South West community members urged to fly their flag at multicultural festival

Jacinta CantatoreBunbury Herald
The South West Multicultural Festival will once again feature the flag parade along Victoria Street ahead of the main performance on stage at the Graham Bricknell Music Shell.
Camera IconThe South West Multicultural Festival will once again feature the flag parade along Victoria Street ahead of the main performance on stage at the Graham Bricknell Music Shell. Credit: Jon Gellweiler

As one of Bunbury’s most vibrant multicultural celebrations draws nearer organisers are asking for people to put their hands up to hold their flag up.

The South West Multicultural Festival will once again feature the popular flag parade along Victoria Street on Saturday ahead of the main performance on stage at the Graham Bricknell Music Shell.

Event organisers from the Bunbury Multicultural Group said many flags are still available for people to proudly display their country’s flag in the parade down Bunbury’s cafe strip.

“We now have 53 flags available, so if your country is not listed we would love you to join us with your own flag,” group chairperson Susanne Hammersley said.

“If you don’t have a flag and we can’t provide one, we would still love you to join our parade and for you to greet the audience in your mother tongue.”

Flag-bearers need to be available from about 5.30pm to 6.15pm on Saturday and can register on the event Facebook page.

“Wear your national costume if possible, carry your flag in the parade, greet the audience with ‘hello’ in your mother tongue or language of birth on the stage before lining up for a group photo,” Mrs Hammersley said.

“We’d love to see groups of families, friends, or even strangers from the same country all walking together.

“The more people there are the more vibrant the parade is.”

South West Multicultural Group members Widi Astuti Farrow, Jo Castro, Susanne Hamersley, Mon Barrero, Ati Sadeghi and Amol Agrawa with Bunbury MLA Don Punch, centre.
Camera IconSouth West Multicultural Group members Widi Astuti Farrow, Jo Castro, Susanne Hamersley, Mon Barrero, Ati Sadeghi and Amol Agrawa with Bunbury MLA Don Punch, centre. Credit: Jacinta Cantatore

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