Christmas traditions at Sumava

Saturday, 8 December 2012 - 2:00pm
Sumava Peksa Park
46 Locks Way
Belgrave South, VIC
This is a traditional day of Slovak Christmas traditions at Sumava. Make your own Christmas decorations or learn more about Slovak Christmas dinner and its traditions. Dont miss the visit of St Nicholas who will bring small gifts for all good children.

Vodafest 2013 - Czech and Slovak Festival

Saturday, 16 March 2013 - 12:00pm
Austrian Club
90 Sheehan Road
Heidelberg West, VIC 3081

The third Vodafest Czech and Slovak festival will take place on 16 March 2013 at the Austrian Club in Heidelberg West. This year’s new location will be more convenient for more people. This will be an opportunity to showcase your heritage. Please bring your Aussie friends and neighbours with you as we’re hoping for a bumper crowd.

See you there for regional costumes, folkdancing, tasty local specialties, activities for children and much, much more!

Vodafest makes a financial contribution to Sumava Peksa Park

The new committee of Vodafest Association would like to express a special thanks to Sumava Peksa Park for their generous support and help with organisation of the two past festivals. Special thanks belongs to Alena Semecka, Helena Kolnik and Franta Vana for their valuable advises and willingness to help with festival preparations at all times. The Committee also thanks to all the board of trustees and other supporters from Sumava Peksa Park.

What does the Vodafest logo means?

Association LogoMany believe that the logo represents the extreme weather associated with the past two Vodafests. In 2010 we had enjoyed a heavy rain and a year and a half later we experienced the 40 degree heat.

I can assure you that the weather has played no role in the development of Vodafest logo. The symbolic drop of water composed of two national flags - the Czech and Slovak, represents a vision of Vodafest to represent our two cultures in a multicultural and dynamic environment of Australia, which could be perceived as a multicultural ocean. We would like to belong to this ocean which is created by many drops. At the same time we don’t want to be just another drop in the ocean but we want to showcase our uniqueness and specific cultures and traditions.

Three main objectives of Vodafest Association for 2012 - 2013

There are several challenges awaiting the new Committee in the next year so I would like to introduce you the main three objectives of the Vodafest Association for the following year:

  1. Organisation of Vodafest 2013 - Czech and Slovak Festival
    As a main activity of our Association, Vodafest 2013 will stay the main focus for the new Committee who already commenced the organisation of the festival and we will regularly update you on its development. Festival organization requires considerable resources and human effort. Areas such as grants, marketing and communications of the festival, permissions and licenses, festival program and activities for children or adults involve some organisational skills and experience.

New Vodafest Committee for 2012 - 2013

Dear friends of Vodafest,

My name is Katarina Tomka and I am a new president of Vodafest – Czech and Slovak Association. I am glad that I can welcome you to this monthly Vodafest blog which I believe will bring you regular news and updates about Vodafest 2013 but also some interesting insight into the happening around Vodafest - Czech and Slovak Association and it’s other activities.

Victorian Slovaks in the 2013 Australia Day March

Saturday, 26 January 2013 - 10:00am
Town Hall
Swanston St & Bourke St
Melbourne, VIC 3000

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Dancing Night with Vintage Blue Band

Saturday, 13 October 2012 - 8:00pm
National House
597 Queensberry Street
North Melbourne, VIC

Come and enjoy an evening of Czech music with Vintage Blue Band. The traditional guitar band formation with singer Ivana Kolingerova, solo guitarist Premysl Kunz and the acoustic 12-string guitar player Ivan Zachar will introduce some of their own songs and play famous Czech music songs.

Entry fee: $10, includes a glass of wine or shot.

Saint Wenceslaus Day at Sumava

Sunday, 30 September 2012 - 2:00pm
Sumava Peksa Park
46 Locks Way
Belgrave South, VIC

The day of Saint Wenceslaus, the patron of Czech emigrants, is celebrated annually with a traditional lunch, holy mass and a remembrance ceremony. Lunch will be served from 12pm, followed by holy mass celebrated by Father Peter Dikos at 2pm. At 3pm, memory of lost countrymen will be remembered. An entertainment program with traditional raffle will close the day at Sumava.

ASAV Funraiser / Fundraiser

Saturday, 22 September 2012 - 7:00pm
Sacred Heart Hall
116 Cotham Rd
Kew, VIC 3101

After the AGM, Australian Slovaks' Association in Victoria would like to invite everybody to a family evening with dancing, mini-quiz about Slovakia, competition for the most delicious Slovak food and a raffle.

Admission: adults $20 (children under 15 free), members / retirees / students $15, and a tray of Slovak delicious food cooked at home to cover communal table. Microwave and gas oven will be available for reheating.

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