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MatchWorks Pako Festa 2011

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by Vanessa (subscribe)
WeekendNotes Chief Editor / Chief Writer / PR & Communications.
MatchWorks Pako Festa is celebrating it's 29th anniversary in 2011! This annual free event is taking place on Saturday 26th February 2011!

Held in Pakington Street, Geelong West, this street festival is one of Australia's largest celebrations of cultural diversity. It attracts some 100,000 people and celebrates over 30 nationalities.

Pako Festival is a unique festival, as there is the annual Pako Festa Parade, in which Pakington Street is lined with community floats, which are created by cultural groups and secondary and primary schools, as well as numerous roving entertainers and brass bands, to entertain the crowds over a 1 kilometer stretch.

The festivities begin at 9am - where you will be greeted by roving performers and buskers and numerous stalls, selling authentic cuisine from all over the world, as well as unique arts and crafts.

The Pako Festa Parade begins at 11am and throughout the afternoon you can visit several stages, including a youth stage, where you can view traditional and modern music and dance from every corner of the globe!

This is a free event and there is also a chance to meet several stars from the Channel 7 series Home and Away. There are also several activities and events especially designed to entertain children - including face painting, art and craft activities and an animal nursery.

The theme for 2011 is 'The Beat of Pako.' So expect this year's festa to be a celebration of the different rhythms of the world!
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Why? A fun family friendly festival!
When: 26 February 2011, from 9am
Where: 153 Pakington Street, Geelong West VIC 3218
Cost: Free
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