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What’s on at the CERES Community Park?

By Jamil Allouche

The CERES Community Park is one of the gems of East Brunswick. Found on the corner of Robert and Stuart Streets, CERES is an environmental education centre that proves popular with its 400,000 yearly visitors. The value it provides to the community is yet another reason to consider buying property in Brunswick.

What is CERES?

The park describes itself on its website as a place for the community to come together, share ideas around sustainable living and play a part in putting them into action. The park was established in 1982 and since that time has been transformed by countless volunteers from the rubbish dump it once was into the green slice of paradise it is today.

There are a number of social enterprises on site – a market, grocery, community kitchen, cafe and a permaculture and bushfood nursery.

Sounds of Africa Festival

Among the many wondrous things to be found at CERES are the events they run throughout the year, such as the upcoming Sounds of Africa Festival.

The festival will shine a light on African culture – the food, the music and art in particular. There'll be performances from local bands and DJs such as Echo Drama and Mohamed Camara and Jarabi, as well as stalls including Afro Duka, a retailer of Kenyan made goods, and Taste of Senegal, a local restaurant that's brought Senegalese cuisine to Melbourne. You can also try face and rock painting, African storytelling and a drumming workshop.

The festival starts on December 16 – tickets can be found on the festival's website.

Introduction to Practical Philosophy course

CERES doesn't only run events – they also provide educational opportunities, frequently hosting courses for the community.

An example of this is the upcoming "Introduction to Practical Philosophy" course. Over 10 weeks, participants will have the chance to absorb ideas from both Eastern and Western philosophers and writers. The meaning of things like wisdom, truth and consciousness will be explored – perfect for anyone who has ever asked "What am I doing here?" or "Am I truly happy?".

The course doesn't offer any certifications and there are no exams to sit – it's simply an opportunity to contemplate how to live your life in a valuable way. The course starts on January 31 – if you're interested, more information can be found on the CERES website.

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