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New Year's Eve Bush Dance
tickets from Kalamunda Newsagency Haynes Street

30th Festival - history theme
our 30th Festival!

Hills with Heritage
Act-Belong-Commit Zig Zag Parade Float On Haynes Street followed by Huge Street Band (c) Dragancaor Creative
Act-Belong Commit Zig Zag Parade Float
the 'Lil' Black Kettle'
with Bands from Kalamunda Primary & Secondary
Schools, Kalamunda Youth Swing Band, all trained
and led by the Junkadelic Brass Band

Panoramic shot of the finale David Rivett (on Guitar) wrote many of the songs (c) Dragancaor Creative
The Huge Sound Light and Music Spectacular
FESTIVAL FINALE - over 320 performers!

Madjitil Moorna Choir singing (and signing) (c) Dragancaor Creative
Madjitil Moorna Choir singing & signing

"We are one..."

in front of the massed Schools' Choir from
their 'Noongar Songs in Schools' Project

New Year's Eve Bush Dance
more details at this link

Black Chooks Music Sessions
Continue Wednesday evenings

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2015 Festival was our 30th

The 2015 Act-Belong-Commit Zig Zag Festival had a heritage theme "Tracks - Trees & Trains";  it aimed to bring out and share the story of the Hills communities in and around the Shire of Kalamunda.  Attendance on the day was steady and large across more of the day than ever before.

This year's Festival  emphasised how the arts and culture has contributed and nurtured the heritage that resides in the hills.  Visitors could see and experience the friendly village atmosphere. 

As with past festivals, music and activity performed predominantly by locals was a dominant feature, with three stages running almost continuously through the day.

The arts and crafts stalls market was very popular, with high quality and largely unique goods being offered.
The international flavour across the food stalls kept everyone fuelled up.  This year there were more choices from diverse cultures and new tastes!

The Zig Zag Sound Shell Stage showcased music singing and performance, and in front of the stage there were dancers and gymnasts. Jarrah Celts provided a link to the past and later in the day the Perth Morris Men performed again - they were part of the earliest Festivals too.

The Youth Stage this year saw a major collaboration between Zig Zag Community Arts, Junkadelic, Kalamunda Senior High School and Mentors from Canning College pull together the first completely youth-led program.  The students gain recognition from their involvement in the program towards their Certificate 3 qualification.  Local bands from the Kalamunda Senior High School attracted large crowds to the marquee this year.

The Rotary Checkerboard stage brought aspects of the festival theme to life representing music from the past and the future some Aboriginal singing and poetry from Josie Boyle with David Rivett traditional Celtic folk sounds from Rob Zielinski's band Sian and  the Black Chooks were there with a set of Italian dance tunes and even some songs - who said chooks don't sing?

The Zig Zag Street Parade
down Haynes Street was led by the Kalamunda Pipe Band and CirQuest Circus had stiltwalkers, clowns and an unicyclist in costumes to match the Tracks Trees and Trains theme. The Gudes also built and carried props to follow the theme.

The Kalamunda History Village dressed in period costumes and Pat Halahan pushed a traditional wooden wheel barrow. 

The Act-Belong-Commit Zig Zag Festival Float - the Lil' Black Kettle - Zigged and Zagged its way down the hill, drawing its train of carriages behind it, closely followed by the massed marching band comprising Kalamunda Primary School Funk Band Drummers and Shakers, the Kalamunda Senior High School Wind Band, members of the Kalamunda Youth Swing Band, and the Junkadelic Brass Bandthe music was specially composed for the Festival and the performance was excellent!

The special sound-light-and-music Finalé Spectacular started soon after the Parade arrives in Stirk Park.  Waiting at the Stage were the largest Combined Schools Choir we had seen, over 230 children and 20 teachers - the reult of the Singing Noongar Songs inSchools project by Madjitil Moorna Choir. 

The rousing Welcome to Country by Ingrid was the signal that this was going to be something special.  The Combined Schools Choir and Madjitil Moorna Choir took us back to hear songs in Noongar language and reminded us of the first people: the Aboriginal people who were custodians when the land where we met.

The Black Chooks performed Italian Dance tunes telling the story of the settlers woh followed, some from Europe, then 
AKappella Munda Choir sang in Chinese for the large number of early migrants from that continent. 

The Black Chooks reminded us how the railway came to move the timber down the scarp, and then started bringing people up to breathe the fresh hills air. The Lil' Black Kettle song sped up and changed, taken over by the funky beats from
the Junkadelic Brass Band, with Candice from Madjitil Moorna singing the song. They went on to sing Home in the Forest to tell the story of local settlement, building the houses that became Kalamunda.

The final song 'All Our Days'  was opened by the Black Chooks, built on by A Kappella Munda and Madjilil Moorna but in the end it was the Combined Schools Choir who had the last word - the children are the future.

By then the Sunset had blazed in the sky, and 30th Zig Zag Festival had reached its climax. 

Stay tuned to read the complete 2015 festival report

About Zig Zag Community Arts Inc.

We are a not for profit group run by volunteers to promote the arts and community action in the hills and foothills communities within the Shire of Kalamunda. We are an incorporated group, (registered as deductable gift recipient for GST).

The Kalamunda Zig Zag Community Arts Festival began in the early 1980's as a local Shire initiative. During the first 10 years of its existence, responsibility gradually shifted to the community, until 1993 when the Festival Committee became a separate entity as a community-based non-profit incorporated group.

Between 1994 and 1998, the focus of the Festival Committee was on events and activities for the one-day festival. Since then, there has been an increased emphasis on events across the year, and on gaining input from youth. Zig Zag Community Arts has taken on a broad community development role with extended programs that involve many sectors of the community. These have included projects that extend throughout the year and other significant events. The change reflects the recognition of the value of the Festival and the Arts as tools for addressing social and community issues.

The committee consists entirely of volunteers.  They are community members with a broad range of skills including community development, project management, music, teaching and youth work.  Throughout the year project teams coordinate art and music workshops that involve both professionals and gifted amateurs. 

The Aim of Zig Zag Community Arts is to involve the community in the appreciation of, and participation in community arts.

The Act-Belong-Commit 2015 Zig Zag Festival "Tracks-Trees & Trains"  was on Sunday 25th October -
our 30th annual celebration of community creativity and a showcase for the community's arts and cultural achievements.

As always the Festival takse place on the last Sunday in October - and in 2015 we made it special because it was our 30th Festival!

Zig Zag Community Arts Inc.   
ABN 31-717-398-345 (Registered for GST)

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Many Thanks to our 2015 Festival Sponsors

Doing their bit to support the local community
(the ones in blue boxes have links to their respective website)
Zig Zag  Major Sponsors
LotteryWest Supported  Sponsored by Bendigo Bank  Kalamunda Rotary
      The Shire of Kalamunda Act Belong Commit Mentally Health Logo Healthway Logo
Logo og the Department for Communities
Local and In-kind Sponsors
Centro Kalamunda          Rathmann Engineering   VAVEE Enterprises
Arlington Tree Services Darlington & KalamundaCollodel's Ice Creamery Hooked on Hessian Name
Kalamunda Wellness Logo  Kalamunda After School Arts   Hills Folk Club
Zig Zag Graphics Kalamunda Mobile Masters   Inspire Art

High Wycombe Pharmacy     Dragancaor Creative Castledine & Castledine Designers
Media Partners
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