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Nicole SalmeriSouth Western Times
Daravann Meek, Susanne Becker-Hamersley, Sara Nazari, Shamara Williams, Jenny Shenton, Leena Singla, Deborah Meighan with their flags of origin.
Camera IconDaravann Meek, Susanne Becker-Hamersley, Sara Nazari, Shamara Williams, Jenny Shenton, Leena Singla, Deborah Meighan with their flags of origin. Credit: Justin Fris

People from all corners of the globe congregated for a colourful afternoon at the weekend’s Bunbury Multicultural Festival.

The Graham Bricknell Memorial Music Shell came alive with close to 5000 people turning out for the event – with people from all across the region coming together and representing their countries with pride.

Event organiser Jo O’Dea said the feedback from the event has been extremely positive.

“We’ve had some incredibly positive feedback already from people and the general vibe and enthusiasm over the weekend was incredible,” Ms O’Dea said.

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“It is a beautiful event and really is a perfect example of how our community pulls together and celebrates.”

The spectacular flag parade saw up to 40 different countries on display in a colourful parade through the crowd at the venue.

Multicultural Group chairwoman Shamara Williams said there was such a great vibe during the entire festival, especially through the evening performance.

“What we found amazing this year was the people that came along, especially for the performance side of things, stayed for the entire three hours and they were all dancing and really having a fabulous time,” Ms Williams said.

“Oldies were rocking it out from their chairs – it was just awesome.”

Ms Williams said the Multicultural Group played an important role in encouraging diversity within the community and all coming together as one.

“What the Multicultural Group does in the community is very valuable and that is bringing all different types of people together despite our differences, our cultural practice, colour and religion,” Ms Williams said.

The Multicultural Group plans to continue hosting events such as monthly storytelling sessions and encourages everyone to get involved.

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