Cultural feast at Gladstone Multicultural Festival: PHOTOS
WE MAY live in central Queensland, where English is the main language and league the sport of choice; but on today Gladstone residents took the chance to celebrate how diverse we really are.
Every culture was celebrated at the Gladstone Multicultural Festival on Sunday, which was a feast for the eyes and the stomachs.
There's still time to check out the festival, it'll be going till 4pm today at the Gladstone Marina.
Traditional bags made from tree bark in Papua New Guinea were sold by Asonito Kirupae, who proudly showcased her family's work.
In June she visited her home in the Highlands of PNG, where she purchased the traditional bags to sell in Australia.
The Gladstone resident said her family's income is made by selling the bags, and growing their own coffee.
"I learned how to make these bags when I was five or six years old," she said.
"When we start school we all make them because they're traditional and then we hang them in our classrooms."
Bangladesh couple Shahed Anwar and Farhana Chowdaury had plenty of reasons to celebrate - the pair going home with the prize for three nights accommodation at Heron Island.
Shahed watched on as Farhana made her way to the Gladstone Marina main stage.
"We've never won anything like this before," he gushed.
They moved from their inland Bangladesh city to Gladstone six months ago, and their holiday to Heron Island will be the first visit to the Great Barrier Reef for Farhana.
"I've done my diving course so I'm very keen to do that, but Farhana doesn't swim so I'll have to teach her when we go over there," he said.
The annual Gladstone Multicultural Festival attracted thousands of residents to the marina
The event was also an opportunity for international and cultural support services to share information with residents.
The Gladstone Chinese Community Group was at the festival, with their vice president Fei Matheson promoting her new book The Australian way to learn Chinese.
The group hopes to offer Chinese language classes in Gladstone.