Bundaberg Sunrise Rotary Club member Don Robinson is co-ordinating the upcoming Multicultural Festival.
Bundaberg Sunrise Rotary Club member Don Robinson is co-ordinating the upcoming Multicultural Festival. Max Fleet

Cultures clash at festival

DOZENS of food outlets, cultural displays and stalls will fill Riverside Parklands and Quay Street for the 19th annual Bundaberg Multicultural Festival on Sunday.

As well as the stalls, entertainment including Chinese lion dances and music from places such as India, the Middle East and France will be on show during the day.

Thabeban fashion designer Julie Appo will bring an indigenous flavour to the entertainment once again, with a fashion parade.

“The designs I'm doing are inspired by the history of my people, the Gooreng Gooreng,” she said.

Ms Appo said she had spent the past few months putting together about 25 garments for the show as well as organising local models.

“A lot of the satisfaction from putting on a show comes from using local indigenous girls who are so apprehensive at the start,” she said.

“But after they have had some training and practice, when they finally step out into the parade they are so confident and pleased to be there.”

Ms Appo said the festival was not only a great way to raise awareness about her own people, but to see other cultures that have helped shape Bundaberg.

She will be running two fashion shows on Sunday at 12.35pm and 2.15pm.

The festival is one of Bundaberg Sunrise Rotary Club's major fundraisers for the year.

Club member and festival co-ordinator Don Robinson said gates would be open from 9am-4pm for a $3 entry fee.

“This is a fundraising exercise,” he said.

“The volunteers are all doing this to make some money to give to various charities around the region.”

Mr Robinson said the club expected about 20,000 people to visit the festival.

“I just enjoy all the different kinds of food and the activities there,” he said.

“It's great to see people having a lot of fun.”

Foods from countries such as Japan, Italy, Germany, Turkey and Spain will be available.



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