Flagging a multicultural society

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Nicolette BarbasSouth Western Times
South West Multicultural Group are hosting their annual festival next month.
Camera IconSouth West Multicultural Group are hosting their annual festival next month. Credit: Nicolette Barbas

A colourful mix of countries is set to bring the Graham Bricknell Memorial Music Shell to life this month for the annual Multicultural Festival.

The Live Lighter South West Multicultural Festival will be taking over Bunbury on February 20.

Festival chair Susanne Hamersley said COVID-19 restrictions were not going to stop the group from hosting the free annual event which brings in a crowd of thousands.

“We are going to have two stages this year because of restrictions,” Ms Hamersley said.

“The main concert will be at the music shell and then we will have a smaller stage for local artists which will be a first for us.”

Show-goers can immerse themselves into different cultures with activities like turban wrapping, kimono dressing, dance workshops and tea ceremonies.

“We will have food stalls, exhibitions, interactive workshops, information stalls and experiences for people of all ages,” Ms Hamersley said.

“The event is really about celebrating multiculturalism in the South West.”

A colourful flag parade representing a range of countries will take over Bunbury’s Victoria Street to mark the start of the event.

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