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25 May 2010

Celebrate Pasifika Festival to be held in Goodna on June 5

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Celebrate Pasifika Festival to be held in Goodna on June 5


PACIFIC Island communities will come together in partnership with
Ipswich City Council to presents the inaugural 'Celebrate Pasifika'
Festival at Evan Marginson Park in Goodna onJune 5.

Division 2 Councillor Paul Tully said he was keen to see the first
Celebrate Pasifica Festival in Ipswich where cultural diversity was
not just valued, but embraced and celebrated.

"Strong networks have been established with many Pacific organisations
and individuals who live in Ipswich, all of whom are enthusiastic to
work in partnership with Ipswich City Council to deliver this Pacific
Island style of Festival.

"Census figures  show a large percentage of the Ipswich community were
born in New Zealand or the Pacific Islands. Data from 2006 states that
Ipswich residents who were born overseas were from: England (4.0%),
New Zealand (3.50%) and Samoa (0.7%).

"We also have many Australian born Pacific people living here in
Ipswich where their cultural presence is very strong."

Cr Tully said partnering with individuals and organisations from the
Pacific community to host Celebrate Pasifika would strengthen ties and
maximise the partnership benefits for the entire Ipswich community.

"Celebrate Pasifika will be held at Evan Marginson Park, Goodna on
June 5, 2010 from 10am until 3pm.

"This new cultural event will involve the whole community and feature
cultural performances, Pacific Island food stalls, information stalls,
cultural arts and craft, cultural workshops, dancing and ceremonies.

"Special guests, the Queensland Reds, will host  skills development
workshops and clinics throughout the day, so there will be something
for everyone."

Cr Tully said such events created a broader understanding of cultures
and diversity across the community.

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