The knights of the Brisbane Valley Multicultural Festival.
The knights of the Brisbane Valley Multicultural Festival. Rob Williams

Multicultural festival comes alive

THE streets of Esk came alive at the weekend to celebrate diversity and history at the region's annual multicultural festival.

More than 3000 people attended the 11th Brisbane Valley Multicultural Festival, which was celebrated in style with dancers, singers, performers, street parades and art and craft stalls.

Festival co-ordinator Desiree Mahoney said the event was a huge success, so much so that the team of organisers will get together next week to start planning next year's event.

“The whole event is just such a huge success for everyone involved and it's a major event for the Brisbane Valley,” Ms Mahoney said.

The theme for this year's festival was 'Reflecting on the Past' - to coincide with Queensland's 150th birthday and to celebrate the opening of an extension to the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail from Esk to Coominya.

“It was definitely very successful and we couldn't have dreamt of it working out better, especially with the opening of the new Rail Trail section and Queensland's birthday,” Ms Mahoney said.

“To celebrate the diverse nature of the region we had an all-day multicultural concert - which featured British Highlander dancers, medieval stalls and guards, and Indian music. We also had the popular blacksmith displays and pirates - everything you could think of, really, we had.

“The street parade by Toowoomba Caledonian Pipe band was just amazing. Hearing the bagpipes echoing over the mountains in Esk was just wonderful.”

The Esk Girl Guides won the best float prize for their unique idea of capturing the festival's theme, the state's birthday and the region's diversity in one display.

Ms Mahoney, who has been coordinating the event for the past nine years, said the festival continued to grow each year, with the support of residents throughout the region.

“It's a very successful festival and one that everyone enjoys.”


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