CELEBRATION OF DIVERSITY
ZAKIY Musyaffa, 5, and Yasmin Dzakiyyah, 8, ( pictured) were among the thousands of people who attended Townsville’s largest celebration of cultural diversity.
The five- day Townsville Cultural Festival ended yesterday, with organiser Dr Farvardin Daliri saying numbers flocking to the event at James Cook University were up on last year. “The community have really supported the stall holders, participants and art groups,” he said.
A FIVE- day celebration of Townsville’s cultural diversity has drawn to a close after showcasing a wide range of traditional music, food and arts.
The 2017 Townsville Cultural Festival drew thousands of people to James Cook University from Wednesday to yesterday, with executive director Dr Farvardin Daliri saying crowds were up on last year.
“There is better engagement from the community as they recognise what ( the festival) is,” Dr Daliri said.
“The community have really supported the stall holders, participants and art groups.
“Our quality has improved so many times and we always have an exciting arrangement.”
The festival featured 100 groups performing everything from folk, jazz, blues, hip- hop and rock music, to indigenous music and dance, drum circles, fire shows, cabaret, poetry, theatre, and traditional dances.
Sarah Allgood from West End attended with her hus- band, mother, and 21- monthold daughter Miranda.
“We have really enjoyed the live music, and Miranda loved the animal farm, and everything in the children’s tent,” Mrs Allgood said. “There was so much activity happening and so much to see.”
The festival also featured 30 food stalls offering a range of cultural treats including Asian delights, French crepes, Indian curries and gourmet German hotdogs. Visitors were also able to explore more than 50 market stalls with arts, crafts, fashions, information and giftware from around the world.
Festival operations manager Kaylicia Stott said the not- for- profit event, managed by the Townsville Intercultural Centre, drew strong crowds throughout the five days.
“Bollywood night on Thursday was absolutely sensational,” she said. “I like to think the festival is built from the community… and it’s been really special to witness.”
FLOWER POWER: Yasmin Dzakiyyah, 8, Diva Siregar, 7, and Trinnity Stockham, 7, at the Townsville Cultural Festival. A lamb is excited to see Hannah Holden, 3, Lilly Wealands, 4, and Bonnie Holden, 2. Bernita Boateng, 8,8 with ith Raymond Kandea, 6, and Ellen Saye, 6.
Tyler Pichlmeier, 7, tries out the Hands on Heritage display.
Alice Dale, Danni Walker and Tiana Lazzaroni.
Tom Pelling, 7, with Tyson the camel.
Hsatt Mu Nar, Chvitee Soe and Shi Chri Poe.
Sarah Allgood with Miranda, 21 months.
Lamond Talima with Jonathan Talima, 1.