Kew Community Festival 2011

The Kew Festival offers an exciting array of events held over 10 festive days from Friday 18 March to Sunday 27 March 2011.

The Kew Community Festival showcases local community groups and businesses through fun entertainment and activities for all ages and interests and most events are free.

The Yarra Trams Street Parade as part of the Family Fun Day begins Saturday 19th at 11:30am, meeting at Kew Primary in Pakington Street. It showcases floats, clowns, marching bands and numerous community groups marching up High Street and along Cotham Road to Petrie Square, and on to Alexandra Gardens in Kew where the fun continues with a food, craft and information market, rides and free entertainment until 4:30pm.

Plans are in place for a closing concert and fireworks on Saturday 27th March from 6:30pm to 9:00pm celebrating the magnificent setting at Hays Paddock. Bring a picnic and enjoy the entertainment from singers and performers. Concluding with a spectacular fireworks display. Refreshments available.

For more information on the festival program, see details below or contact the Festival office on 9853 9576.

The program as of 13 March is as follows:

Friday 18 March

Kew Traffic School Annual Bash Session times
3.45 − (ages 2-5 years)
4.15 − 4.45pm (ages 2-5 years)
4.45 − 5.15pm (ages 2-5 years)
5.15 − 5.45pm (ages 6-10 years)
Kew Traffic School, Corner Cotham and Grange Roads, Kew
BYO bike and helmet
Fun free activities include face painting, mobile animal farm and a jumping castle.
Bookings are essential and open Monday March 7, 2011 on 9278 4768.
ram route 109 Stop 41
“St Patricks Day” Irish Tour 6.45pm Boroondara (Kew) General Cemetery, Cnr Parkhill Road and High Street, Kew. Meet at the gatehouse.
Hear about those cheeky Irish pioneers who helped to make Victoria great!
Presented by Friends of Boroondara (Kew) Cemetery Inc.
Cost: $15 adults, Seniors $10
Bookings essential: Pauline Turville Ph: 9817 1829
Tram route 48 stop 36

Saturday 19 March

Purim Festival "Carnival" Service 10.00am Leo Baeck Centre for Progressive Judaism, 33 Harp Road, Kew East
Enquiries 9819 7160
Tram route 48 stop 41
Kew Community Festival Family Fun Day 10.30 − 4.30pm Alexandra Gardens, Cotham Road, Kew
Enquires: 9853 9576
Bring the whole family along to enjoy entertainment on the Kew East Community Bank Branch – Bendigo Bank Stage, rides, animal farm, children’s activities, craft, information and food from around the world.
Tram route 16 stop 80, route 48 stop 34 or route 109 stop 35
Kew Historical Society Heritage Display 11am-4pm Phyllis Hore Room, Kew Library
See, do and discover the history of Kew.
Tram route 16 stop 80, route 48 stop 34 or route 109 stop 35
Yarra Trams Community Street Parade 11.30am - 12 noon Enquiries: 9853 9576
From the assembly points in Pakington Street and Holy Trinity Church, along High Street to the QPO, then up Cotham Road to Civic Drive/Petrie Square and on to Alexandra Gardens for a "Welcome to Country" ceremony with guest didjeridu player Waitarie from the PIlbara. The fun continues at the Family Fun Day with stalls and entertainment. Experience the sights and sounds of this vibrant community street parade featuring local schools, kindergartens, brass bands, entertainers, scouts and other local organisations.
Tram route 16 stop 80, route 48 stop 34 or route 109 stop 35
Clough Choristers present a Musical Evening 7.30pm Holy Trinity Church, cnr Pakington and High Streets Kew
Enquiries and tickets: 94581797
The program will include Brahms’ Liebeslieder Walzer (Opus 65) and a selection of lighter choral pieces
Adults $25, Concession $20, Children $10.
An exhibition of religious icons produced by local artists will be on display from 4pm onwards.
Tram route 48 stop 34 or route 109 stop 35

Sunday 20 March

Kew Heights Sports Club 11am - 4pm 397 Barkers Road, Kew
“Jazz by the Green” Open Day
Enjoy a free game of bowls (or tennis) and roll to the sounds of jazz flowing across the greens. BBQ catering and drinks at Bowls Club prices.
Enquiries: 9817 3936
North Kew Tennis Club Open Day 12:30pm - 5:00pm 177-179 Willsmere Road, Kew
All visitors are welcome to come and play on the courts and enjoy a sausage sizzle. Club coaches will also be on hand. As a special offer if people decide to join the club on the day the joining fee will be waived.
Contact Mark on 0404 878 688 or
Kew Historical Society Heritage Bus Tour of Kew 2.00pm - 4.00pm Depart from Kew Library, Cotham Road, Kew
Bookings are essential prior to event. Ring 9853 8758
Discover Kew’s historic buildings, houses and gardens at their best.
Limited seating. Walking shoes, hats, shades and sunscreen advised.
Tram route 16 stop 80, route 48 stop 34 or route 109 stop 35
Kew Historical Society Tour of Kew Cemetery 2.00pm - 4.00pm Meet at the main gate, corner of High Street and Parkhill Road.
Bookings are essential prior to event. Ring 9853 8758
A fascinating venture into Kew’s ancestry. Walking shoes, hats, shades and sunscreen advised.
Tram route 48 stop 36
Boroondara Symphonic Band Concert 2.30pm - 4.00pm Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Cnr Cotham and Glenferrie Roads, Kew
“Bach to the Future”
This is a Free Concert
Enquiries: 9859 3734
Tram route 16 stop 80, route 48 stop 36 or route 109 stop 36

