Cockburn Cultural Fair: choir to celebrate peace


The Peace Choir’s infectious melodies will get the crowd joining in. Picture: Jon Hewson        www.communitypix.com.au   d467916
The Peace Choir’s infectious melodies will get the crowd joining in. Picture: Jon Hewson        www.communitypix.com.au d467916

A CHOIR which fled civil war in Africa will perform songs inspired by its past at Cockburn’s Cultural Fair in Atwell this Saturday.

Choir leader Jean Philip Irambona said the group was founded by members of a Tanzanian refugee camp 20 years ago to express their feelings about what was happening back home.

“When we were in Burundi we had the war,” he said.

“We started the Burundi Peace Choir to sing it, to dance it, to forget what was happening in my country.”

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The Spearwood-based choir’s talented singers and musicians have planned an energetic 40-minute performance.

“We’re looking forward to singing, dancing, and having other people join in,” Mr Irambona said.

Some of the attractions on offer at the free event will include exotic food stalls, a Chinese water sleeve dancer, a Japanese geisha and performances from Los Chasquis, Pop Academy Australia, the Southern Cross Bush Band and African marimba drummers.

The grand final of Cockburn’s Got Talent will also be held on centre stage.

Singing coach Jenelle Russo and some of her students will also perform, with five of her budding stars in the grand final.

Hamilton Hill sustainability guru Chris Ferreira will hold a cooking demonstration and caricature artist Jeremy Goodchild will be creating unique portraits.

What: Cockburn Cultural Fair 2017
When: 10am to 4pm, April 22
Where: Harmony Oval, Harmony Avenue, Atwell
Information: www.cockburn.wa.gov.au.