Thomastown Neighbourhood House has a proud track record of producing engaging community events. Thanks to the support of the City of Whittlesea Community Events Fund, Thomastown Neighbourhood House staged a Promistown Picnic on Sat Nov 12, 2022 (attendance 1064 people) and Sat March 4, 2023 (attendance 1028 people). The ‘Promisetown Picnics’ take place in the play area of TRAC (Thomastown Recreation Aquatic Centre) and feature great community participation. Activities on the community stage included: Welcome to Country by Wurundjeri Elder Ben Nicholson; the premier of cultural dress and dancing our local Nepalese Community (brought together by TNH Volunteer, Sapna Khadka); a large scale interactive, community dance project kicked off by Indigenous Outreach Hip Hop Projects and involving Thomastown West Primary School and Thomastown Primary School, Arabic Drumming presented by Visually Impaired local drummer Joseph Samarani, a Dog Show involving many local families, performances by the Dipti Dancers, an unforgettable opera performance by local high school student Alice Xue and a showcase of high quality physical theatre and circus performances to thoroughly entertain all in attendance. The program for each Promisetown Picnic is developed in consultation with a focus group made up of CALD community members and involved in-school performance workshops, culminating in an event created a truly interactive, accessible, multicultural and creative environment where connectedness and a sense of belonging and community pride flourishes. (200wds)
A key component of the ‘Promisetown Picnic’ is the markets which provide an opportunity for local makers to sell their hand made goods. Interactive art activities also provide local children with the opportunity to learn about the art of play through utilising recycled materials. The day is also attended by a select group of food vendors including the Bundoora Rotary Barbeque Truck which ensures that low cost Halal and Vegetarian options are available to the community. The Promisetown Picnic could not take place without the huge contribution of over 30 TNH volunteers who work with the TNH manager to deliver the event on the day.
TNH looks forward to bringing the "Promisetown Picnic" to life again in 2024!
Promisetown Picnic Clip
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Parade from Promisetown Picnic to Walking Thomastown 2022:
The Promisetown Picnic