A big, happy community celebration marked the launch of The Wizard of Oz Festival Campbelltown on Friday evening by Cr Fred Borg, Chairperson, 24 Hour Fight Against Cancer Macarthur in the presence of community leaders, politicians, artists and festival friends.
Thanking the Festival for choosing the 24HFACM as its designated charity, Cr Borg said, “This Festival is an ideal model for today’s economic climate. It provides small businesses and artists of Campbelltown the opportunity to support one another while at the same time contributing to a strong local cause”. Cr Borg officially released the Festival programme to Cr Rudi Kolkman, Oz collector Dorothy Overton & artist David Capra.
The Festival has commissioned A Migrant’s Journey To Oz, a response by Indian artists & performers Aruna Gandhimathinathan, Prabhu Osoniqs, Diya Dasgupta & Stanley Abnes, to be workshopped with local schools. Launching this work in progress, Cr Kent Johns, Mayor of Sutherlandshire & Liberal for Werriwa, drew attention to the depth of culture in the local Werriwa community. “Multiculturalism has worked perfectly in Australia. Over 200 years of people immigrating into this country, and everytime it gets even better”, Cr Johns said.
A group of children trained by Christerine treated the packed audience to a stunning rendition of I Am Australian, all appearing in costume – even Ned Kelly!
The evening extended into an interesting forum with Scott Morrison, Shadow Minister for Immigration & Citizenship, who in a lighter moment was asked which Wizard of Oz character he would like to be. “The Lion”, he replied, “I always loved the Lion even as a kid. I think the Lion speaks a lot of what’s in many of us in that sometimes we don’t really understand the courage and strength that we have.”
Tim Pickles is all set to host the Festival’s Scarecrow Making Workshop at Tim’s Garden Centre on Sat 10th Aug. Tim met up with Cr Fred Borg & Shakey the Scarecrow from The Wizard of Oz Show to discuss plans for the workshop to be conducted by Helen Byfield-Fleming of the Macarthur Centre for Sustainable Living. It’s going to be a fun morning of creating something from odds & ends lying about the home. All scarecrows will be displayed at the Centre before participants can take them home. There are limited places so make sure you call Tim’s 4626 7022 to book in early. Participation fee: $10.
Local maestro Freddie Hill has augmented his Hot Club of Bondi (re-christened The Oz Club of Bondi for the Festival!) with an exciting line up of musos for Jazz Over The Rainbow. This evening of music inspired by Judy Garland & the Oz era is being hosted by Alex Volfneuk at his Square Waffle Restaurant on Friday evening, 9th Aug. We got together with Fred Borg, Chairperson, 24 Hour Fight Against Cancer Macarthur to announce the line up: Freddie Hill (trumpet/flugel),
Morris David (violin), Kees Steen (guitar), Ed Rapo (d/bass) feat. Paige Delancey (vocal)! So get some friends together and book a table at the Waffle for what promises to be a most enjoyable evening.
Cr Fred Borg’s passion for Campbelltown has been inspirational in getting the Festival going. He joined Shiney the Tinman, Dorothy & Festival director Brian Laul for a publicity shoot on Queen Street. Cr Borg is also Chairperson of the 24 Hour Fight Against Cancer Macarthur, the Festival’s nominated charity.