Emerge in Dandenong 2016




The free event will include popular food trucks and stalls, symbolising the immigrant groups that made Dandenong Market their home throughout our 150th history. What’s your flavour? Italian, Indian, Vietnamese? There will be a delicious array of freshly-made food for you to choose from.

For the event, Dandenong Market has partnered with Multicultural Arts Victoria for a day of performances from local bands and artists, on the Emerge stage. Performances will include Trident, a fusion ensemble who combine North Indian classical music with Western music; Bindaas Bollywood Dance; and Sol Nation who draw upon a wealth of international musical culture to bring you a melting pot of reggae, samba, funk, salsa, East Timorese folksong and African dance music.

The Jubilee celebration will  also feature fun for the whole family: there will be a whole zone for free face painting, Tā moko face painting and henna body art.

In homage to the market’s 150 years, visitors can also take selfies in the interactive photo booth which will be a 19th-century market stall, complete with colonial-era costumes and props to try on and pose with.

The Jubilee will also feature an interactive animal farm – a nod to our livestock market roots – and a fun fair will complete the event with old-fashioned games and rides for visitors to enjoy.  

Local community groups Greater Dandenong ScoutsDandenong Cricket Club and the Dandenong & District Netball Association will also be attending the 150th Jubilee to inspire and engage with event visitors.

Multicultural Arts Victoria Emerge Stage

Sudanese Children’s Choir (11am)
St Bakhita’s Sudanese community choir was established in 2006 by dedicated Sudanese singers who started back home and continued through Egypt, where most choir members met.  In Australia, the main purpose of the choir was to sing for monthly Arabic Sudanese mass which takes place every third Sunday of the month at St. Anthony’s Catholic Parish in Noble Park. The choir comes together every week to rehearse and learn new songs from all over the world.  It is also accompanied by a dancing-children group who expresses and adds a strong meaning in a very special traditional Southern Sudan way of praising.

DFX Barbershop (11:30am) 
Melbourne-based DFX BARBERSHOP present an all Samoan quintet of five gentlemen and their passion of a capella 1930s style harmonies to the stage. Each come from an involvement in music from a very young age, with the group evolving from their church Youth Group, where it all started in 2014. 

Ozil Hussainy (12pm)
Ozil Hussainy is a young man of Afghan origin who plays and sings traditional folk songs. He is currently doing year 12 at Narre Warren High school.

Bindaas Bollywood Dance (12:15pm)
Bindaas Bollywood Dance is a performance company based in Melbourne that specialises in presenting the vibrant and colourful world of Indian dance and Bollywood. The magnetism and beauty of the culture is universal and appealing to any age, gender and background. For many years now, Bindaas has been thrilling audiences not only throughout Victoria (metropolitan Melbourne and rural), but also Sydney, Perth & Darwin. With experienced performers, teachers, choreographers & musician, Bindaas places a great focus on delivering an unforgettably extravagant show.

The Burundian Drumming Group (1pm)
The Burundian Drumming Group is multigenerational, with fathers teaching their sons the art of drumming and performance. In Burundi, the drum is a sacred musical instrument. The ingoma drums which you see today are made from hollowed out tree trunks topped with animal skin. The group’s set of ingoma was actually created in Melbourne by the community. Enjoy the rhythm and excitement as they drum, dance, jump and sing in celebration

Trident (1.45pm)
Trident is a unique three-way fusion ensemble which looks to combine North Indian classical music with Carnatic music and Western music. The two ancient forms of Indian music have been considered to be two distinct forms of music, yet sharing the same roots. When fused together they form a powerful confluence and when combined with contemporary western music, they become an irresistible musical offering.

Last Minute (2:20pm)
Last Minute are a psychedelic hip-hop and rock-reggae band from the southeast of Melbourne. Honest and raw in their portrayal of the monotonous and the every day, Last Minute strip away noise and clutter and focus on the fundamentals. They are diverse through their sound, influenced by many genres and artists including Bob Marley, Ocean Alley, Damien Marley and Harry Coulson.

Sol Nation (3pm)
Infectious rhythm, worldly lyrics and impassioned musicianship are just the beginning for any Sol Nation performance. From Lisbon to Cairns, Dili to Port Louis, Sol Nation draws upon a wealth of international musical culture to bring you a melting pot of reggae, samba, funk, salsa, East Timorese folk song and African dance music.


10am – 4pm: Children’s face painting

10am – 4pm: Tā moko face painting

10am – 4pm: Henna body art

10am – 4pm: Free animal farm

10am – 4pm: Interactive selfie booth with dress-ups and props

11am – 3pm: Awe-inspiring stilt-walkers from Circus Mystique will be roaming the event space.


Rides are $5 each. Tickets can be purchased from the ticket box in the rides area.

Cup and saucer ride: A ride for the whole family, the Cup and Saucer Ride has six tea cups, which can be spun as fast or slow as you like. Riders must be at least 3 years old, and the ride holds a capacity of up to 24 people.

Chair-o-plane:  The Chair-O-Plane is a real crowd pleaser at all events. This ride suits children from three to 15 years of age, with a capacity of 20 children at a time.

Jurrasic adventure: An awesome inflatable made for exploring.

Classic laughing clowns: What fun fait would be complete without the classic laughing clowns? Test your coordination and timing and get those points!


What:  Dandenong Market 150th Jubilee
Where: Dandenong Market. Corner Clow and Cleeland Street, Dandenong.
When:  Sunday 16 October 2016
Time:  10am – 4pm
Cost:  Free entry, no booking required


Dandenong World Fare will take place on The Terrace, directly east of The Bazaar and Market Square. The Terrace can be accessed by walking through the market, or can be entered by foot via King Street or Clow Street.