Carols in Park to star Idol favourite Paulini

AUSTRALIAN Idol star Paulini Curuenavuli fondly recalls growing up in Bankstown and attributes her singing success to her involvement in the council’s Talent Advancement Program (TAP).

This Saturday, she is returning to her singing roots to feature in Canterbury Bankstown’s Carols in the Park at Wiley Park.
“I’m not sure I would’ve had the confidence to walk in to that very first audition of Australian Idol if it wasn’t for TAP,” Paulini said.
“I’m looking forward to coming back to Carols in the Park and the joy this brings along with the community spirit.
“I also love seeing a large diversity of families with nothing but 100 per cent acceptance.”
Mayor Bilal El-Hayek encouraged the community to come along to the free event on Saturday, December 2, and get into the holiday spirit.
“We’ve lined up some fantastic entertainment, plenty of activities for the kids and great food for all the family to enjoy,” he said.
The jam-packed program of onstage entertainment also includes everyone’s favourite Christmas carols performed by The Voice 2022 finalist Thndo, Salsa Kingz, Bankstown City Choir and TAP students.
An Auslan interpreter will be present for the on-stage performances, so everyone can enjoy the show.
There will also be a variety of free activities including children’s craft workshops, face painting and roving bouncing elves.
The night will end with a special visit from Santa Claus himself, bought to you by Bankstown Sports, and a fantastic fireworks display.
All of the fun will kick off at Wiley Park Amphitheatre from 4pm. This event is sponsored by Bankstown Sports and Canterbury Bankstown Torch.
The following week on Sunday, December 10, 6-9.30pm, families are invited to Carols by Candlelight in Playford Park, Padstow.
With the Bankstown and Yagoona Brass Bands performing, the evening’s comperes will be Rebecca Currier and Blake Fischer from SingOz Studio in Revesby.
Other special performances will be on offer from TAP as well as from former State MP for East Hills, Wendy Lindsay, with Ronald McDonald hosting a magic show just before the fireworks.
There will be food trucks available and attendees are asked to bring a picnic rug or chairs.