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Zillmere Multicultural Festival

Zillmere Multicultural Festival

Featured Event

Sat 27 Nov
Time : 10am - 3pm
Where : O’Callaghan Park
Address : Zillmere Road, Zillmere.
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There’s no need to travel to get a taste of different cultures this November, with the Zillmere Multicultural Festival making a comeback.

Festival production manager Deb Suckling said the community was abuzz with excitement.

“This festival has been running for 19 years, so people really missed it last year,” she said.

“We were a little worried with the last lockdown, but Brisbane City Council has really been driving this and saying ‘yes, let’s go ahead’.”

The festival has a COVID-safe plan, with sanitiser stations, social distancing and spread-out attractions.

It will showcase an array of cultures from Chile to Indonesia to China, and will also feature a large First Nations presence.

“Here in Zillmere about five per cent of the population is First Nations, which is huge, and we have advisory groups running that part of our program, which is fantastic,” Deb said.

Festival-goers can expect beautiful food and craft stalls, together with displays, workshops, crafts, demonstrations and performances.

The popular Youth Stage will also return.

“Our young people are feeling the effects of COVID, there’s very few places and opportunities for them to perform at the moment,” Deb said.

“The children’s area will be heavily focused on the arts. We feel that young people learning culture through art is really important.”

And then there’s the food.

“Every food stall has to have a $5 meal option, so that firstly people can try lots of different food from around the world, and secondly so that it’s affordable for everyone. We want people to be able to come and stay for the whole day,” Deb said.

Organised by the Jabiru Community Youth and Children’s Services Association, the festival celebrates the diversity and richness the multicultural community of Zillmere brings to Brisbane.

Jabiru CEO Brett Roland said he was thrilled the festival could go ahead this year.

“Zillmere Festival is such a big part of our community identity – where people can come and enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of our truly diverse and multicultural community,” he said.

For more information, see the festival’s Facebook page or email events@jabiru.org.au

Zillmere Multicultural Festival
Saturday, 27 November, 10am-3pm
O’Callaghan Park
Zillmere Road, Zillmere.
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