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Macarthur Multicultural Children’s Festival will celebrate our diversity

The Macarthur Multicultural Children’s Festival on Sunday, August 25 will be a celebration of our region’s cultural diversity.

You will be able to sample food from across the globe and enjoy a fun day out also offering hands-on activities and non-stop entertainment at Koshigaya Park, Campbelltown from 10.30am to 4.30pm.

Now in its 21st year, the Children’s Festival has been recognised as the premier event in Sydney City’s annual Living in Harmony calendar and one of the most popular annual events in the Bankstown region.   Following the enormous success of the inaugural Macarthur event last year, the festival is back here as an annual event.

Festival director Brian Laul says the Multicultural Children’s Festival is a great way to bring the community together and to highlight the importance of cultural diversity.

 “The festival is an opportunity to learn about different cultures by enjoying traditional performances, sampling food and understanding more about a friend’s culture by getting involved in the many activities,’’ he said.

“It is a great way to celebrate two of our community’s most treasured assets: multiculturalism and our children” he said.

“It is an opportunity to literally discover and taste the world in your own backyard,’’ Mr Laul said.

“You will also be able to get your name written in different languages, contribute to the Forest, pass the ball with the West Tigers and even get a selfie with Kranky Koala as he tells you some fun facts about our local wildlife.

“Children keen to get creative can make crowns from native flowers, and design their own kites to fly.

“The more sports minded can have a crack at some of the indigenous games specially organised for the day or some whip cracking.’’

There will also be lots of photo opportunities in front of a colourful South East Asian Royal façade, at the Pacific Huts or with roaming cosplay superheroes, princesses and characters from Star Wars.

 Children can also participate in a Cultural Scavenger Hunt by visiting stalls to discover colours, tastes and sounds of the world, collecting stamps along the way and winning prizes.

The Children’s Festival was founded by a Vietnamese refugee, Thuat Nguyen, who had the vision that “children who played together lived together in harmony”.

“It’s a unique family event that will inspire members of our community to embrace our shared values and cultural traditions at a grassroots level,” Mr Laul said.

  • Children’s performing groups or local community groups wishing to participate in the Festival can visit Macarthur Multicultural Children’s Festival on Facebook

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