Fund­ing boost for lo­cal fes­ti­val

Gatton Star - - NEWS -

THE Lock­yer Val­ley Mul­ti­cul­tural Fes­ti­val has been given a $13,000 boost, en­sur­ing this year’s event will be big­ger and bet­ter than ever.

Or­gan­iser Idell Wadley said mem­bers of Spirit of the Val­ley Events Inc were “over­whelmed” to re­ceive the sup­port from Mul­ti­cul­tural Af­fairs Queens­land. Last year, MAQ awarded $6000 to­wards the event.

“It was such a huge suc­cess,” Mrs Wadley said, with over 2000 peo­ple at­tend­ing.

The fes­ti­val show­cases the di­verse cul­tures of the re­gion, from Euro­pean to Asian, African and in­dige­nous Aus­tralian.

“It’s a show­case of all the vi­brant cul­tures in the Lock­yer,” she said.

“We have peo­ple here from Jor­dan, Ethiopia, In­done­sia, Pak­istan, there’s a strong Abo­rig­i­nal com­mu­nity too which is cel­e­brated on the day.”

Par­tic­i­pants of­ten com­mented on how ev­ery­one feels wel­come at the event.

“It’s the one time of the year that all of the res­i­dents of the Lock­yer Val­ley feel they can come to­gether and cel­e­brate their dif­fer­ent back­grounds,” she said.

Five hours of en­ter­tain­ment will be on of­fer, and work­shops in­clud­ing African drumming, hula hoop­ing, Abo­rig­i­nal dance and cal­lig­ra­phy.

The ex­tra funds will al­low more pro­mo­tion, a greater num­ber of work­shops, and will en­able the or­gan­i­sa­tion to be­come less de­pen­dent on Lock­yer Val­ley Re­gional Coun­cil’s help, Mrs Wadley said.

She plans to ex­pand the num­ber of stalls to 50, up from 30 last year.

The Lock­yer Val­ley Mul­ti­cul­tural Fes­ti­val is free and will be held on Sun­day, May 26 from 10am-3pm at the Gat­ton Shire Hall.

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