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New date announced for a fun-filled Walking Thomastown

New date announced for a fun-filled Walking Thomastown

Friday, August 04, 2023

Get set to light up the night with the return of the much-loved community illumination event, Walking Thomastown on Saturday 2 September 2023 from 6pm to 9pm. 

The event, proudly presented by the City of Whittlesea in collaboration with the Thomastown Precinct Action Group, will be an unforgettable journey through the heart of Thomastown, experiencing its unique character, rich heritage, and diverse cultural background. 

This free event will feature an array of breath-taking light installations, sculptures, art, live music, magicians, performances, soundscapes, and family-friendly entertainment.  

City of Whittlesea Chair Administrator, Lydia Wilson, is excited to announce the new date, following the event’s postponement in May due to bad weather.  

"We're thrilled to be able to bring back this unique walking journey through Thomastown celebrating this vibrant and diverse suburb,” Lydia said.  

“Whether you’re a history buff, a lover of street art, or wanting a family night out, come and join us on a journey through the area's hidden gems and enjoy the fun-filled program.” 

Live performances at five separate spaces along the 1.6 km walking route include a performance by the award-winning Neon Ngargee; a collaborative dance, directed by Amos Roach and performed by the Murrndaya Yepengna Dancers.  

Neon Ngargee is a celebration of Kulin Nations dance and songs, combining the traditional with the contemporary. Dancers are painted in neon colours and ochre and dance under black lights. “Ngargee” means a gathering for celebration and the performance invites the community together to witness the reconnection of Songlines through singing and dancing on country. 

Other exciting performances include magic shows as part of a mini carnival at the Westgarthtown Historic Precinct, live music at Ziebell’s Farmhouse Museum and Heritage Garden, with youth performances and community dances at Thomas Street Recreation Reserve and Playground. 

“The amazing array of music, magic, dance and visual art showcases the local talent from within the Thomastown community and across the City of Whittlesea,” said Lydia. 

Don't miss this unique opportunity to experience the best of Thomastown's art, culture, and community spirit. Walking Thomastown is an inclusive event, with something for everyone. 

The event will begin at 6pm at Main Street Recreation Reserve with the journey going along Edgars Creek to the pioneer precinct at Westgarthtown and finishing at Ziebell's Farmhouse Museum and Heritage Garden. 

For more information and to view the program, visit


Image: Neon Ngargee by Murrundaya Yepengna Dance Troupe 

Image credit: Andreas Weiss, Fresh Photography