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Zillmere residents learn skills to hold successful stall

Grace Samuel took part in a workshop which taught skills to run a successful stall at the Zillmere Festival in September. Grace, originally from South Sudan, will be selling unique and authentic jewellery and clothing from Africa.
Grace Samuel took part in a workshop which taught skills to run a successful stall at the Zillmere Festival in September. Grace, originally from South Sudan, will be selling unique and authentic jewellery and clothing from Africa. Contributed

MORE than 15 people gathered at Kurbingui Youth Development centre recently to develop their entrepreneurial skills ahead of the Zillmere Festival.

The workshop run by Marist 180 was designed to help first-time stall holders build the skills and knowledge they will need to run a successful stall at the September 9 festival.

Kurbingui Youth Development spokesman Kevin Maud said, "The workshop is one way we can get local community members involved in the festival and we hope that the Zillmere Festival will be the start of their business which they can continue to grow beyond the festival.”

He said for many of the participants the workshop was the first step in putting an idea into action.

Stall ideas included traditional Indigenous, Samoan and Syria food, hand-tailored clothing and bags, African jewellery, henna and street foods from South East Asia.

Workshop participant Colum Kopana said, "I have always had this idea to sell my clothes but I didn't know how to start. Today was the first stepping stone for me and I am excited about the festival and the future.”

The Zillmere Festival celebrates the diversity of Zillmere and surrounding areas. This year is its 15th year and it is returning to O'Callaghan Park where it began.

Mr Maud said this year's festival would have an increased focus on showcasing local talent and involving local people, and would offer a wide range of food stalls, free activities for children and young people and an extensive line-up of performers.

Topics:  kurbingui youth development marist 180


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