Predicting a crowd number for the third Emerge at Twilight Festival is a tough ask.JOHN LEWIS February 21, 2014 6:43am
Entertainers: Congolese dancers and choirs are among the performers who will take centre stage at this year's Emerge at Twilight Festival.
Audience numbers may be unpredictable because they just keep growing, but for this year’s Emerge at Twilight Festival one thing is certain — inspirational music and joyful celebration is guaranteed.
This year’s multicultural festival starts on Saturday next week and promises to be even bigger and brighter than the previous two years.
The festival is the official launch of the month-long SheppARTon Festival during next month.
Presented for the first time on a single large stage, and moving to the north end of Victoria Park Lake, Emerge 2014 features 14 acts gathered from the wide spectrum of Shepparton’s cultures.
From Indonesian singers, Congolese dancers and choirs, Indigenous performers, and Albanian folk artists, to friendly multicultural soccer games, theatre performances, exotic food and fireworks, the night is sure to attract a big audience. But exactly how big remains unknown.
Festival program manager and Greater Shepparton City Council Riverlinks manager Stephen Donnelly said the Emerge event had resulted in the audience growing five-fold since the first one in 2012.
‘‘Both years have blown us away. For the first one at Eastbank we expected about 400, but 800 people turned up.
‘‘So we moved it to the lake and we got 4500. So this year — who knows?’’ Mr Donnelly said.
He said for this year, Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE members were helping with food handling and there were more community groups involved.
‘‘More people are getting engaged and it has been really positive,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s for all our different groups — it’s a reflection of their cultures. So it’s very relevant for them,’’ he said.
Hafizullah Mohaqiq was born in Afghanistan, spent periods living in Pakistan and Iran, before arriving in Shepparton two months ago.
The Mulwala Lions had satisfying and hard fought win, in difficult conditions, against last year’s grand finalists at Lonsdale Reserve on Saturday.
The Fairley Leadership Program met in Tatura on Wednesday, exploring ‘Water and our catchment’ at Goulburn Murray Water.
Road authorities have made little progress to fixing Echuca’s most dangerous intersections.
Lockington Vintage Tractor and Stationary Engine Rally is on for the 18th time this weekend and there is something for everyone.
Kyabram and District Sportstar of the Year nominations finalised
Three local clubs get together at Kings Park.
Tributes flow for Finley's inspiring mother, friend and farming advocate Jennifer Hawkins
A visit by Coliban Water to Heathcote last week provided residents with a chance to quiz staff about water and sewer services.
A new book, Men from the River Bends, honours Cobram-Barooga and district soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice after enlisting in World War 1.
Deniliquin bowler Dennis O'Keefe lost 25-19 in his bid for a quarter-final spot in the Victorian Singles Championships this week.
Widespread rain late last week and on Saturday put a smile on the faces of farmers preparing to sow crops or waiting for weeds to emerge on early-sown rye-grass.
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