Uni in support as Central Highlands celebrates cultural diversity
Published on 28 August, 2012
The Central Highlands celebrated its cultural diversity throughout the region yet again during the annual Multicultural Festival at Emerald Showgrounds on Saturday (Aug 25).
Now in its eighth year, the festival continues to provide the community with an opportunity to showcase the many different cultures that make up the region.
The Multicultural Festival has grown from its origin in 2005 at Pioneer Park (Emerald Racecourse), moving to the larger venue of the Emerald Showgrounds in 2009 to accommodate its continued growth.
This year's event attracted a crowd of over 6000 people, with 50 exhibitors, including 20 food stalls.
CQUniversity was a major sponsor of the event, supporting an African exhibit with the Emerald staff getting into the spirit of things, donning their pith helmets and safari attire.
Operations and Project Manager, Gai Sypher said, "CQUniversity was proud to sponsor the Multicultural Festival as it encompasses our vision for community engagement and our strong commitment to inclusiveness and equity in our region".
Global cuisine featured at the festival with various cultures displaying fine fare including a traditional New Zealand hangi, Thai food, Tongan fare, Peruvian delights and pancakes to name a few. Such variety ensured the 6000 plus crowd had plenty to choose from.
The line-up of entertainment involved a mixture of performances ranging from local dance clubs to multicultural dance troupes including Tongan and Filipino dancers, stilt walkers, Medieval players, young Springsure duo Far Away Places and festival headliners The JAM Band. Amusements included children's rides, arts and crafts, musical activities and camel rides.
Multicultural Festival Coordinator, Kymberlee Senior from the Central Highlands Development Corporation said, "The highlight for me was the support and involvement of so many exhibitors and volunteers ... which resulted in the overall success of the festival".
With free admission and beautiful mild weather, the night was thoroughly enjoyed by all in attendance.