Festival of Lights celebrates Geraldton and Mid West’s many cultures

Midwest Times
Indian Classical Dancers Sania Sajeev, 10, and Maduricaa Yohanathan, 10.
Camera IconIndian Classical Dancers Sania Sajeev, 10, and Maduricaa Yohanathan, 10. Credit: ZEN Events and Photography Services

Thousands of people came together to celebrate cultural diversity at the Geraldton foreshore last weekend.

The Festival of Lights, organised by the Midwest Multicultural Association and held at Stow Gardens, was a showcase of music, dance and art from all corners of the Earth.

As part of the event, Yamatji artist Maxine Gregory designed a stunning sand mural, which her family members, Rhonelle Gregory and Mielisha Ponta, then installed on the foreshore.

Fijian dancers Marjorie, left, and Marisina Tukutukuivalu.
Camera IconFijian dancers Marjorie, left, and Marisina Tukutukuivalu. Credit: ZEN Events and Photography Services
Rhonelle Gregory and Mielisha Ponta with their sand art installation.
Camera IconRhonelle Gregory and Mielisha Ponta with their sand art installation. Credit: ZEN Events and Photography Services
Wilfred Bandga and Maya Miko.
Camera IconWilfred Bandga and Maya Miko. Credit: ZEN Events and Photography Services.

Midwest Multicultural Association president Tom Mwangi said he was proud of all the volunteers and their willingness to share their culture with the Geraldton community.

Mr Mwangi estimated about 3000 people attended the event.

On Sunday, festival performers treated Geraldton seniors to two hours of international songs and dances at an afternoon tea at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre.

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