Monday 21 March

Kew Historical Society Heritage Display and Activities 9.30am - 3.30pm Phyllis Hore room, Kew Library
Historical display and activities for local primary schools
Schools by invitation only

Wednesday 23 March

Friends of Boroondara (Kew) Cemetery Inc. Meeting 7.30pm LePine Funeral Services, 741 High Street, Kew East
Guest speaker will be Helen MacDonald, author of “Human Remains: Episodes in Human Dissection” and “Possessing the Dead: the Artful Science of Anatomy”. Helen is an award-winning historian and Postdoctoral Fellow at the Australian Centre at the University of Melbourne.
Corpses were valuable commodities during the nineteenth century. Most people preferred to go to their graves intact, so hardly anyone donated their bodies to medical schools for students to dissect. Anatomists therefore set about acquiring them in unlawful and unethical ways. This talk with explore the dark history of how people’s bodies were turned into ‘subjects for dissection’, or what grave-robbers called ‘things for the surgeons’.
Free event
Tram route 48 stop 42

Thursday 24 March

Senior Citizens Luncheon
(NB: date has changed from Wednesday)
12noon - 2.30pm Trinity Grammar School Cotham Road Kew
Festival lunch prepared and served by Trinity Grammar and Ruyton VET hospitality students. Event includes special entertainment for seniors.
Sponsored by Toscanos.
Bookings essential. Ring 9859 1743
Tram route 16 stop 80, route 48 stop 35, route 109 stop 35
Choral Singing in Kew 7.30pm - 9.30pm Sacred Heart Church, Corner Cotham and Glenferrie Road, Kew
Come along and enjoy a wonderful evening with Clough Choristers, Kew Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Sing Australia Hawthorn, The Melbourne Chorus and Yarra Gospel choirs.
Booking not required. Gold coin donation at door.
Tram route 16 stop 80, route 48 stop 36, route 109 stop 36

Saturday 26 March

Civic Service 10.00am Leo Baeck Centre for Progressive Judaism, 33 Harp Road, Kew East
Service followed by a tour of the synagogue. All welcome
Enquiries 9819 7160
Tram route 48 stop 41
Boroondara Police Station Tours 11.00am - 4.00pm Boroondara Police Station, 34 Harp Road, Kew East
Tours run hourly. Go behind the scenes and see the holding cells, the detective’s desk, photos of police in the 1800s, lost property, see inside a police car and more.
Bookings essential: Ring 8851 1111
Tram route 48 stop 39
Kew Croquet Club Open Day 2pm - 4pm Kew Croquet Club, Victoria Park, High Street, Kew
Enquiries 9898 1889
Croquet is a delightful yet challenging game. Come along to our friendly Kew Croquet Club in Victoria Park (the clubhouse was designed in the studios of Walter Burley Griffin and built in 1934) and have a go yourself. All equipment provided.
Flat sole shoes only.
Tram route 48 stop 38
Kew Community Festival Closing Concert and Fireworks 6.30pm-9.00pm Hays Paddock, Kew East
Enquires: 9853 9576
Bring a picnic and enjoy the entertainment - The Reverend Funk and the Horns of Salvation on the Main Drive Kew stage - followed by the Kew Junction Business Association spectacular fireworks display.

Sunday 27 March

Villa Alba Open Day 1.00pm-5.00pm Villa Alba, 44 Walmer Street, Kew
Enquiries: Andrew 0425 728 386
Visitors will be marvel at the progress being made in revealing and restoring the nationally significant painted decorations created in 1883-4 and will enjoy exploring the flourishing recreated formal garden. Afternoon tea available. Free entry.
Carmelite Monastery 34th Ecumenical Gathering 2.30pm Carmelite Monastery, 94 Stevenson Street, Kew
RSVP 9853 2402.
Join in this inter-denominational service incorporating religious leaders, choirs and musicians.
Followed by afternoon tea in the Monastery gardens.
Tram route 48 stop 31, route 109 stop 27
Leo Baeck Centre Annual Memorial Lecture 7.30pm Leo Baeck Centre for Progressive Judaism, 33 Harp Road, Kew East
Enquiries 9819 7160
This year’s speaker is Rebecca Forgasz, Director of the Jewish Museum of Australia. She will speak on the history and evolution of Jewish Museums since the first Jewish Museum in Vienna in 1802.
Tram route 48 stop 41