Diversitat Pako Festa lights up the Geelong West Town Hall

Pako Festa Night Projections Photo credit: Matt Houston

Pako Festa has turned on its Geelong West Town Hall projections for the first time in front of 80 ethnic community representatives and Geelong community leaders.

The COVIDSafe projections replace the traditional Pako Festa parade this year, and will run each night from 8:30pm – 11:30pm, starting 27 February until 13 March.

The 20-minute audio-visual display produced by local projection artist Matt Bonner showcases 30 people from local ethnic communities in the form of iconic portraits taken by local photographer Chrissie Francis.

As each portrait is displayed, event-goers will hear the person in the picture explaining the significance of their national dress and what their culture means to them.

The projections were opened by Geelong MP Christine Couzens, and the welcome to country was done by Wadawurrung woman Corrina Eccles who is featured as one of the portraits.

The Geelong community is invited to come down to the Geelong West Town Hall each night to experience the projections, which will run on a continuous loop during the three hours each night.

The projections are sponsored by Xtreme Technology and the Committee for Geelong.

Committee for Geelong CEO Jennifer Cromarty said that the organisation was proud to partner with Pako Festa this year.

“Congratulations to Pako Festa organisers who have pivoted this year to present multicultural food offerings in a COVID safe format, with the addition of the creative and artistic storytelling of cultural diversity through the projections at Geelong West Town Hall,” Ms Cromarty said.

“The Committee for Geelong has a strong commitment to community and believes our best future includes everyone.”

“Geelong’s future needs to recognise and acknowledge our history, culture and identity including Wadawurrung Traditional Owner’s heritage as well as our diverse multicultural community.”

“The Committee for Geelong is also supporting a Leaders for Geelong project that will develop a Pako Festa Online Educational Tool to continue our historical storytelling for generations to come.”

Pako Festa is sponsored by the Victorian Government and the City of Greater Geelong.