OUR SAY Toowoomba cel­e­brates diver­sity

The Chronicle - - Your Say - ED­I­TOR JA­SON GIBBS ja­son.gibbs@thechron­i­cle.com.au

TOOWOOMBA has of­ten been la­belled a town bereft of iden­tity out­side of our tra­di­tional draw card, the Car­ni­val of Flow­ers.

But I be­lieve the week­end proved just how wrong those crit­ics are with the Gar­den City play­ing host to two events that cel­e­brated iden­tity and cul­ture.

First up was the visit of res­i­dents from Toowoomba’s Ja­pa­nese sis­ter city Takat­suki.

In­cluded among those vis­i­tors were sev­eral young foot­ball teams.

Of­ten con­sid­ered a great “uni­fier” I am con­stantly amazed by how much sport – in this case foot­ball – can bring cul­tures to­gether and cel­e­brate their dif­fer­ences at the same time.

I’ve played in plenty of foot­ball teams over the years and al­ways found great joy in talk­ing to play­ers from other coun­tries be­cause it changed the way I looked at the game I loved play­ing.

A joy I’m sure you would’ve seen in all the play­ers at Mid­dle Ridge Park at the week­end.

And then of course there was yes­ter­day’s Toowoomba Lan­guages and Cul­tures Fes­ti­val.

You’d be hard-pressed to find an event that ac­knowl­edges, en­cour­ages and cel­e­brates diver­sity, iden­tity and cul­ture more than the fes­ti­val.

Now in its 13th year the fes­ti­val is some­thing we can all en­joy.

If you haven’t at­tended one I highly rec­om­mend you go in 2019.

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