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A blend of world cultures will come together this weekend for the annual Toowoomba Languages and Cultures Festival. Now in its 13th year, the festival will be a celebration of song, dance and food with this year’s theme titled – One World, Many Faces.

Held in Queens Park on Sunday, Toowoomba Regional Council Tourism and Events portfolio leader Cr Geoff McDonald said the award-winning event was a chance to showcase more than 200 different cultural groups that now call the Toowoomba Region home.

“We’re extremely proud of the diversity we have in this region and this festival is a way to celebrate all of those different cultures,” he said. “You can travel the world in six hours at the festival.”

“There will be a range of music on the day including Bustamento playing Carribean music, the Mad Mariachi Mexican Band, through to the African Fusion Band. There are also a number of local acts including the Ezidi Community Dance Group and Youth Dance.

“You will be able to get the tastebuds flowing at the cultural kitchen with international cooking demonstrations taking place throughout the day. In addition to this there will be arts, crafts, displays, market stalls, a mindful wellbeing expo and kids will be able to enjoy the inflatable rides all day for only $2.”

“The festival is a great day to share in the special traditions that each group is proud to display” Cr McDonald said.

Ticket prices are $10 for adults with children under 18 admitted for free.
More information is available at the festival website www.TLCFestival.com.au

Council partners with the Toowoomba International Multicultural Society (TIMS), the Multicultural Development Association, Centacare, Modern Language Teachers’ Association of Queensland (MLTAQ), USQ Multicultural Centre, Commonwealth Carer Respite Centre, Carers Queensland and Mercy Community Services to stage the day.

The event is supported by the Queensland Government through Multicultural Affairs Queensland.

Submitted by:
Brendan Steinhardt
Principal Media and Strategic Relations
Stakeholder Engagement and Communications
Toowoomba Regional Council

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