True North Reservoir Arts Festival in Derebin

Last Saturday 21st March I went to the True North Festival in Derebin. I didn’t really know what to expect being from the South Eastern suburbs of Melbourne I expected it to be different to what I was used to, not only in the community, but in the scenery, area, shops, cars, roads. I had come to terms with the fact that I was likely to get very lost along the way, but the program looked good and I had set my sights on attending the street party which promised loads of entertainment and fun for the family, kids and local community.

The True North Festival has been running for two years now, showcasing a range of free pop-up arts events around the area of Reservoir. The activities and events included, musicians, art skill workshops in shipping containers, participatory public art, a street part, and a huge selection of local artists.

So at 9am I got there and everyone was still setting up the street party, coffee shops, street bar, stages, art spaces and ferris wheel. I started taking photographs and within minutes the friendly community of Derebin were chatting away to their neighbours and asking me questions about the event. I found myself giving away flyers and telling people to come back it was bound to be endless entertainment throughout the day. I met dozens upon dozens of supremely colourful, interesting and friendly people all from so many different parts of the world I couldn’t help but sit back and admire how well the Derebin community had come together to live peacefully, harmoniously so creatively together. I met people from Persia, Turkey, Iran, Iraq, and Japan all with a story to tell. I was fascinated, drawn in and couldn’t wait to see and hear more from these people.

Here is a small snapshot of the photographs I took. Thanks to everyone who made this day such an inspiring and educational day for me – restoring not only my love for street photography again but also the love I have for my city. Melbourne is such a melting pot of so many cultures coming together.

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