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Connecting Cultures At The Multicultural Festival

The Multicultural Festival is due to take place at Whitsunday PCYC in May and organisers are looking forward to their new partnership with Whitsunday Regional Council in hosting the third iteration of this bi-annual event.

This is an opportunity for our community’s wide-ranging cultures and ethnic backgrounds to come together and celebrate their unique differences by sharing food, entertainment and conversation.

This year, organisers are planning for a jumping castle, tastes of the world food stalls with free taste testing, traditional dancers and musicians, a cultural dress parade, storytime, multi-cultural art workshops, raffles and more.

The festival first took place in 2019 and was started by Sergeant Billy Li from the Whitsunday PCYC in an effort to get the community back into the facility following lengthy repair works post Cyclone Debbie.

Sergeant Billy was familiar with hosting cultural events following his time in Brisbane and saw an opportunity to introduce one here.

The festival has since become a huge success with upwards of 500 people attending each event.

For the first time this year, they are in partnership with Whitsunday Regional Council and are looking forward to expanding the event further.

“The festival is a fantastic way for people to connect with each other,” said Sergeant Billy.

“And it’s good for us all to see that we live in a very diverse community, learn from each other and experience difference.”

If you are interested in showcasing your culture as a stall holder, vendor, educator, workshop facilitator, artist, musician or dancer you can lodge your expression of interest by going to the Your Say page on the Whitsunday Regional Council website.

WHAT: Whitsunday Multicultural Festival

WHERE: Whitsunday PCYC

WHEN: Sunday, May 21 from

TIME: 10am – 2pm

Did you know that our community is made up of over 83 different ancestries with over 6,000 residents born overseas?

The Multicultural Festival is looking for performers and stall holders to participate in the event

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