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The Pako Festa logo
Pako Festa – A Celebration of Cultural Diversity
What is "Pako Festa"? Pako Festa is a festival which celebrates and promotes cultural diversity. The festival takes place every year in Pakington Street, Geelong West. This year it is being held on Saturday 28th February 2015. The theme for Pako Festa 2015 is "Different therefore equal".
Come along to the 33rd Pako Festa in 2015. Celebrate the diversity, watch the street parade, and check out the community arts on display. Pakington Street is the multicultural heart of Geelong, and proudly shows off its diversity annually with the street parade, dancing, fine food from different nations, and much more, packed in to one small day.
Dancers in the Street Parade
The street parade starts at 11.00am. There will be over 90 floats and hundreds of performers. There will be plenty of multicultural food stalls to entice your taste buds. There are bars and cafés open along Pakington Street. From the street parade and on to the stages and different precints, visitors can celebrate the ethnic diversity, and the artistic and cultural experiences.
You can feel the beat of the Pako Festa through the blast of the bagpipes, the beat of the Japanese Taiko, the drumming of the Indian Dohl and the clacking of the clogs. The day will be filled with music, dancing, marching, drumming, and plenty of other exciting noises.
Pako Festa is a free event (you will need to pay for food at the food stalls, cafés, bars and restaurants). It is also "access friendly" so people of all abilities can experience the multiculturalism of Pakington Street.
The Diversitat Pako Festa has been going since 1983. It brings together hundreds of people from Geelong's cultural communities, street performers, community groups, schools and businesses. Artists and street traders, and national dance groups all come together to celebrate this huge event.
Part of the atmosphere of the parade is seeing hundreds of people in their national dress, playing national instruments as they parade down Pakington Street. What an amazing day, with a display of sound and colour from so many ethnic groups, coming together to celebrate "we are one".
There will be free activities for children, art exhibitions, craft displays and lots of different cultural food, as well as the street parade and other non-stop entertainment.
Pakington Street, Geelong West
The annual Pako Festa is held along Pakington Street. What is Pakington Street like? It is a beautiful shopping strip in Geelong West, with a diverse mix of traditional restaurants, gift shops, hotels, cafes, supermarkets, a post office, butchers, newsagent, men's clothing store, and lots more.
Pakington Street runs from West Geelong in the north, to the river end of Newtown in the south. As well as many different types of shops, there is lots of interesting architecture, with buildings from the 1800's and 1900's adding to the atmosphere of Pakington Street.
There is lots of free parking off Pakington Street, so people can park, shop and eat, without having to worry about feeding the parking metre.
There is plenty of entertainment for children. From 12.30pm to 4.00pm, at the Family Entertainment Precinct, children can enjoy drumming workshops, Bollywood Dancing, tap their toes to a bit of Hip Hop, and a seedling workshop presented by Bunnings Warehouse.
The Family Entertainment Precinct is at the Geelong West Town Hall. There is also a Children's Mask Making Workshop, at 2.30pm to 3.30pm, presented by Geelong West Neighborhood House.
Add the date - Saturday 28th February 2015 to your diary. Enjoy the parade, stay for the food and dancing, free children's activities, and fine dining in Pakington Street. Pako Festa is sponsored by Channel 7, the Office of Multicultural Affairs & Citizenship and the City of Greater Geelong.