MEMBERS STATEMENTS – Clayton Street Festival -Thursday, 24 March 2011

MEMBERS STATEMENTS – Clayton Street Festival -Thursday, 24 March 2011

Posted on 20. Apr, 2011 in Speeches

Mr LIM (Clayton) — I rise to congratulate the City of Monash, the Clayton Traders Association and many community groups for organising yet another fantastic and successful Clayton Street Festival on the Clayton Road shopping strip on Sunday, 27 February. The usually bustling shopping strip was once again brilliantly transformed into a playground for local residents of all ages, cultures and ethic groups.

At this ninth annual event, which has entrenched itself as one the best known multicultural and family day events in Melbourne, stalls were set up by local businesses, community organisations and service providers. Performances were put on by Clayton’s versatile community groups and primary schools. Maori dancing, belly dancing and traditional folk song singing by artists attracted thousands of festival goers.

A singing performance brought to us by groups of local primary school students turned out to be one of the biggest crowd drawers. In this hugely popular performance school kids from five local primary schools in my electorate lined up in colourful national costumes and sang a song that was especially written for the occasion of the Clayton Street Festival as part of the Clayton singing project. Entitled We Are All the Same the song was the first of its kind, and is aimed at capturing the multicultural spirit of Clayton and its people of all races and languages. These young students gave the best our area has to offer, and it was an uplifting spirit for everyone in the audience.

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