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Poppy-making workshop at Maroondah Festival to mark Armistice Centenary

Published on 09 November 2018
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On Sunday 11 November, the community is invited to join in a poppy making session and add their own personal touch to a visually moving backdrop to this year’s Maroondah Festival.

It’s all part of the Poppy Project, a series of poppy-making workshops being held in Maroondah that will culminate in a commemorative ‘poppy field’ art installation on the lawns of Town Park, Croydon.

Led by artist Lisa Garcia, the Remembrance Day community arts project is helping younger participants understand the historic symbolism of the poppy, while giving them a sense of being part of a collective art piece.

With the artist’s help, more than 200 members and leaders from the 1st Maroondah Scouts in Ringwood North have together produced hundreds of poppies using recycled materials.

“The Scouts were an amazing group of people and worked tirelessly and as a cohesive unit to complete so many poppies. We used recycled plastic bottles, weed mat, sticks and bubble wrap to produce hundreds of beautiful poppies,” Lisa said.

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Lisa will be hosting free poppy craft-making workshops during the Maroondah Festival to give festival-goers the opportunity to make their own poppies.

The community can learn how to craft poppies from supplied recycled materials that will be added to the Remembrance Day ‘field of poppies’ – an art display that will honour, thank and remember our nation’s fallen heroes.

Worn on Remembrance Day, poppies were among the first flowers to grow along the battlefields of northern France and Belgium during World War I, a region where Australian troops fought.

The poppy-making workshop is one of the most poignant activities of this year’s Maroondah Festival.

This Remembrance Day, on 11 November 2018, marks 100 years since the signing of the Armistice, the historic agreement that led to the end of World War I.

The Maroondah community is encouraged to contribute to the Armistice Centenary commemorations and the artwork by attending the poppy-making workshops or by hosting their own poppy-making activity.

The poppy-making workshop will be located at the MCH (Maternal & Child Health) stand at the Maroondah Festival, to be held from 10am to 4pm on Sunday 11 November 2018, at Town Park, Croydon.

The Croydon RSL will also host a special Remembrance Day service on the James N Stevens Memorial Lawn, Civic Square, Croydon, from 10.45am. At exactly 11am, all festival activities will pause for a minute’s silence.

Please remember Maroondah Festival is a smoke-free, alcohol-free and dog-free event (service dogs welcome).

For a full program of events, see our Maroondah Festival 2018 guide

Further information 

For more information on Maroondah Festival, phone the Festival hotline on 9294 5604. 

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