• A sunny pineapple colour corvette to celebrate the fruit that is a sign of welcome by sailors home from the sea in Virginia USA

    A sunny pineapple colour corvette to celebrate the fruit that is a sign of welcome by sailors home from the sea in Virginia USA

  • At Smoque with a Blue Hawaiian were Judy Buck, Jason Frohnmayer, Andrew Holt,  Alicia Doherty, Ricky Martin, Grant Kells and the Queen Bee Pineapple - Kerryanne Farrer

    At Smoque with a Blue Hawaiian were Judy Buck, Jason Frohnmayer, Andrew Holt, Alicia Doherty, Ricky Martin, Grant Kells and the Queen Bee Pineapple - Kerryanne Farrer

  • Paper pineapples to welcome everyone.

    Paper pineapples to welcome everyone.

  • Rock 'n' Roll with a Hawaiian flavour

    Rock 'n' Roll with a Hawaiian flavour

  • Gonzalo Olmos from the Multicultural Festival Committee with MLA Mick Gentleman

    Gonzalo Olmos from the Multicultural Festival Committee with MLA Mick Gentleman

  • Ellis Hutch, MLA Yvette Berry, Queen Bee Pineapple- Kerryanne Farrer, Alica Doherty and in fron Sarge.

    Ellis Hutch, MLA Yvette Berry, Queen Bee Pineapple- Kerryanne Farrer, Alica Doherty and in fron Sarge.

  • Ellis Hutch, MLA Yvette Berry and Queen Bee Pineapple - Kerryanne Farrer

    Ellis Hutch, MLA Yvette Berry and Queen Bee Pineapple - Kerryanne Farrer

  • Medieval outfits with plastic ukeleles; that's a first.

    Medieval outfits with plastic ukeleles; that's a first.

  • Scouting for new scouts were Derek Licina and Chris and Evan O'Dell

    Scouting for new scouts were Derek Licina and Chris and Evan O'Dell

  • Waiting for Ku....

    Waiting for Ku....

  • Algeria's loveliest, Farida Mazouri, Zoubida Rezagui and Anat Cassuk

    Algeria's loveliest, Farida Mazouri, Zoubida Rezagui and Anat Cassuk

  • Anat Cassuk and friends were selling delicious Algerian sweet treats.

    Anat Cassuk and friends were selling delicious Algerian sweet treats.

  • Petrie Plaza looks alive again.....

    Petrie Plaza looks alive again.....

  • A pisco sour, dangerous in the sun but so delicious

    A pisco sour, dangerous in the sun but so delicious

  • Huge cast iron pans with the colours of Spain in a traditional paella.

    Huge cast iron pans with the colours of Spain in a traditional paella.

  • Inca Kola from Peru....a acquired taste

    Inca Kola from Peru....a acquired taste

  • Andean pan pipes have long been part of the musical accompaniment to the life of Petrie Plaza.

    Andean pan pipes have long been part of the musical accompaniment to the life of Petrie Plaza.

  • Suave serenading .....

    Suave serenading .....

  • Victor Marillanca

    Victor Marillanca

  • Tomas Martinez from Colombia

    Tomas Martinez from Colombia

  • A lone piper under a petunia patch.....

    A lone piper under a petunia patch.....

  • Rythms of Africa.

    Rythms of Africa.

  • Machar in his party best

    Machar in his party best

  • Adhieu Bior, Mary Jay, Tabitha Ador, Jacqueline Zwambila, Amach and MachAr in front.

    Adhieu Bior, Mary Jay, Tabitha Ador, Jacqueline Zwambila, Amach and MachAr in front.

  • Creating quite a buzz......

    Creating quite a buzz......

Multicultural Festival 2015

15 February 2015

Timing is everything and when the vicissitudes and vagaries of the Federal political scene overwhelms the media, we Canberrans have a default position that involves community events; all absolutes on our annual social calendar. And while the style might change depending on who is in charge, festivals make it easy for us to experience, enjoy and participate in a multitude of entertainment. And even if the weather lets us down we still amble along because a good dose of rain can’t douse our enthusiasm
 

Pollies come and go and most don’t venture far from the Parliamentary triangle, we stick it out, and celebrate all that is good about our city. Coming up there’s Enlighten, The Comedy Festival, The Folk Festival, International Music Festival and The Royal Canberra Show to boot.

The Multicultural Festival is one treasure that’s survived, contracted and evolved enjoying always great support and to see the thousands who converged on the city precinct this year to enjoy and indulge in an overdose of everything our multicultural population has to offer as usual ended in a good dose of ‘jet lag’ as we whirled around the booths, sampled the food of all continents and shimmied and sashayed at the entertainment stages showcasing the eclectic mix that makes Canberra special.

I wish I had the stamina to get to everything, because this small microcosm of the world that is our city has so much to choose from, but it was a wonderful weekend of experiences.