Multicultural Fair is fine

By JOSEPH TERNOWETSKY

?FINE foods, foreign fashions and exotic melodies ? this year's CQU Multicultural Fair had it all.

During yesterday's festivities, held at the university grounds, six stages were set up.

They featured an array of music and entertainment from throughout the world.

And 35 different food stalls were set up around the campus. The dishes ranged from Indian samosas to Japanese sushi.

Event organiser Gina Yarrow said the day was a huge success, even though numbers were down from last year.

"We probably had around 10,000 people stream through during the day,'' she said.

"It was a relaxed, happy time.''

This is the 13th year the multicultural fair has been held at CQU.

Ms Yarrow said the festival not only showcased Australia's diversity, it also allowed people to get to know the university.

"People from all over Australia came up to participate,'' she said.

The Muliticultural Fair started with a parade of nations where students showcased traditional clothing.

"They paraded up through the main stage,'' she said. "Then they explained each costume and why it is worn.''

Ms Yarrow said celebrating dif- ferent cultures and customs helped dissipate ignorance in the community.

"A lot of us were envious during the parade,'' she said. "Everyone appreciated the colour and range of attire.''

This year there were also more activities for children. Throughout the day they could take part in an interactive show.



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