Festival brings world to CH

The Multicultural Festival takes the crowd on a trip around the world.
The Multicultural Festival takes the crowd on a trip around the world.

FROM gypsy swing to Spanish guitar, hip hop to pub rock, this year's Multicultural Festival will feature an eclectic mix of performances from the Central Highlands' best dance ensembles and multicultural dance troupes, regional choirs as well as local singing sensations.

The word has come straight from the festival co-ordinator herself, Kymberlee Senior, who said the festival, on Saturday, August 25, at the Emerald Showgrounds from 5-10pm, promised to be jam-packed with entertainment from around the world.

"The Filipino community will perform La Jota Moncadena, a dance popular during the Spanish regime and adapted by the elders in Moncada Tarlac. The group will also perform the Saya sa Bangko which is a native barrio (small town) dance of Pangasinan, a province north-west of Luzon in the Philippines," Kymberlee said.

"The shining light of the 2011 festival, the Poletaki Group, will return and with festival debutantes Plant Grow Pick will wave the flag for Tonga.

"Young Springsure duo Far Away Places will be gracing us with their presence and will lead the evening into a clash of musical cultures with festival headliners The JAM Band.

"The JAM Band will be joined by Ronaldo Pires Da Silva on Spanish guitar and Nick Ng with his Chinese Erhu. Together, the crew will take out the 2012 festival with a mix of Brazilian and Cuban traditionals, Gypsy Jazz and a closing tribute to the Australian classics."

There is plenty more entertainment around the ground with Geisha stilt walkers, weaponry workshops hosted by medieval re-enactment group the Knights Guild of Wessex and Mercia, a Japanese lantern and fan art and craft tent, the National Year of Reading story corner and the JAMmin' Tent, a creative space where all can try their hand at playing the guitar, the keyboard or DJing decks.

For more information on the festival visit the website here or call 4982 4386.

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