Ashfield's Pratten Park Community Sport and Bowling Club (or the Pratto) is getting a new lease of life through an exciting new multicultural music initiative.
A $54,000 grant from Live Music Australia has allowed the Pratto, one of Sydney's oldest bowlos, to host culturally diverse live music sets twice a month, with performances by Balkan jazz troupes, Indigenous Folk artists, Lebanese rock bands, and East African hip hop groups.
This new chapter for the Pratto brings together an unlikely duo in 92-year-old club president Gladys Barnes and underground record producer Richard Petkovic, who are both eager for the Pratto to reflect the changing multicultural community of Ashfield.
The Pratto has already made a name for itself on the live music scene, hosting the Inner West Music Fest and Jazz at the Pratto series.
The Club has also partnered with Metro Assist in a social enterprise providing refugees and migrants the opportunity to learn cooking and hospitality skills and a pathway to employment.
Thank you to Gladys, Richard, and all the staff at Pratto, for creating a new live music space for up-and-coming new multicultural and POC artists.