African dance debut
DRUM audiences can this month take a sneak peak at a unique dance performance hitting the stage in full next March.
Australia’s leading Afro-contemporary performance company Asanti Dance will combine contemporary dance, African dance, music and acrobatics in new work Mumo.
– Friday 20 December, 7.30pm. Drum Theatre, corner Walker and Lonsdale streets, Dandenong. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 concession and $17.50 for Drum members from 8571 1666 or www.drumtheatre.com.au.
Free Christmas entertainment
TUBBY the Christmas Robot, Santa, the Balloon Elf, the Great Christmas Gizmo, the Circus Elf, Jingle Bell Jivers and Giant Stilt Elves will bring spread cheer in Greater Dandenong.
They’ll head to the corner of Lonsdale Street and Langhorne Place in Dandenong, the Douglas Street precinct in Noble Park, and Multicultural Place in central Springvale.
– 20 – 24 December. Visit www.greaterdandenong.com for times.
CAROLS by Candlelight will bring music and joy to Dandenong Park again this Christmas.
The Greater Dandenong Chamber of Commerce event features traditional and contemporary carols.
Bring a rug, candle and picnic.
– Friday 20 December, 7.30pm. Dandenong Park, Pultney Street, Dandenong. Free entry.
Nativity scene display
THE St Elizabeth’s Parish annual Christmas nativity scene is growing bigger and better each year.
– St Elizabeth’s Parish, 107 Bakers Road, Dandenong North. 10 December to 12 January, all mass times or by appointment. Call Cheryl Hayes on 9795 6217 or Wilson Fernandez on 0428 927 110.
A SENSITIVE Santa is giving children with autism spectrum disorders to sit on his knee at Dandenong Plaza.
The Santa area will be ‘sensory friendly’, with centre music turned down, staff instructed to avoid loud, distracting movements, and the centre closed to shoppers.
– Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday until 21 December, 8am to 9am. Bookings are essential via the Dandenong Plaza Customer Service Desk on 9767 2000. The Santa set is on Level 3 outside Michael Hill. Families are encouraged to use the Clow Street multideck car park.
Cambodian community fun
CAMBODIAN entertainers will be brought to Springvale South for a three-day festival.
The Universal New Year Festival started about seven years ago to complement the actual Cambodian New Year Festival held every April.
Its aim is to engage Cambodian Australians in festivities at a typically Aussie celebratory time of year, and to fundraise.
– 27, 28 and 29 December. Cambodian Buddhist Association of Victoria, 159 Clarke Road, Springvale South. Call 9546 2432 for more information.
Summer holiday fun
AN action-packed school holiday program for 11 to 25-year-olds is on its way to Springvale, Noble Park and Dandenong.
Cooking classes, art workshops, sports activities and more will culminate in the Australia Day Festival in the Park.
All activities and events are fully supervised and strictly drugs, alcohol and smoke-free.
– 6 to 26 January. Book at the YStop office, 39a Clow Street, Dandenong, a council customer service centre or on 9793 2155.
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African dance debut