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Geelong Pako Festa 23Feb2013 Slovenian cuisine

Geelong Pako Festa 23Feb2013 Slovenian cuisine

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Pako Festa 23Feb2013 Slovenian cuisine Geelong

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Luisa La FornaraArts & Events Director, DiversitatPh: 5221 6044 Mob: 0408 998 401
Date:
21 January, 2013
For release:
Immediately
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Luisa La Fornara, Festival Director, 5221 6044
21 January, 2013
PRESS RELEASE
BCC BETTA PAKO FESTA
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A CELEBRATION OF CULTURAL DIVERSITY
Pako Festa, now in its thirty-first year
, is Geelong’s much loved, award
-winning, free,annual community arts festival - the biggest of its kind in Australia. Managed by Diversitat
and held on the last weekend of February in Pakington Street, Geelong West, “themulticultural heart of Geelong”, it incorporates an extravagant street parade feat
uringaround ninety floats and hundreds of performers representing forty-five affiliated ethniccommunities and around sixty other community groups and organisations. The street islined with stalls selling traditional foods and arts and crafts, and nine separate stages inthe precinct offer performances of music and dance as well as interactive workshops and
exhibitions. Pako Festa has become Victoria’s premier multicultural event, attended by
well over 100,000 people in each of the last three years and estimated to inject close to$2.5 million dollars into the local economy just over the course of the day itself.Pako Festa offers a unique opportunity for those 100,000-plus participants to socialise andcelebrate 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
communityThe Pako Festa Street Parade starts at 11am, embodies Colour, Culture & Celebration andis one of the most important events at Pako Festa! Encapsulating the very essence of ournation
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diversity, dynamism and colorfulness, and above all else cooperation, communityinter-connectedness, creativity and the promotion of our humanity
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Pako Festa sends astrong message in these troubled times in which we live: our preparedness to interactwith, work with and treat each other with dignity and respect demolishes the walls of division and conflicts; bringing everyone together in a spirit of understanding, acceptanceand celebration of life itself.A very important aspect of Pako Festa lies in its provision as a vehicle for the CALDcommunities to affirm and honour their contribution to Pako Festa over its 31-yearhistory.

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