Over 5,000 attend the Pacific Test Fan Day in Blacktown
In partnership with the National Rugby League and as part of our Sister Cities link to New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, Blacktown Council hosted the 2017 Pacific Test Fan Day at Francis Park Blacktown from 4-8pm on Wednesday, 3 May and what a FANtastic evening was had by all those who attended.
Working closely with former NRL player Frank Puletua, Senior Manager–Pacific Strategy, the attraction of the top players from the rugby league teams of England, Papua New Guinea, Tonga, Fiji, Cook Islands and Samoa in the heartland of Western Sydney drew over 5,000 fans in a family friendly atmosphere. Stalls, a dedicated activation zone, central stage, entertainment, DJ, drummers and performance groups complemented the appearance of players, coaches and officials from the 6 team participating in the Pacific Test series.
The Mayor of Blacktown, Cr Stephen Bali addressed the large crowd and was even photographed with giant Tongan winger Manu (The Beast) Vatuvei.
The photographs of the night show the excitement and enjoyment of the evening.
Pyeongtaek Noongar visit to Tyndale Christian School
Tyndale Christian School at Blacktown hosted a performance on Friday 31 March by Pyeongtaek Noongar, a traditional professional dance group from South Korea. An enthusiastic audience of 700 pupils and staff attended this outstanding performance. For highlights check out the photographs.
Visit from Gwacheon City Council, South Korea
Blacktown Council recently hosted a delegation of 9 Council officers from Gwacheon City Council, South Korea. The group were in Australia as a reward for their outstanding community service. A briefing session was conducted by Peter Filmer (Manager, Events and Sister Cities) and Greg McCallum (Sister Cities Project Officer) with focus on customer service and complaint handling.
Visit and performances by the Le Moana collective from New Zealand
Blacktown was privileged to host a visit from Le Moana in December 2016.
The Le Moana collective are graduates of the internationally renowned Whitireia Performing Arts who have been professionally trained in Māori Haka from New Zealand, Siva from Sāmoa, Ura from the Cook Islands and the New Zealand Contemporary Dance. The group was established as a vessel for cultural enrichment and as a platform for the development of Pacific Heritage and Contemporary dance on a locally and internationally.
Their performance in the Bowman Hall on Tuesday, 13 December with over 400 patrons of 1918, winner of the critics’ choice and top box office awards at the 2016 San Diego International Fringe Festival, was outstanding. The production explored the effects of the devastating Spanish influenza pandemic that killed over 25% of the Samoan population.
The group also conducted a workshop for students from Blacktown Girls High School which was well attended.
See some of the highlights of the Le Moana performance and workshop. Wonderful to watch and participate.
We’ll see if we can bring them back sometime soon or maybe in 2018 for an encore of 1918.
Hungarian President visits Featherdale Wildlife Park, Blacktown
On Friday, 11 November 2016, the Hungarian President His Excellency Janos Ader accompanied by the first lady Anita and the Australian Hungarian Ambassador, Dr Attila Gruber visited Featherdale Wildlife Park, Blacktown. Glenn Willis, Chief Executive Officer from Elanor Investors hosted the delegation.
The Mayor of Blacktown Cr Stephen Bali presented a gift to the President in recognition of his visit. The delegation enjoyed a tour of the Wildlife Park and were able to get up close and personal to the animals.
Remembrance Day formalities were observed during the visit with bugler Bill Belcher from the Blacktown City Band performing the Last Post.
Dietrich-Bonhoeffer Gymansium Middle School (Germany) visit Mitchell High School, Blacktown
Mitchell High School welcomed teachers and students from Dietrich-Bonhoeffer Gymansium Middle School (Germany) in October 2016 as part of their Sister School partnership. Blacktown Council hosted a reception for the visitors, teachers, staff and billeting families from Mitchell High School.