Next Pako Festa is 27th February 2016!
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.
Don't miss the largest free multicultural event in Australia!
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!
The beat of Pako Festa!
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.
THEME FOR PAKO 2015 'DIFFERENT THEREFORE EQUAL'
2015 Channel 7 Commercial
2015 Pako Festa Winners!
- Best School Entry - Our Lady Star of the Sea Primary School
- Best Use of Theme - Filipino Social Club of Geelong
- Most Culturally Aware - Ukrainian Community of Geelong
- Most Culturally Aware - Macedonian Community Of Geelong
- Most Creative - Irish Community of Geelong
Well done to the above entries!
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At your fingertips, the complete guide to all the events, including the great Pako parade, where to see the Channel 7 stars, your favourite culinary delights in a street lined with food stalls, and much, much more. You can even create your own schedule for the day and your very own Carmen Miranda Selfie, so you don’t miss your favourite musical acts and cultural dance groups!
Saturday, 28th February 2015.
Diversitat Pako Festa is the largest free celebration of cultural diversity in Australia! Every year since 1983 it has gathered together hundreds of people from Geelong’s local and cultural communities, professional performers, community groups, schools, businesses, street traders and artists from all walks of life into one huge and amazing celebration.
Coming together in harmony, up to 100,000 people join together to enjoy a smorgasbord of fabulous cultural food, traditional dancing, the enormous and famous Pako Parade, great workshops, art exhibitions, craft displays, free activities for children and an exciting day of non-stop entertainment.
Diversitat Pako Festa prides itself as being a free event, accessible to all who want to share the enriching experience of Australian multiculturalism. All you need to bring for a great day out is a happy heart, an open mind and our Pako App on your phone for all the details.
Pako Festa Community Art Project
Our theme for 2015 is DIFFERENT THEREFORE EQUAL allowing us to catch attention and then reinforce our core idea that difference is something to be celebrated and by doing so we emphasise equality and need for respect as human beings.
In support of this theme we have partnered with The National Wool Museum (NWM) to utilise 30 sculptural structures no longer required at the NWM to be creatively re-purposed by our communities to be a showcase for their culture. Look out for them in the great Pako Festa Street Parade, and featured for the rest of the festival in a setting that encourages community pride.
Pako Festa Community Art Project is proudly supported by the Australian Government Department of Social Services.