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Cultures dazzle crowds at Gladstone Multicultural Festival

Sri Lankan dancers perform on stage at the 2013 Multicultural Festival.
Sri Lankan dancers perform on stage at the 2013 Multicultural Festival. Brenda Strong

EXOTIC cuisine, foreign music and dancing made the Gladstone Multicultural Festival a showcase of the region's diversity.

An appreciative crowd flocked to the marina on Sunday to soak up the perfect weather and gain an insight into exactly what the rest of the world had to offer, with smells and spices filling the air.

GAPDL chief executive Glenn Churchill was proud of the way the event came together and said he was pleasantly surprised at number of visitors the festival attracted on the day.

Families from Gladstone and surrounding areas came out in droves to show their appreciation for everything from Sri Lankan dancers to Filipino food stalls.

Councillor Rick Hansen was among the crowd who took in the spectacle, and he said the day was a rousing success.

"It was a great afternoon, great weather and just a great spectacle," Cr Hansen said.

"The local community really got out in force to see the different cultures, their cuisines and the cultures on display; it was a great event."

Kids were out and about blowing bubbles and practising their best drumming beats, as parents dined out on the delicacies on offer.

Jamaica, Fiji, Germany and Thailand were among some of the countries represented in the food stalls, meaning there was something on offer for all who attended another successful Multicultural Festival.

There will be more photos of dancers at the Gladstone Multicultural Festival in Wednesday's paper within the Junior Arts section.

Topics:  cultural diversity, gapdl, gladstone, gladstone multicultural festival


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