Southern Highlands, NSW, Australia

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Multicultural Festival

Every year Brisbane has a Multicultural Festival in the Roma Street Gardens.
There were many people and many tent stalls, most of them selling ethnic food. There was also non stop entertainment in seven venues. Music and dances from around the world. Many people wore their national dress.

A Sicilian musician discussing the pipes that he plays with an interested African.

An Indian lady doing Henna hand painting. It was wonderful to see so many people from so many different cultures mingling, sharing customs and interacting with one another in such an understanding and friendly way. They are all Australians now and it makes you wonder why the whole world can't behave like these people at the festival.

South American music.

Papuan Dancers

Celtic Dancers

These girls were giving out programs. I'm not sure who they were representing but I wouldn't want too tangle with them. There were so many different cultures, too many to show here.

See the shoes carved out of egg plant/aubergines

After we checked out most of the stalls and some of the entertainment we had to make a choice as to which country would we go for lunch.

The Danish pastries looked delicious, the Dutch, the Argentinian, the French, the Indian.......

....the Japanese,.....

...the Spanish and so many, many more to chose from. We ended up deciding on Vietnamese.


  1. Wow I would have lovvvved to have been there. I find cultures so interesting. And I want that pretty watermelon!

  2. The food, the people, wonderful.
    All different cultures living together mostly in harmony.

  3. I love these festivals ! It's so interesting to find so many cultures in a rather limited space ! Looks great !

  4. What a coincidence, my hotel was located opposite the Roma Street Gardens when I was in Brisbane.
    Thanks for visiting.

  5. Wow Diane, That looks like so much fun. AND--there were tons of people there, wasn't there???? I'd want to taste a little of each... ha

    We're heading home today--but then I leave again on Tuesday for my Girls' Week with childhood friends. We're going to Maggie Valley. It will be fun---but I'm 'tarred' of all of this traveling... ha

    They also say that we may have gotten frost at home last night. Hope the Roses/flowers are okay... Gads!!!!


  6. Great photos of a great occasion. You've really caught the atmosphere. I would have loved to have been there. Thanks for sharing.

  7. You take such wonderful photos that it almost feels like I was there. Must have been a fun day. I would have loved to try out a bit of all those different foods.

  8. Me too Lucy. We should plan a trip there next year together. I like the rooster art.

  9. Such a beautiful setting, too. Roma Street Gardens are a delight.

    So much entertainment, so much food, so many choices, so many decisions.....I think I'd need a good rest after all

  10. Hi Diane, here I am after another absence, much longer than I wished...
    Would love to get back t Brisbane...
    Wonderful post!!

    Blogtrotter is now at an old spa in Turkey. Enjoy and have a great week!

  11. What a wonderful celebration of our world! Amazing..but I think I would have had to have a taste of everything!

  12. An amazing event and fabulous turnout! So interesting, thanks for sharing.

  13. Great blog Mum! I loved your comment about why the world can't get along like the people at this festival. You're right about that!

    The news here is full of the BNP (British National Party) leader going on Question Time on the BBC. Totally the opposite approach.