The Darebin Music Feast began in 1996 and was staged over the last weekends in winter at the Northcote Town Hall. In 2001 when the Northcote Town Hall was closed for renovation the Darebin Music Feast expanded to a two week festival at a range of venues throughout the Darebin municipality.
The Darebin Music Feast has, in recent years, evolved to become a high profile and well respected Victorian community music festivals, while still retaining its grass roots music ethos. The Festival has the following aims and objectives;
- to celebrate local music
- to promote the integral value of music to the community
- to encourage, support and promote active participation by the whole community
- to encourage, support and promote innovation, debate and risk-taking
- to acknowledge, encourage and support professional musicians’ contribution to the artistic and cultural life of the community
- to foster an integrated approach to music development and encourage all areas to assist and contribute to the artistic and cultural life of the community
- to encourage, support and promote the capacity of music activities to generate economic growth for the community
The Darebin Music Feast is a festival dedicated to song-writing and community music, in all its diverse forms. It is an exciting, all-inclusive festival that includes hundreds of events and celebrates the musical diversity of one of Melbourne’s most thriving musical communities.