Des, Madeleine, Mandy and Emily Schroder take time out during the Multicultural Festival at Market Square.
Des, Madeleine, Mandy and Emily Schroder take time out during the Multicultural Festival at Market Square.

Festival of the five senses

FOR one Grafton newcomer, Saturday’s Multicultural Festival of the Five Senses was akin to something she would expect to see on the streets of Sydney or Edinburgh but not in a north coast country town.

With Filipino dance, gypsy jazz, Japanese story telling, Polynesian dancers and Indonesian and African food among those treats on offer there was no way any of the five senses were going to be ignored at this year’s festival.

“It was very good,” Cameron Brunton said

“There were yurts and chairs everywhere, dancers and the most fantastic food.

Ms Brunton said it was a beautiful sight to see women with their children dancing their traditional dances.

“It was a great family day,” she said.

“I had Indonesian gado-gado and tried some pots of fish that some Polynesian women were bringing around for people to try.”

Over one hundred people gathered in Grafton’s Market Square for the celebration of the Clarence Valley’s cultural and linguistic diversity.

Mayor Richie Williamson said the festival was a good opportunity to celebrate the success as a community in developing harmonious relations, understanding and tolerance among people from diverse backgrounds.

“Congratulations to the 2010 festival working group for their hard work and dedication that goes into holding this year’s festival,” Mayor Williamson said.

The master of ceremonies for the day was Grafton’s Emma Ocholla from Uganda. Nesi Johnson acted as his co-host.




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