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Since 1998, the annual Mareeba Multicultural Festival has grown in popularity as the quality of activities becomes richer and more diverse. The first few festivals concentrated on singing, dancing and poetry. As the years have gone by, performances organised by particular ancestry groups have many members from other cultural backgrounds. This has had flow on effects in terms of friendships and networks established.
Mareeba is a showcase for the rest of Australia, particularly rural Australia for harmony, goodwill and the celebration of unity in diversity.
The Mareeba Multicultural Festival Committee represents a broad spectrum of the community including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and cultures from non English and English speaking backgrounds. It also includes representatives from the local business sector, Council and youth. The methodology is grounded in community development and capacity building strategies.
Last Modified: Thursday 1 August 2013