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People from the Ukrainian community prepare to march along
Summer Street for the Cherry Blossom Carnival.
Photo courtesy Wasyl and Rosalia Borschtsch
Migrants brought a new depth of culture to Orange. Through music,
dance and song they enriched their lives and
those of Australians. Talented newcomers, from folk dancers to
opera singers, found music the perfect medium
through which to engage with local people.
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Bloomfield Theatrical Society's production of
'The Student Prince'. A number of migrants
were involved on and off stage with the
Photo courtesy Les and Dot Warburton
One of the most successful initiatives was the Bloomfield Theatrical
Society which, using the talents of migrants and
Australians, entertained locals for years with regular musicals and
light opera. Leading lights among the migrants,
such as Danny Broz, Karl Domin and Lou Rochelli, delighted
audiences with their shows.
There were also a number of classical musicians among the migrants
who were welcomed into local musical circles,
notably Frank and Hilde Center and their sons Steve and Bob.
Some groups, such as the Dutch, Ukrainians, Hungarians and Greeks,
formed their own community organisations, sometimes centred around