IT was a festive night of singing, dancing and celebration
when more than 2000 people flocked to Tolosa Park in December for Glenorchy
Carols – A Not So Silent Night.
The popular annual event featured carols, children’s games and
activities, and most important of all, a visit from Santa.
Glenorchy City Council community planning and engagement
coordinator Andrea Marquardt said it was a great family event for the Glenorchy
and greater Hobart community.
“Council was very excited to be able to present Glenorchy
Carols – A Not So Silent Night,” she said.
“The atmosphere was amazing with the crowd joining in the
sing-a-long songs and dancing in front of the stage throughout the whole event.
“There were many wonderful performers including Django’s
Tiger, ExitLeft, Sing for Your Life Choir, Choir of High Hopes, the combined
School’s Choir, Group Noise, the Tasmanian Song Company, Glenorchy City Concert
Brass, Nelson Sound, Ember City, the Intercultural Band, Andrew Short, Allison
Farrow, Nicole Farrow and Zachary Lennon.
“A real highlight was the community parade accompanied by
the Derwent Scottish Pipe Band and the Hobart Highland dancers.
“Feedback from the public was very positive about this
“Carols was hosted by a wonderful array of ABC presenters
throughout the night and those in attendance were generous in their support of
the ABC Giving Tree, which is in its 30th year.”
Ms Marquardt said they would particularly like to thank the
event sponsors and supporters, as well as the “wonderful volunteers.”
“Events like this could not operate without the support of a
number of organisations and community members who assist in the lead up and on
the evening,” she said.
Patrons also enjoyed circus skills workshops, crafting activities
in the YMCA Holiday Village and food selections from a variety of food vendors.
First time volunteer Eva Chen said she enjoyed volunteering
at the event.
“I wanted to be a volunteer because I had been involved in
helping to prepare for Carols during my internship at Glenorchy City Council
and I really wanted to be part of the event,” she said.
“I thought volunteering was the best way to be immersed in
“This was the first time I joined the Carols so I was very
excited and I spent a wonderful night there.”
A photo gallery from the event is available on the Glenorchy Carols Facebook page and at www.gcc.tas.gov.au.
Caption: From left, ExitLeft Performers Lucy MacGregor, Emily McDougall and Madison Page.