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Sydney's series of Children's Festival's are a chance for children and families to celebrate the multiculturalism of our nation. The biggest of the festivals is the Bankstown Children's Festival, which also happens to be the next one on the calendar. It's set to take place at the refurbished Paul Keating Park on Saturday September 7, from 10.30am to 7.00pm.
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The festival will feature a huge range of activities and events for families to enjoy. Kicking off the day will be the costume competition, with dances and musical performances, kite-flying, scout adventures, arts and crafts, and a table tennis competition sure to keep everyone occupied for the rest of the day.
If that doesn't sound like enough, there will also be rides, a petting zoo, the Children's Parade, more than 30 stalls and a range of traditional foods to try. Creative kids may want to join the drumming workshops or create their own lanterns, which they can then shown off in the lantern parade at 6.00pm. The entire event will conclude with a fireworks show at 7.00pm,
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Bankstown is one of Australia's cultural melting pots, with 130 different countries represented here and its residents speaking more than 60 languages. It's a fitting location for the festival, which has as its focus the promotion of peace, harmony and appreciation for others among both children and their parents.
Mr Thuat Van Nguyen OAM, the founder of the Bankstown Children's Festival and a Vietnamese refugee explains, "Our festival aims to bring the community together, teaching kids from a young age how to play with one another, learn from one another and live in harmony no matter what your racial background or social upbringing. Australia is a big enough country for us all to share – peacefully."
Now in its fifteenth year, the Bankstown Children's Festival is an event that attracts tens of thousands of people from across Sydney, making it the biggest kids multicultural festival in the country. If you plan to be one of those attendees this year, there are a few transport options to choose from. You can get to the event by public transport, since it's within walking distance of Bankstown train and bus stations, or by car, with free parking available at nearby Centro Bankstown.