Celebrate Melton’s history

Melton Heritage Festival is back this week. (Supplied)

A celebration of all things heritage and history in Melton returns this week.

The Heritage Festival invites residents to explore Melton’s diverse and rich cultural history through a range of workshops, activities and talks for a month starting April 18.

Highlights include the historical magic show ‘Nine and a Half Things You Did Not Know About Harry Houdini’, the unveiling of the Partners of Veterans Association’s ‘Love, Peace, and Unity’

Quilt and the launch of Melton libraries’ new ‘Collecting Family Cookbooks’ program.

The festival kicks off on April 18 with a celebration at the Melton Library and Learning Hub, featuring live music from Drongo and the Crow.

Award-winning podcaster and musician Simon Reich will recount the stories of World War Two migrants at the Bonegilla Migrant Camp through interviews, videos and live music.

All events are free to attend, but bookings are required for some programs.

Melton deputy mayor Steve Abboushi said this is a golden opportunity to explore Melton’s past, with activities for kids, families and adults alike.

“Our diverse community has so many stories to tell, and the Heritage Festival is a chance to uncover all those stories and bring them to life.”

Details: www.melton.vic.gov.au/heritagefestival or 9747 5300.