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Region's diverse cultures connect in celebation at festival

GRACEFUL MOVES: Thai Community Dancers perform at last year’s multicultural festival.
GRACEFUL MOVES: Thai Community Dancers perform at last year’s multicultural festival. Christopher Chan

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Art of Film

A world of food at Gladstone's Multicultural Festival

WHAT makes the Gladstone Multicultural Festival so important to the community?

Is it the celebration of cultures, diverse community, ability to welcome others into our region, or all of the above?

The exciting week of events will kick off in Gladstone on Friday and is set to bring with it some enthralling activities, workshops, cooking demonstrations, forums and more.

The festival at the Gladstone Marina is set for Sunday, August 4.

The film makers workshop is also set to be a huge hit during the festival.

There is a skills shortage in our region and these people can provide the gaps we are looking for.

Gladstone Multicultural Association president Craig Butler said the festival was all about recognising the different cultures we have in our region.

"It's about the contribution they make. And working with them and understanding their culture and other ethnic groups in the region," he said.

"And for them to understand the Aussie way of life and to mix with the community."

The festival gives people of all ages the opportunity to enjoy the events of the week, learn more about our cultural diversity and indulge in some unique foods.

Mr Butler said some of the region's migrants and ethnic groups had tremendous skills and abilities and the region could use their talents.

"There is a skills shortage in our region and these people can provide the gaps we are looking for."

He said the association saw the festival as an opportunity to showcase cultures through a week of activities in which community members could participate.

"I think certainly the film making workshop is a highlight," Mr Butler said.

"And the festival on the Sunday is definitely the highlight of the week.

"The forum on the Friday will also be a valuable tool for learning about cultural integration."

Mr Butler said the biggest challenge for Gladstone was learning to accept cultures, as we have such a wide range.

He said when partners and families of workers were engaged in communities, all enjoying a happy home life, workers would be more valuable as employees as their 'happy home life' extended to the workforce.

"Then the employee is likely to stay for a longer period of time, rather than if you have an unhappy home life," he said.

"The challenge for us as a community is learning to accept these people and make them feel welcomed, happy and engaged in the community."

Event details

  • WHAT: Gladstone Multicultural Festival
  • WHEN: Sunday, August 4
  • WHAT: Activities and entertainment

Art of Film

Film makers workshop

  • WHEN: Friday, July 26 to 28
  • WHERE: Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum
  • COST: $40
  • INFORMATION: 4976 6766

A world of food at Gladstone's Multicultural Festival

DELICIOUS flavours from across the globe are set to entice and allure when Gladstone's Multicultural Festival comes to town.

DELISH DISHES: Exotic Indian cuisine will be on offer.
DELISH DISHES: Exotic Indian cuisine will be on offer. Lee Constableapn

From German, Dutch, Indian, Sri Lankan, Jamaican, Thai, Hungarian, Fijian and Filipino - the list of specialty cuisines goes on.

Gladstone Multicultural Association vice president - festivals and projects Peter O'Dwyer said these groups are all specialised in their foods, making it special.

"It's different flavours people can sample in a small area," he said.

"Better than going to the supermarket."

Though his last name signifies Irish background, Mr O'Dwyer admitted to very much enjoying the, good old German sausage as a favourite, showcasing his German-side heritage.

The festival will run from tomorrow to Sunday, August 4 and will present a huge selection of mouth-watering and exotic foods.

A range of tasty beef jerky, otherwise known as southern cross jerky, wood-fired pizzas and exotic candy and licorice will also be available.

Topics:  diversity, gladstone multicultural festival, gladstone region, multicultural week




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