Wednesday, August 19, 2009


Cultural Fest highlights three of North Queensland’s greatest assets – its spectacular natural environment, its vibrant cultural life and the diverse heritage of its people.

Cultural Fest is a five-day family event showcasing the talents of Queensland’s most exciting music and dance entertainers, foods and arts. The festival was held from 12 – 16 August 2009 at Strand Park on the beautiful waterfront of Townsville, North Queensland.

During 5 fun filled days of dance, food, music, arts, workshops and sports, Cultural Fest brings the Townsville region to life. The festival mirrors the diversity of contemporary Queensland by offering events and activities for people of all ages and interests. Cultural Fest’s inclusive program enables locals and visitors to celebrate diversity in an atmosphere of friendship and harmony.

Cultural Fest’s theme of ‘Unity in Diversity’ brings together people from all walks of life in the spirit of fun and friendship giving the festival a magical feeling.

Cultural Fest began as a one-day event featuring 20 local dance groups and food stalls. Today it is one of the largest and most well-known festivals of its kind in the country. It is the most inclusive festival in Australia, happily involving diverse groups from belly dancers to Latino cuisine, from hula extravaganzas to mega drumming circles, from the Tropigo Street Carnival to authentic Indigenous arts and crafts. Cultural Fest has something for everyone.

Cultural Fest attracts close to 80,000 guests and involves at least 350 food sellers, music and dance groups, market stalls and community groups.

Cultural Fest has an enviable location of swaying palm trees, golden sand and a beautiful ocean view looking out to stunning Magnetic Island.

In Cultural Fest, people from diverse backgrounds enjoy together a range of arts and cultural experiences and learn about the different cultures of people living in their community. These experiences can help break down the barriers between people - from tasting the food of another culture to participating in a dance workshop.

Cultural Fest is a wonderful opportunity for the people of North Queensland to celebrate Queensland’s incredible diversity. Dynamic dance and performance, fantastic costumes and smiling faces on the main stage under the big marquee with seating for 1000 people and the variety of performances was astounding. Bush balladeers, dancers and bands entertained with a variety of traditional and contemporary styles for all the family to enjoy.

William Barton, one of Australia’s leading didgeridoo players, composers and a powerful advocate for the wider perception of his cultural traditions charmed with his extra-ordinary instrument playing which mesmerized thousands of people. He aimed to present the virtuosic potential of his instrument and richness of his Australian culture to audiences throughout the world. In his opinion, this music is not just as an illustration of some exotic antiquity but as a living, dynamic process, requiring considerable technique, stamina and study equal to that of any conventional classically trained professional musician.

The festival is a celebration for the North Queensland community and the visitors from interstate and around the world.

The final day of the festival was capped off with a multi-faith prayer for peace and prosperity led by a variety of religious groups followed by the symbolic release of pigeons and a reconciliation concert.

Cultural Fest is a wonderful and enjoyable occasion to get all the cultural groups in one spot.It presents the unique model of harmony, community development and empowerment to the world by showing that peace and tranquility is the only destination for the global community as long as there is respect for human dignity and rights. It is only within a free society and democratic system such as Australia that this extravaganza and expression of the oneness of humanity is possible.


Sucharita Sarkar said...

What a colourful spectacle! And didgeridoos I had already heard about in the Aamir Khan film DIL CHAHTA HAI!

डॉ. रूपचन्द्र शास्त्री मयंक said...

जितनी सुन्दर पोस्ट,
उससे भी ज्यादा खूबसूरत चित्रों के नजारे।

BK Chowla said...

You all are very lucky to have such lovely functions and get together s.

ZB said...

whoao, what a rich colourful sight. Beautiful. :)

bluebird said...

Hi Babli, ma'm

Its great to see that different cultures being celebrated together and on the same footing.

With that in mind I wish to know your opinion on the recent alleged racial maltreatment of Indians being reported in Indian media.

May be its just that as always media highlights the things that go wrong, forgetting the much more numerous instances of things going right.

Precisely why we should have people writing blogs and chronicling them.


angel in disguise.... said...

so enjoyed a lot eh? ..seen frm ur pics...nice colourful one!:)

Aparna said...

Such a feast to the eyes!

I really envy you for experiencing the beauty of Australia. It is really unique.

Nazish Rahman said...

Wow...that was lovely!!
I think u seemed to have discovered Australia better than any Aussies...lolz!! was lovely... Babli!!!

Tiger said...

Hmm nice pics ;) and nice post. As usual u make all of us jealous when we see this from our cubicles :(

Keep posting and I would have liked to see more of didgeridoo.

Bhavesh Chhatbar said...

What a superb post Babli. The photographs are very nice :)

Stop Worrying!

Jeevan said...

Wow! Very interesting babli and it must be very nice to see varies cultural arts at one place. Sure it’s a way to showcase the world peace and happiness being diverse. Even in Chennai we lately began to celebrate festival on Tamil Nadu’s art and culture, in times of pongal for a week long and it wasn’t like the one celebrate in Australia, but I wish country like India with varies rich culture, art and language, should come up with such festivals to create Unity among diversity.

I believe ‘Unity in Diversity’ lead to a peaceful society.

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Wonderful post with such feasting information !! Thanks for sharing..

Anonymous said...

you must have had a great blast :)

abdul hai said...

Nice post keep continue

shilpa said...

Its was very beautiful and informative ,a good post indeed