Oakleigh celebrated 10 days of food, music and culture as this month for its annual Oakleigh Music Festival.

This year’s festival attracted about 8000 people to a program that showcased local artists and musicians sharing a rich artistic culture in the heart of Oakleigh.

Highlights of the March 5 – 15 festival included percussion by the Kuntada Samul Korean drumming group, the Food Bites event where music lead the experience of tasting food, the Finding Freedom Poetry Slam, and ‘Sevdah’ music from Bosnia and Herzegovina played by Saray Illumindo.

The Oakleigh Music Festival is one of the suburb’s biggest annual events and makes a significant contribution to the region.

The Oakleigh Music Festival

While it is not known how much, in dollar value, the festival injects into the local economy council spokeswoman Joanne Robertson said the event was about “more than money”.

“Oakleigh has a thriving cosmopolitan community and this festival is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate its diversity,” she said.

“Traders we have spoken to saw a positive increase in sales across the 10 day period.”

Oakleigh Ward Councillor Stefanie Perri said the Oakleigh Music Festival Day, and the ten day program preceding it, was a success.

She said the festival was important for the Oakleigh region which had progressed to become one of the best hotspots for food, culture and music in Victoria.

“The Oakleigh Music Festival is just one way we showcase the diverse quality offerings that Oakleigh makes to local residents and visitors alike,” Cr Perri said.

“For residents, it’s an opportunity to celebrate all that is great about our community – one of Melbourne’s oldest and most vibrant suburbs with a unique experience and a strong, inclusive and positive sense of community spirit.”

The Oakleigh Music Festival is organised by Monash Council with support from Principal Sponsor South Yarra BMW, Kids Zone Sponsor 13CABS, and Media Sponsor Leader Newspapers.