16 February 2022

Multicultural celebration takes centre stage for Queanbeyan return

| Evelyn Karatzas
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Queanbeyan Multicultural Festival

Queanbeyan will celebrate 15 years of embracing culture and diversity in the local community at its annual multicultural festival. Photo: QPRC.

Queanbeyan Park will come alive with colour, food, dance and song on Sunday 27 February as the 15th Queanbeyan Multicultural Festival hits town.

Get ready to feast on some international favourites, dance like nobody’s watching and celebrate the city’s diversity as you immerse yourself in the multicultural community.

Program coordinator Sara Wightman said this year’s annual festival was expected to attract up to 8000 visitors after it was postponed in 2021 due to COVID-19.

“It’s the essence of Queanbeyan,” Ms Wightman said. “It’s one of the biggest and best events we have.

“It’s colourful, the food is delicious and it’s a really family-focused cultural event that blends everyone together. It’s what Queanbeyan is about.

“It’s a very inclusive event, almost like a big welcoming hug.”

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This year’s multicultural festivities will feature international performers, market stalls, traditional food stalls, children’s craft activities, sporting demonstrations, music, dancing and more.

“The festival is about colour, movement, food, love and learning the many amazing cultures that make up our community,” Ms Wightman said.

She said Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council was taking all appropriate measures and precautions to ensure visitors, performers and stallholders were COVID-safe at the event.

“We are aware some members of the community are concerned about catching COVID and have become a little bit more cautious. But we understand.

“We are conscious of COVID, we follow the NSW Health guidelines, have the check-ins ready, we are going to space people out and we have plenty of sanitiser.”

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She said this year’s festival had more to offer, including two stages, market stalls, interactive displays, and representatives from various cultural groups in and around the community.

“We like to showcase a blend of everything we have and the people love to celebrate what’s important to them.

“We have such a diversity of cultures, religions and acceptance for people, so it’s one of those really nice events you’re proud to be a part of.”

Council is still looking for stallholders and expects an influx of interest closer to the event.

The festival in Queanbeyan Park runs from 10 am to 4 pm.

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