A True Community Event 2014

A True Community Event Encapsulating the very essence of our nation – diversity, dynamism and colorfulness, and above all else cooperation, community inter-connectedness, creativity and the promotion of our humanity – Pako Festa sends a strong message in these troubled times in which we live: our preparedness to interact with, work with and treat each other with dignity and respect demolishes the walls of division and conflicts; bringing everyone together in a spirit of understanding, acceptance and celebration of life itself.

Pako Festa has always been an opportunity for communities to come together and show their support of each other and after 32 years, we thank members of the following communities who haven’t missed a year of the fun - Croatia, Holland, the Philippines, Greece, Germany, Scotland, Poland, Lithuania, China, Italy, Spain, Macedonia, Slovenia, Serbia, Wales and Ukraine.

Message from the Mayor

Pako Festa is Greater Geelong’s iconic and much loved celebration of cultural diversity, attracting more than 100,000 people each year.

And we are proud to host the festa, Victoria’s largest multicultural festival.

People from all walks of life come to experience new cultures and enjoy the relaxed street party vibe.

There is an array of cultural food, market stalls, art exhibitions, films, folk dancing, free activities for the kids and non-stop entertainment over various venues, not to mention the iconic street parade that transforms Pakington Street into a lively jam packed festival.

Congratulations to Diversitat and everyone who helps organise this amazing event, with this year’s theme ¬– ‘weaving of cultures’ – symbolic of the fabric that makes up our great city.

I encourage you to come and take part in all the fun and celebrate the best multicultural festival in Australia.

Mayor Darryn Lyons
City of Greater Geelong

 

Over 30 communities are participating in Pako Festa 2014

Afghan

Bosnian

Bulgarian

Chinese

Congolese

Croatian

Dutch

Filipino

French

Greek

Hungarian

Indonesian

Indian

Iranian

Irish

Italian

Karen

Karenni

Liberian

Lithuanian

Macedonian

Malay

Maori

Nepalese

Polish

Scottish

 

Serbian

Slovenian

Spanish

South Sudanese

Thai

Ukrainian

Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-op

Welsh

 

 

Pako Festa is pleased to be an “access-friendly” event. Working in conjunction with the Geelong Region’s Inclusive Events Planning Group, we provide activities and services for people of all abilities, and from every part of our community. Our thanks go to all who work so hard to make this day possible.

Pako Festa would like to thank the following community members whom without, Pako Festa would not be what it is today.

Jordan Mavros - former CEO

Claire Nontapan - former Staff

Anne Ekkel - former Staff

Anne Patterson - former Pako Festa Coordinator

Margaret Lewis - former Battle of the Bands organizer

Frank De Stefano - past President

Mardi Janetzki - former Staff

Ana Vrantsis - former Staff

Sofia Saba - former Migrant Resource Centre Coordinator

Toni Siketa - Staff

David O’Brien - former president, secretary and treasurer of Geelong West Traders Association

Strecko Kontelj - past President

George Ballas - past President

Maryanne Burstow - former Migrant Resource Centre Coordinator

 

For more information contact:
Luisa La Fornara, Arts & Events Manager, Diversitat Ph: 5221 6044
Email: luisa.lafornara@diversitat.org.au

Pako Festa prides itself as being a free event; it is also “access friendly” allowing people of all abilities to share the enriching experience of multiculturalism. All you need to enjoy Pako Festa is a happy heart and an open mind.