Your correspondent didn’t get to the Multicultural Festival this year. Quite how I missed my favourite event of the year is a source of some confusion but it involves my girlfriend, who did go to the festival, without me. Suffice to say I’m not very happy about all that.
So I’ll just have to note the police are very excited they won the “best stall”.
Senator Kate Lundy thinks it was grand.
Joy Burch says they think it was the best ever:
ACT Minister for Multicultural Affairs Joy Burch today praised the National Multicultural Festival organisers and the Canberra community for making the weekend’s celebrations a resounding success, with record crowds and no major incidents.
“The ACT Government is proud to have put on such an amazing show in our city’s Centenary year,” Ms Burch said.
“It is testament to our inclusive and welcoming community that we can have more than 100 ethnic communities side by side in the heart of our city and have a good time.”
Festival organisers from the ACT Office of Multicultural Affairs and Torres Strait Islander Affairs estimated the crowd exceeded the 250,000 who attended last year over the three days.
“The feedback from ACT Policing is that the crowd was overall well behaved, with no major incidents.
“Pleasingly, stall holders, too, were overall very responsible in the service of alcohol and food hygiene, which ensures that the Multicultural Festival remains a family-friendly event.”