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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.”

Pic­tures: EVAN MOR­GAN

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.

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