On March 26 2022, FUNPARK Festival transformed Bidwill Square into a vibrant outdoor event celebrating local music, dance, film and creativity that left no-one in doubt of the extraordinary talent coming out of Western Sydney.
There were plenty of creative workshops and activities planned throughout the day (including hula hooping, parkour and mask making), an opportunity to meet local Elders, food trucks, coffee van, art exhibition and 0-5 entertainment area.
The festival featured an incredible line-up, showcasing some of Western Sydney's best artists, including one of the most exciting and powerful new rappers in Australian music BARKAA; Hip Hop dance group The Pioneers Mega Crew; Mount Druitt soul flavoured hip-hop favourite Manifold; Fairfield's Dauntless Movement Crew combining breakdancing, parkour and acrobatics; Iti Te Ra Dance Troupe, showcasing Pacific Islander culture through dance, drumming and music; MRVZ celebrating Western Sydney through Hip Hop; the beautiful Mount Druitt Aboriginal dance group Garabara; and so much more.
FUNPARK had closed the day with a film screening featuring local filmmakers. After three postponed events, it was amazing to finally gather in person and witness the community celebrate art and culture.
Scroll down to see footage from the day including some of the artists who performed at the festival as well as our festival highlights video and the FUNPARK Kid's Reporter Program.
BARKAA is a Malyangapa, Barkindji woman from South West Sydney who uses her music to talk about contemporary issues as well as her culture. She has been listed as one of the Top 5 female rappers in Australia by ABC's Triple J and was featured in GQ Magazine labelled "The New Matriarch Of Australia Rap".
Born with a Rapper/Producer Father from early New Zealand underground Hip-Hop group 'Savage Poets' - From Boy to Man, MRVZ rooted himself in both local and overall Hip-Hop and has found his ground in his music today lifting up, celebrating and displaying the area of Western Sydney.
A hip hop crew from Mounty, Manifold wear their love for the area proudly. Manifold are all about positive outlook, supporting community and uplifting peers.
Hip Hop Megacrew The Pioneers is a Western Sydney based collective of professional and experienced dancers. The Pioneers have competed and placed in several hip hop dance championships and are currently developing a dance theatre work titled 'PIONEERS'.
The Kids Reporters Program 2022 is a part of FUNPARK and helps develop young kids audio, visual and interview skills that they could take with them into the future and especially for the FUNPARK 2022 Festival.
Footage from our 2022 FUNPARK Festival highlighting some of our workshops, activities and performances enjoyed by the community.
We acknowledge the Darug people as the Traditional Custodians of the land and waterways of which FUNPARK works and lives on. We pay our respects to Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.
Always was, always will be, Aboriginal land.