Pako Festa is the largest free celebration of cultural diversity in Australia! Every year, since 1983, it attracts scores of people from our local and cultural communities, professional performers, community groups, schools, businesses, street traders and artists from all walks of life..program
The pulse of Pako Festa begins with the shiver of maracas and the flutter of a rhumba - and we welcome our leading lady Carmen Miranda!program
It's in the clatter of the clog dancers, the blast of the bagpipes and the pure power of the African percussion. You can hear it in the beat of the Japanese Taiko and the ancient drumming of the Indian Dohl. It's all around you, it's everywhere, you can't avoid it's rhyme or rhythm. It's the sound of the heart of our fabulous Festa, it's 'The Beat of Pako'.program
On February 22nd 2014 Pako Festa celebrated its 32nd event with a full day of fantastic fun, music, dance and food. Once again, with bumper crowds the police estimated attendance numbers to be in excess of 100,000 people. The event organizers, Diversitat thank all the event staff, sponsors, and event contractors, hardworking Volunteers, Pakington Street Traders, the Geelong Community and all the people from far and wide who joined us in this extraordinary celebration of our cultural diversity.
Thanks to the State Government and the Hon. Nicholas Kotsiras MP, Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship for opening the festival and for confirming Pako Festa as the biggest and best on the event calendar for the State.
Congratulations to our parade winners the Chinese Association of Geelong, the Indonesian Association of Geelong and St Patricks Primary School for Best School Entry and a special thanks to the Chinese community bringing the Lucky Dragon to Pako Festa and Geelong.
Most of all, a million thanks to the following hard working, passionate and tired local cultural community groups that paraded down the street, cooked delicious food and performed their hearts out! The Afghan, Bosnian, Chinese, Croatian, Congolese, Dutch, Filipino, French, Greek, Hazara, Hungarian, Indonesian, Iranian, Irish, Italian, Indian, Karen, Karenni, Liberian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Malay, Maori, Nepalese, Polish, Scottish, Serbian, Slovenian, Spanish, South Sudanese, Ukrainian and Wathaurong Communities; together in harmony. In these troubled times Pako Festa encourages us to appreciate the growth and richness of our multicultural community, acknowledge the social capital built by the event and gives us direction to develop those strengths even further in the future.
We look forward to seeing you all again next year Saturday, 28th February 2015.
From the Pako Festa Team
Pako Festa is the largest free celebration of cultural diversity in Australia! Every year, since 1983, it attracts scores of people from our local and cultural communities, professional performers, community groups, schools, businesses, street traders and artists from all walks of life.
Coming together in harmony, up to 100,000 people meet to enjoy a smorgasbord of cultural food, folk dancing, the famous Pako Parade, workshops, art exhibitions, films, craft displays, free activities for children and an amazing day of non-stop entertainment.
Pako Festa prides itself as being a free event, accessible to all who want to share the enriching experience of multiculturalism. All you need to bring for a great day out is a happy heart and an open mind.
Don’t miss your opportunity to know about all the events, the great pako parade, where to see the Channel 7 stars and discover a culinary delight with the street lined with food stalls. You can even create your own schedule for the day so you don’t miss your favourite musical acts and cultural dance groups!
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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.