It’s times like these I wish I lived in Melbourne. I’ll go to my grave defending the merits of Sydney over our more Southern counterpart, but when they hold free events like this one, it sometimes seems like a losing battle…
From the press release:
Diafrix and friends are very excited to announce the launch of their new annual event entitled African Affair, which will celebrate the rich and diverse African culture.
The free community festival hosted by Fuzzy from Video Hits – will be launched on Sunday 28th February at Footscray Community Arts Centre. Primarily based around a music concert featuring some of the country’s most amazing artists of African descent (Diafrix, Lo-Tek, Mike Justice, 1/6, DJ Kay-Z and more), the afternoon fiesta will also have football workshops run by Collingwood Football Club’s own Harry O’Brien, as well as offering authentic African cuisine.
The event is the brainchild of an ever-strengthening bond between local hip hop band Diafrix and young Collingwood football superstar Harry O’Brien. O’Brien – the first ever player of African descent in the AFL – is one of the most prolific supporters of the duo, both of whom are African immigrants. The trio has found a mutual passion for community projects and are regularly involved in a multitude of hands-on community roles, while being ambassadors for Make Poverty History and the Burnet Institute.
This continues Melbourne’s celebrated vein of multicultural festivals which includes Lygon Street Festa, Vietnamese Lunar New Year Festival and Johnston Street Spanish Fiesta, amongst a host of others. Africa being the world’s second most populated continent, and one that has an increasing influence on Melbourne’s diverse culture, it is time to celebrate our city’s extraordinary ethnic landscape.
SUNDAY 28th FEBRUARY
2.00pm – 7.00pm
Footscray Community Arts Centre, 45 Moreland Street, Footscray
FREE ENTRY – BYO PICNIC
Diafrix’s Concrete Jungle is out now. Check their myspace for more details.