Pako Festa, what a day it was!

Pako Festa 2018 saw about 100,000 people getting together to embrace and celebrate our fantastic ethnic diversity. From 9am when the first people arrived until 6.00pm when the last tired revelers 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, workshops, art exhibitions, multicultural craft displays and entertainment on four world music 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!

Congratulations go to parade winners:

Best use of the theme ‘Reflections of Culture’ – Bell Park North Primary School

Best Culturally Aware – Indonesian Community of Geelong

Best School in the Parade – Ashby Primary School

Best Musical in the Parade – Geelong West Brass Band


Stall Winners:

Best use of the theme – Abrisa Brazilian Community of Geelong

Best decorated stall – Japanese Community of Geelong


Photos by Phil Hines

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