Dwayne Bravo and friends from the Melbourne Caribbean community.
Image: Amanda Linardon
Source: Museum Victoria
Dwayne Bravo, West Indian cricketer and DEC Bushranger, dropped in to the Immigration Museum to meet some kids from the Victorian Caribbean community ahead of Kids Fest: Cool Caribbean on Sunday 10 January.
Dwayne helped Georgia, Ashlee and Harrison Muller and Noah, Jacob and Naomi Chinnama make paper cricket bats and tried on a toucan mask that the kids created. He also visited the new exhibition Caribbean Calalloo: Mixing it up in Victoria and was impressed with the cricket memorabilia, which includes a cricket bat signed by the famous West Indian cricketer Brian Lara.
“It’s great seeing the Caribbean community recognised through this exhibition and that their West Indian origins are not forgotten," said Dwayne. “Visiting somewhere like this, on the other side of the world, and seeing these typically West Indian sights is a nice reminder of home.”
Cricket is a national passion of many West Indians. At Kids Fest, families can create cricket bats and enjoy many other Caribbean themed activities, including making their own drum kits and rasta bracelets. Kids can also dance up a storm during Caribbean dance performances and workshops.
“Kids Fest is, for some young children, their first chance to interact with cultures other than the one they grew up with. Getting kids to participate in activities that represent something from Caribbean life helps them understand the similarities between everyone, no matter what background they come from”, says Ric Atkinson, Programs Officer at Immigration Museum.
Kids Fest: Cool Caribbean is on Sunday 10 January from 11am to 4pm at the Immigration Museum.