The Children’s Festival 2017 has been rescheduled, due to bad weather
before and on March 19 forced the cancellation of the planned event at
The festival’s founder, Thuat Van Nguyen, today announced that the 2017 festival will now be held
on Saturday 13
th of May at the same venue, First Fleet Park, The Rocks in Sydney.
It will be officially opened by the NSW Minister for Multiculturalism, Hon Ray Williams MP.
“We were naturally disappointed for the scores of children who had been preparing for the festival
for many weeks. However, the extra time available should allow us to make the event even better.
“This festival is something important for today’s world which is so divided by cultural and religious
difference. “On Saturday 13
th of May, children from over 30 groups will take to the stage to sing
and dance. Hundreds more will parade in national costume, accompanied by marching and drum
bands, and lion dancers.
“Children coming together in this way once a year, deliver an important lesson in harmony and
acceptance”, Mr Nguyen said.
Thuat Van Nguyen staged the first Multicultural Children's Festival in Bankstown in 1999.
“Over the years we have continued to grow and this year we are including indigenous children who
will dance and participate in creative activities. We have also invited children from recently-arrived
Syrian refugee families to introduce them to the amazing diversity of our society.
"There has probably never been a time when acceptance of difference was more important.
Children demonstrate welcome and acceptance much more easily than adults and our festival is
designed to bring all these children to together to mingle, share and to teach each other.
"Parents and children will know that they can talk to anyone, ask questions, and share their
knowledge and skills.
“I invite everyone, whatever your background, to join this fun-filled day that celebrates who and
what we are as a wonderfully successful and unique multicultural society”, he said.
The Multicultural Children’s Festival will take place in First Fleet Park close to Circular Quay with
non-stop entertainment performed by children between 11 am and 4 pm. This includes fun for
“under 5's” - jumping castle, kite making & flying, bamboo pole dance, animal farm, lion dance
workshop, and colouring-in…
The event is part of The City of Sydney’s Living in Harmony Festival 2017 and sponsored by
Multicultural NSW and other project partners.
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The Salvation Army will today launch its annual Red Shield Doorknock to multicultural communities, to help reach this year’s national fundraising target of $74 million.
Senator the Hon. Fiona Nash, Minister for Regional Development, will launch this year’s event and will be joined by Salvation Army Territorial Multicultural Coordinator, Captain Nesan Kistan.
The Red Shield Doorknock launch to multicultural communities is one of the key events of the annual Red Shield Appeal which culminates with the Doorknock weekend on May 28-29.
MultiConnexions is once again partnering with The Salvation Army as the sponsor of this year’s event. MultiConnexions CEO, Sheba Nandkeolyar, says she is proud of the longstanding relationship they have built with The Salvation Army to support its work across Australia.
Mr. Joseph Assaf, Chairman of Ethnic Business Awards, has been a staunch supporter and driver to garner support for The Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal for over twenty years.
“The Salvation Army is an army for everyone, from everywhere. From every religion and every background. This army has no geographical, social or religious boundaries and their mission is to help and that they do. Thank God for the Salvos. ” he said.
Captain Nesan Kistan, Territorial Multicultural Coordinator, says The Salvation Army would not be able to maintain its strong presence in multicultural communities without the support of the Australian public, who volunteer their time and give generously to the Red Shield Doorknock.
The Salvation Army provides a number of important social services for multicultural Australia that includes homeless support, women’s and children’s services, financial counselling through Moneycare, addiction and recovery services, legal assistance through Salvos Legal Humanitarian, English classes, learn to drive programs and many more.
“The funds raised from the Red Shield Doorknock ensure The Salvation Army can continue to develop and empower local communities that are in need of extra support,” Captain Kistan said.
“Now more than ever, it’s vital we support people from diverse cultures and backgrounds so that Australia can remain an open, inclusive and cohesive multicultural society.”
To volunteer for this year’s Red Shield Doorknock weekend please call 13 SALVOS (13 72 58) or register online at salvos.org.au/volunteer
You can donate to the Red Shield Doorknock by calling 13 SALVOS (13 72 58), online at salvos.org.au/mc, in person at any Westpac branch or by posting your cheque to PO Box 9888 in your capital city.
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