Pacific Island Communities, Darling Downs invite you to celebrate this festive season at Christmas Carols from the Islands. The Toowoomba Regional Library's Civic Square or Library Precinct plays host to the unique harmonies of Pacific Islanders.
From 4pm, there will be spot prizes provided by OMGosh and carol singing for all to join in the spirit of Christmas - no Grinches permitted. The main event begins at 7pm and officially ends at 9pm, however, you should be aware that you will thenceforth be on 'Island time' so it could run for longer than you expect. Free food will be available for sharing in the form of finger food like sandwiches and there will be free water. It's also possible that the generous Islander people could surprise you with a traditional Islander feast.
The groups participating in the carol singing are from Fiji, Samoa, Papua New Guinea, the Cook Islands, Tonga, New Zealand (Maori) and the Solomon Islands. Traditional costumes will be worn by most nations throughout the evening but especially during the items as they do individual performances in the lead up to the carol singing.
At 6pm, 'Island Santa' will be giving away presents beside the beautiful Christmas tree.
Pacific Islander populations are growing in Queensland which is good news for the community. Bringing their unique cultures and singing tonal qualities is something they love doing. Maoris make up the largest percentage of the population, with Samoans and Papua New Guineans coming in next. Toowoomba's populations follow these statistics and the result enriches our community.