10 Sep 2015

10,000 western Sydney families to enjoy costumes, food, dance, art and music at the Children’s Festival

 James Beech - Canterbury-Bankstown Express

CB Express01(From front left) Udayveer Singh Bawa, Gurtaaz Singh Gill (Sikh Punjabi School, Revesby) and Yousuf Kanj (ICPA/Scouts), with (back rows) Antonio and Daniel (Macedonian), Asiyah Kanj (ICPA /Scouts), Tahlia Waters and Amelia Waters (Bollard School of Dance), Kadie Campbell - Parmee and Skye Campbell - Parmee (Karen McPhillips School of Highland Dancing), Navnoor kaur Bawa, Prabhleen Kaur Issar, Sahibjot Kaur Issar (Sikh Punjabi School, Revesby) dressed in national costumes at Paul Keating Park, Bankstown, and ready for the upcoming 17th annual Children’s Festival. Pictures: Craig Wilson

AFTER starting 16 years ago to bring together and celebrate different cultures, the Bankstown Children’s Festival is now more important than ever.

Vietnamese refugee Thuat Van Nguyen started the festival in 1999, with the event now attracting 10,000 young people and their parents to Paul Keating Park each year.

CB Express01Youths (from left) Antonio and Daniel (Macedonian), Amelia Waters and Tahlia Waters (Bollard School of Dance) and Prabhleen Kaur Issar, Gurtaaz Singh Gill, Sahibjot Kaur Issar, Udayveer Singh Bawa and Navnoor kaur Bawa (Sikh Punjabi School, Revesby) in their national dress.

The festival has been expanded to Marrickville, Canterbury and Sydney in recent years.

Cultural traditions, costumes, food, dance, entertainment, art and music will be on display at the 17th festival on Saturday.

There will also be outdoor games, face painting, lantern making, climbing wall, kite making, lion dance and drumming workshops as well as petting zoo and rides.

There are also arts and crafts and a colouring-in competition.

CB Express03Youths (from left) Amelia Waters, Tahlia Waters (Bollard School of Dance) and Asiyah Kanj and Yousuf Kanj (ICPA/Scouts) have fun at Paul Keating Park, the venue for this year’s Children’s Festival.

“It is now more important than ever to showcase the positive effects on society of a community that embraces cultural diversity,” Mr Nguyen said.

“The Children’s Festival is a shining example of how people can come together to celebrate and embrace what makes each culture unique and special.”

Mr Nguyen said the festival was a reminder to children and families not to judge peers based on appearances, language, ethnic background or religious beliefs.

“Instead, by sharing our wonderful traditions with each other, we break down all barriers and as a result will be able to live in a more peaceful and tolerant country that we can be proud of.”

NSW Governor David Hurley as well as local MPs will attend the event that aims to celebrate Australia’s cultural diversity.

CB Express04Youths (from left) Prabhleen Kaur Issar, Gurtaaz Singh Gill and Udayveer Singh Bawa (Sikh Punjabi School, Revesby) get into the spirit of the Children’s Festival.

  • Bankstown Children’s Festival will be held at Paul Keating Park from 11am-6pm on Saturday.
  • Official opening at 2pm, followed by children’s parade
  • Details: childrensfestival.com.au

Source: Daily Telegraph - News Local


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