[First filed: November 15, 2008 @ 16:17]
With the end of the year fast upon us so too comes the Belconnen Community Festival.
There one finds row after row of worthy institutions and Government agencies set up in little booths hoping that someone, anyone will come by and take a flyer.
A lack of shade ensures only the hardiest take a seat, sit down, and listen to whatever’s going on on the huge main stage. More often than not it appeared to be another dour lecture on sustainability and what a lovely corset you can make from recycled fencing material.
Different tentacles of the Labor party were in evidence everywhere. Be it the bravos of the Young Labor Left, the Labor Club, or their cousins from the CFMEU. Too often it felt as if we were being lectured rather than entertained.
Having said that, the free cordial (in decent sized cups) was hugely appreciated. The reptile display was really very good and the python handlers were fantastic at getting kids to touch the snakes for a furtive thrill.
When the music played it was excellent and there were multiple genres on display.
I can’t help feeling the event is still more concerned with being worthy, rather than being fun.
Having said all that, it beat being in the mall on a Saturday afternoon.