Pako Festa Reimagined 2022 will be held at the Northern Community Hub – staying true to what Pako Festa is all about – bringing people together to celebrate the dress, music, dance, language, art, food of the many cultures that call Geelong home.

We can’t wait to return the event to Pakington Street! As soon as the regulations and restrictions ease, we intend to bring it home to its original location. Until we can bring it home to Pakington Street, we will make the most of this new opportunity for Pako Festa to be in this fantastic new location.

In line with Government directions and guidelines, all event patrons need to be prepared to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination to enter the event site/s.

Explore what’s happening for the 40th Pako Festa in 2022:

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VICTORIA’S BIGGEST FREE CELEBRATION OF CULTURAL DIVERSITY

A COMMUNITY DRIVEN EVENT

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THE PAKO STORY

Pako Festa dates back to 1983, when the Ethnic Communities Council Inc. got together with Geelong West Traders and Geelong West City Council with an ambitious idea for a community-driven party that celebrated the region’s diverse cultural communities.

Much has changed since 1983. The very first Pako attracted 12,000 people and ended with a tug of war! In 2020, over 100,000 people attended, 2,000 people took part in the street parade and 10,000 people performed on five stages.

These days the festival is organised by Diversitat and has grown into Victoria’s largest free multi-arts and cultural party. Some things remain the same. Pako is about community and is led by community. The event celebrates and highlights the extraordinary contribution of individuals, cultural groups and multicultural communities in Geelong and across Australia.

Join us at this year’s Pako and share in the enriching connections of culture.