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The city of Geelong is well-known for having a strong multicultural society. Every year in February, Pako Festa celebrates the diversity of Geelong's ethnic groups with a special and spectacular street parade, featuring colourful costumes, market stalls and different cuisines. There are also various clubs and associations scattered throughout the suburbs of Geelong that cater to different cultures and ethnic groups, and provide a community hub for similar people to gather together.
The northern suburbs of Geelong are home to some of the most densely populated cultural groups, with the Australian Croatian Association (in Separation Street, Bell Park) boasting one of the largest Croatian communities in Australia. Directly across the road is North Geelong Secondary College, which, like many schools in the region, has students that come from a wide range of family backgrounds. Therefore, it seems fitting that the school holds a festival that encourages and promotes multiculturalism in Australian society. On Friday 24 October, from 11.30am until 5pm, the school will be opening their gates to the public for their annual Multicultural Festival. This popular community event is free to attend, and celebrates racial diversity.
North Geelong Secondary College will open its gates to the public for its Multicultural Festival
There will be plenty of activities running throughout the day, for people of all ages. Younger children might enjoy the petting zoo, face painting, haunted house and rides, while others might prefer to see aerosol art being created, play in the Xbox van, get some henna body art or an airbrushed tattoo, or participate in some arts and crafts. There will also be a loom bands stall, various competitions (including bobbing for apples, a donut-on-a-string game and coin tossing), raffles, auctions and more. Those who enjoy getting more physical can play in the skate park, or get involved in one of the many sporting activities planned. For those who are older, or prefer a more relaxed approach to the festival, there will be numerous market stalls, and booths selling food, plants, cakes and knickknacks.
With dancing and music also featuring throughout the day, this is one community event not to be missed. Visit the North Geelong Secondary College Multicultural Festival and help celebrate cultural diversity.