Back for its second year, Ballarat’s youth-led street party ‘Rock The Block’ brings local young people, indigenous and multicultural artists and performers, food and activities and the community together for a celebration of the rich cultural diversity within the town during Harmony Week 2019.
“The theme and highlight for this year’s event is having young artists from different backgrounds and having different life experiences show us the positives that they are taking into the future with them,” said Luna Folly, local resident and youth volunteer on the Rock The Block event management team.
The past few months have seen the Centre for Multicultural Youth and partners passionately working with a dynamic group of young people to curate the festival, which will build on the success of last year’s inaugural event.
“I was inspired to sign up because it’s great to engage with like-minded people that are proactive about making positive impacts in their community,” said Karissa Cribbes. “I hope that we are able to enforce the fact that diversity is something that should be celebrated and welcomed.”
Rock the Block 2019 will offer a vibrant outdoor street party featuring live music, food trucks, market stalls and youth-led activities which endeavours to bring the community together and have fun, as well as educating the community through diversity.
An impressive range of musical and cultural performances have been locked in for the festival which include folk singer-songwriter, Wergaia woman and universal little sister Alice Skye, singer-songwriter, rapper and poet Imbi the Girl, South Sudan rapper/songwriter Krown, the expressive and soulful Stella Savy/Avek Frer, and Inka Temam and cultural performances.
“Ballarat is a multicultural community and would appreciate events such as this so that they can come and experience different cultures and embrace the differences between us, but also come together as a community to help support one and other,” shared event volunteer Chloe Sounders.
Rock The Block street party is a family friendly and alcohol-free event that is open to all whole community.
It all goes down at Federation University’s SMB Campus on Lydiard Street South, Ballarat on Sunday March 24 from 3pm – 7pm.