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Fun-filled festival of world cultural diversity
The Easter holiday break gives us four days to rest, do some work around the house and venture out. On Sunday 16th April, the annual Ocean St World Festival is being held in Ocean St and Duporth Ave, Maroochydore. This is Australia's largest free volunteer-run cultural festival and is jam-packed with a magnitude of diverse entertainment.
Ocean St World Festival (Photo Courtesy of Ocean St World Festival Facebook page)
Commencing at 10am through to 10pm there are four stages – Latin Quarter, World Stage, Harmony Stage and Captain & The Duke Stage. These are filled with acts ranging from fifteen to forty-five minutes of all types of entertainment and dancing including Bellydancing, Tonga, Samba, Salsa, Latin and much more. You will need to carefully study the program so as to not miss anything as some times can overlap.
Ocean St World Festival Program (Photo courtesy of MRA Website)
This is free event for the whole family is presented by the Maroochydore Revitalisation Association (MRA) coupling with many sponsors across the Sunshine Coast. There will be some road closes at the beginning and ends of Ocean St and Duporth Ave, which will make easy walking access to and from the stalls, licensed area and stages.
The MRA is a non-profit organisation consisting of a group of passionate volunteers who are intent on strengthening the local economy by self-funded events, strategy development, artwork and public sector engagement. Apart from the Ocean St World Festival, MRA are engaged in monthly night markets in Ocean Street, local street art and murals, Captain and the Duke Pop up Bar and campaigns promoting the precinct. The Sunshine Coast Council is a major stakeholder in driving the design, amenity, public safety, ideas and funding opportunities of these events. New volunteers are always welcomed and membership is available.
Last year this festival attracted over 40,000 visitors (Photo courtesy of MRA Website)
The children do not miss out either with this year two of Sunshine Coast's leading artists will be delivering the kids program incorporating board games, craft, interactive artistic exchanges mirroring the festival's cultural theme and kids can participate in making a giant jelly from recycled materials.
More information on this amazing event can be located on the MRA website or Ocean St World Festival Facebook page.