Jour101 Post Five: Wollongong’s annual art’s festival brings everyone together

by Hannah Klomp

Hannah Klomp | Tues, October 23, 2012, 11:44 AM

Photograph taken from Viva La Gong Website

WOLLONGONG is currently getting ready to celebrate the creativity and cultural identity that is so abundant in the city with its annual arts festival, Viva la Gong being held this year on Saturday, 10th November.

The event will be held at the MacCabe Park and will feature a range of different acts occurring from circus acts, food and a community street parade.

Nina Kourea, a freelance artist and the project manager of Viva la Gong in 2011 is one of the many residents who are excited about what the festival will feature this year and really agreed that this festival was an important tradition.

“It is the one time of the year where the community can get together and celebrate the cultural diversity of this great town” Kourea said.

The Viva La Gong Festival caters to all types of people, from young children to elderly people all having a reason to come together and celebrate not only the multicultural diversity that has been perpetuated through students coming into Wollongong to study at the TAFE and University mentioned John Monteleone, the gallery director at the Wollongong City Gallery, but the festival is also effective in creating a community through the love of art, music and other creative disciplines.

Leah Ellis, a student from the University of Wollongong with interests in music and drama also commented, “I think the festival is really effective in the way that it pulls together so many Wollongong families through music. Adding to that, the fact that the music and festivities are wonderful, it’s a great event for the whole community.”

The festival will be free entry and is held on Saturday 10th November 2012 at the MacCabe Park running from 11 AM to 9 PM. Make sure you come down and check it out. For more information check out these links.

Viva La Gong Festival

Wollongong City Council

Advertisement of Viva La Gong found on Burelli Street, Wollonong | Photograph taken by Hannah Klomp