Embracing diversity at St Mary's Multicultural Festival

St Mary's Catholic Primary School, Maryborough

Students wore traditional costumes at the Multicultural Festival

THE world came to Maryborough when St Mary's Catholic Primary School hosted its 2019 Multicultural Festival.

Festival goers experienced music, dance, cuisine, art and cultural activities from around the world when they joined students and staff in the celebration of all that was good about the town's diverse multicultural community.

Guests were invited to wear traditional clothing or costumes from their country of origin which gave the festival a colourful and magical atmosphere. 

Smells from around the world stimulated the senses as local restaurants cooked up some fabulous international cuisine in the school’s own version of “Eat St”.

On offer was a melting pot of gastronomical treats from India, Thailand, Germany, America, Italia and the good old Aussie Sausage Sizzle.

Children squealed with joy on the jumping castle, tried their luck at Sideshow Alley and ate popcorn and fairy floss, supplied free of charge, throughout the day and evening.

A photo booth provided fun entertainment and memories from the night as children draped themselves in fun costumes and traditional clothing from across the globe. 


St Mary’s First Nations Cultural Group entertain guests

St Mary's First Nations Cultural Group, Jazz Dance Crew and school choirs provided entertainment throughout the day and evening.

Pamela Marshall's Dance Academy performed a Belgian dance, in beautiful costumes, which gave their dance an authentic feel.

The crowd jumped to their feet and danced a jig when traditional Irish band Slaintè intensified the party atmosphere with their energetic music.

To conclude the evening’s festivities, Maryborough’s RSL Pipe and Drum band Tired farewelled guests with an epic grand finale of instrumental conformity.

Principal Bob Grant said the festival was a huge success.

“Our school families and community thoroughly enjoyed the evening and we look forward to an even bigger and better event next year in 2020,” he said. 

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