Newly formed Shepparton band The World Collective will debut its live show at Shepparton’s Converge on the Goulburn event.
Held during the final weekend of the Shepparton Festival, the event brings together food, culture and performance from the area’s diverse community.
The World Collective director Jason Giuliani said the group consisted of 11 musicians and vocalists who would perform an array of music from all over the world.
‘‘We’ll have African, Tongan, Maori, Brazilian, Portuguese and indigenous music,’’ he said.
Mr Giuliani said the group also welcomed anyone in the community who felt like they could bring something to the collective.
‘‘They can get in touch with us via sending a message on our Facebook page — The World Collective,’’ he said.
Group member Matt Head said the idea to form the collective came about after some conversations last year.
‘‘I’ve more recently moved back to Shepparton from Melbourne,’’ he said.
Mr Head said he had completed a six-week tour of Ethiopia in recent years which would inspire the music he brought to the group.
The group will perform for about 40 minutes during the beginning of Converge from about 5.15pm onwards, where people of all ages and backgrounds are invited to join in the fun.
Greater Shepparton festival and event organiser Bonnie McIntosh said Converge would also mark the beginning of Cultural Diversity Week.
‘‘There’ll be authentic foods cooked by our local communities in the vibrant marketplace atmosphere,’’ she said.
There will be limited seating available so patrons are advised to bring picnic blankets and chairs.
Converge on the Goulburn will be held on Saturday from 4pm to 8.30pm at Victoria Park Lake, Wyndham St, Shepparton. Entry is free. The event is alcohol free. There will be no fireworks.
For more information on The World Collective, visit its Facebook page www.facebook.com/TheWorldCollectiveMusic/