Multicultural Fiesta showcases 30 cultures on the Gold Coast

ABOUT 30 cultural groups will be showcased with spectacular dancing, costumes and artwork at the inaugural Multicultural Fiesta in The Hellenic Function Centre on August 27.

The lively event by Gold Coast Multicultural Arts (GC MAGIC) will showcase a wealth of local cultural diversity with performers coming from the likes of Indonesia, Latin America, Cook Islands, Mongolia, Persia, Uzbekistan and Thailand.

Director Nasrin Vaziri, who co-founded GC MAGIC as a community arts and cultural group in 2000, said this Fiesta offered an initiative to celebrate local cultural diversity on the Gold Coast and was hoped to be an annual event. The new features of the event are: dancing and tasting multicultural refreshments.

It follows a photography shoot or digital representation of the multicultural fiesta, which happened at Robina Community Centre on July 23.

“You will be enthralled and amazed by the showcase of dances, musical performances and cultural costumes from different groups on show unlike any you have seen before. You will have the chance to experience the unique and distinctive artwork and craft from local artists on display and engage in conversations with the artists about their work.”

The fiesta celebrates the Gold Coast’s large and unique culturally diverse population and will help to create harmony and understanding among different cultures.

Audience participation will be invited to join in some of the dances and guests will be able to meet some of the artists and enjoy a unique international afternoon tea.

“Knowing people from cultural backgrounds helps with harmony and unity of society and will help add to a more peaceful community,” Mrs Vaziri said.

“Invite your family and friends to an exceptional afternoon of festivities that will delight your senses and discover the hidden cultural gems of our city.”

This project has been partly funded by the Gold Coast City Council and Multicultural Affairs Qld.

Tickets are $22 and group discounts are available. Proceeds from ticket sales will purely cover the costs of the non-profit event.

For more details, call Nasrin on 0434 932 537 or visit the Facebook page Gold Coast Multicultural Arts.