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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