

The beautifully restored Princes Pier will come to life with food and crafts from around the world, stilt walkers, the Connies roving characters and children's craft tent. Upstairs in the historic boathouse, don't miss the photographic exhibition titled 'Migrant Fathers' by artist Nik Buttigieg and the fascinating collection of artefacts by the Port Melbourne Historical and Preservation Society.

For your comfort: Bring a folding chair or cushion and small umbrella

Photograph by James Henry

How to get to The Piers Festival?

Parking in surrounding areas is very limited. Catch the No 109 Lightrail tram from Box Hill to Port Melbourne via Collins St, City.

On Google maps, visit Station Pier (off Waterfront Place, Port Melbourne) and Princes Pier (off Pier Street, Port Melbourne).

Check the weather forecast. It can get a bit windy and sunny. Bring sun hat, sun glasses and wind gear if necessary and have fun!


Produced by: Multicultural Arts Victoria Supported by: OMAC, Australia Day Committee (Vic), City of Port Phillip, Major Projects Victoria, South East Water

Princes Pier (off Pier Street, Port Melbourne) Tram 109 lightrail to Waterfront Place, Port Melbourne.

Media inquiries

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Andrea Makris, Multicultural Arts Victoria, Tel: 03 9188 3681, Email: events@multiculturalarts.com.au


Originally called Railway Pier, the heritage listed Station Pier officially opened in 1854 and played a pivotal role in the lives of gold seekers and early settlers.

It was the departure point for key military expeditions and the entry point for hundreds of thousands of European migrants over the past century.

Princes Pier, adjacent to Station Pier, was completed in 1916 and also played a significant role in Victoria’s multicultural, wartime and maritime history.

Its 1935 gatehouse is heritage listed and the pier was recently restored for public use by the Victorian Government, through Major Projects Victoria.

The 1935 gatehouse will house historical photographs and this will be the first major event on the pier since its restoration.

Piers Festival

The Piers Festival welcomes all to celebrate migration and cultural diversity at this historic landmark.

The Piers Festival will also celebrate Multicultural Arts Victoria's move to the City of Port Phillip.

Producers and Supporters

The Piers Festival is proudly produced by Multicultural Arts Victoria and supported by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship, Arts Victoria, the Australia Day Committee (Vic), Major Projects Victoria, Yarra Trams.



Photograph by James Henry