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Bridging Cultures Festival 2017

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There's a great new festival starting this year in Logan. This is an extremely diverse city, with over a quarter of people living here having been born overseas, well above both the Queensland and national averages. Of those people born overseas, over a third speak a language other than English at home. Over 15 percent of households are bilingual.

Australians celebrate over 300 distinct cultural identities, with over 217 of these identities calling Logan home. This includes our first Australians, whose cultures, histories and legacies are intrinsic to the identity of our nation.

The benefits of this diversity extend strongly to food and civic planning in Logan; new bistros, cinemas, parks and sporting infrastructure are being built right now. People are really starting to realise what a wonderfully eclectic and centred place Logan is to live and work in.

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It is in celebration of this, and the humanity that unites us all, that Access is proud to be partnering with the Queensland State Government, Australian Council for the Arts, Logan City Council, Brisbane Multicultural Arts Centre (BEMAC) and Arts Queensland to present Bridging Cultures - a festival for families!

Access CEO Gail Ker OAM said that "held as a part of the country's annual Harmony Day celebrations and spanning our schools, businesses and communities, "Bridging Cultures is about exactly that; bridging cultures and promoting a city rooted in unity, belonging and respect".

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A free family festival featuring fireworks, free rides, live music, art, kids' activities, a petting zoo, sports activities, face painting, prizes and more, Bridging Cultures will take place on Friday, March 24 at Mabel Park State High School. Street and onsite parking will be available and regular shuttle buses will also be running between the festival and The Access Gateway (91 Wembley rd) in Logan Central. Use Translink's Journey Planner to find travel options via public transport.

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From the oldest continuous culture of our first Australians to our newest arrivals from around the world, Logan's cultural diversity is one of its greatest strengths and is at the heart of all the people who live there. They would love you to join them in celebrating it!

ACTIVITIES & RIDES include:

Fireworks
Petting Zoo
• Dodgem Cars
• Giant Slide
• Tea Cup Ride
• Inflatable Rock Climbing Wall
• Jumping Castle
• Facepainting and Henna
• And more to be announced soon

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CULTURAL PERFORMANCES include:

• Traditional Indigenous dance
• Cook Island dance group
• Bollywood
• Rap / Hip hop
• Bullhorn band
• (And more being locked in!)

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FOOD STALLS include:


• Thai
• Vietnamese
• Syrian BBQ
• Mexican
• African
• Cook Islander
• Potato twisters
• Fairy floss, snow cones & slushies
• Wood fire pizza
• (And more being locked in!)

For further information, please contact events@acsl.org.au or visit the website.
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Why? An afternoon of multicultural food, activities and performances
When: 2pm-7pm
Where: 72-116 Paradise Rd, Slacks Creek
Cost: Free entry
Your Comment
Just want to know even though it is free entry are the rides free?
by conta (score: 0|3) 42 days ago
Hi there, my information is that the rides are free.
by Brian McIver (score: 1|58) 41 days ago
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