Multicultural festival hits the right note

March 30, 2017

Entertaining: Performers demonstrate gatka, a form of Indian martial arts.

Colourful: Filipino dancers perform for the crowd.

High energy: Amy Newton Dance Studio students performed hip hop dances.

New headwear: Kamaldeep Singh ties a turban around Jake Kalz's head.

New language: Luke and Jake Kalz learned to write thier names in Punjabi.

Enjoyable day: Heba Alrubayi and Tess Hancock.

Food and culture from across the globe was showcased at the Moira Multicultural Festival at Mivo Park on Saturday.

Different cuisines were on offer, including Italian, Indian and Iraqi, while people could also learn to tie a turban or get a henna tattoo.

Performers also showcased cultures and traditions, including African drumming, a Congolese choir, Indian martial arts, Filipino and hiphop dancers as well as Indian and Greek song performances.

Moira Shire Mayor Gary Cleveland officially opened the day, encouraging everyone to make the most of the treats and experiences on offer.

He said more than 45 per cent of Australians were born overseas or had a parent who was.

‘‘We celebrate the many cultures that have enriched our communities, our industry and our culture,’’ he said.

Cr Cleveland thanked all who had worked hard to make this event possible.

‘‘An event of this size does not happen without community participation and support.

‘‘Enjoy the live performances, food and activities we’ve brought together to celebrate this wonderful event.’’

There was plenty to entertain children as well as displays from Victoria Police, Cobram Fire Brigade and Cobram State Emergency Service.

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