Club Italia at Pako Festa 2020

Pako Festa 2020 – Event In Review

Photos for this article by Matt Houston Photography

Wow what a day!

Pako Festa 2020 saw well over 100,000 people getting together to embrace and celebrate our fantastic ethnic diversity on a perfect summer’s day!

From 9am when the first people arrived until 5pm when the last tired revellers headed home, the event provided a fabulous showcase of our cultural diversity. People danced, they sang, they participated and they enjoyed. They feasted on a smorgasbord of cultural food, folk dancing and entertainment on six music/performance stages. It was a day of peace, joy and “feel good” fun that appealed to participants of all ages and all backgrounds.

But the greatest thanks we save for the people of Geelong. It is the people who attended Pako Festa who made it such a magnificent day. So thanks for attending in such impressive numbers, thanks for celebrating in such peace and harmony, and thanks for helping us to send a powerful message to the broader community – multiculturalism is alive and well and living in Geelong!

The Great Pako Festa Parade did not disappoint, full of colour and movement with nearly 70 entries parading along Pakington Street. Congratulations to all the parade winners, the huge amount of community support, commitment and long hours was evident in all entries!

Slovenian Community: Most Culturally Aware
Club Italia: Most innovative Use of Theme “Elements of Culture”
Geelong Sustainability Group: Best Musical Entry
St. Patrick’s Primary School: Best School Entry

The 2020 Pako Festa is delivered by Diversitat and is supported by The Victorian State Government, Channel 7 and the City of Greater Geelong.

In addition, it could not be delivered without the support of the local diverse communities, Pakington Street Traders and many other local and non-local organisations and businesses contributing to the event.

Thanks to all our Community Sponsors including The Bank of Melbourne, TAC, Xtreme Technology, The BCC Group, Adroit Insurance & Risk, Deakin University, Geelong Advertiser, SC Technology Group, VicSuper, Furphy, 94.7 The Pulse and National Australia Bank.

For the full list of sponsors please visit

To view the amazing photo galleries from the 2020 event day visit our Facebook page!