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.