Festival celebrates community spirit

Cecilia AllenSound Telegraph
The Te Pe Roopu Ramgapahi O Mgarupou children's dance group will perform at the Medina Community Festival on Sunday.
Camera IconThe Te Pe Roopu Ramgapahi O Mgarupou children's dance group will perform at the Medina Community Festival on Sunday. Credit: Sound Telegraph, Ellie Honeybone Sound Telegraph

A celebration of community spirit is the theme of the Medina Community Festival which will be held on Sunday.

Now in its sixth year, the popular local event is held at the Medina Hall and is co-ordinated by the Medina Residents Group.

Festivities of the day start at 11am with a traditional Welcome to County by local elder Lindsay Calyun followed by performances from Mr Michael’s Drumming Group, Medina Primary School Choir and the Yonga Boys. There will also be a combined performance of Gilmore College students which includes the 7 National Army Rock Band and the hip-hop dance moves of Shaquille Walker.

Medina songstress Sian Brown will perform some well-known numbers and Te Roopu Rangatahi o Ngaru Pou group will perform the Maori cultural haka.

Festival co-ordinator and Medina Residents Group chairwoman Mandy Grubb said the festival was quirky and reflected the uniqueness of Medina.

“It’s a great way to connect to the community and see some of the local talent,” she said.

The festival will also host the Medina Marvel Award which recognises a resident who has contributed to the richness of Medina and the City of Kwinana.

There will also be a range of craft activities and recreation games. The festival will take place on October 29 at the Medina Hall, from 11am to 3pm. Entry is a gold coin donation and includes morning tea and lunch.

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