CELEBRATING CULTURAL DIVERSITY FOR 37 YEARS
Posted 28 February 2019
DIVERSITAT PAKO FESTA – CELEBRATING CULTURAL DIVERSITY FOR 37 YEARS
9am-5pm Saturday 23 February, 2019
Geelong’s much loved, award-winning, annual community street festival Pako Festa – the biggest of its kind in Australia, was another success last weekend with a fantastic turn out. This year’s theme was “Generations” where many experienced samples of over 24 local diverse cuisines, smells and sounds.
Celebrating thirty-seven years, the extravagant street parade featured hundreds of performers representing community groups and organisations. The street was lively and energetic, lined with stalls selling traditional foods and arts and crafts, featuring separate stages in the precinct which offered performances of music and dance as well as interactive workshops and exhibitions.
Pako Festa offers a unique opportunity for those 100,000-plus participants to socialise and celebrate in an arena of ethnic diversity and harmony, as well as gaining an appreciation of the great variety of artistic and cultural expression within Geelong’s multicultural community.
A very important aspect of Pako Festa is in its provision for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities to continue to affirm and honour their contributions to Pako Festa over its 37-year history.
Since its inception the event continues to be a major event on the community calendar.
The 2019 Diversitat Pako Festa was delivered by Diversitat and was supported by The Victorian State Government, Victorian Multicultural Commission and the City of Greater Geelong. In addition it could not be delivered without the support of many other local and non-local organisations and businesses.