Festival ​celebrates cultural diversity

Peruvian, Chilean and Macedonian dancing, as well as folkloric music from Malta, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Egypt will all be part of this year’s Living Cultures Festival at Fairfield City Museum & Gallery on March 17.

The multicultural festival coincides with Harmony Day and aims to showcase Fairfield’s diverse cultural heritage and promote respect and harmony within the community.

More than 50 per cent of Fairfield’s population were born overseas with 120-plus languages spoken at home.

“Living Cultures Festival is a wonderful celebration of Fairfield City’s rich multicultural history through contemporary and traditional performance, clothing, music, arts and crafts and food,” Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone said.

 “People from all walks of life can come together and share their own culture and traditions which have become part of Fairfield’s unique multicultural fabric.

“Our city is built on the back of cultural diversity, with people from across the world bringing their own unique identities to share.”

The free community event starts at 11am with a traditional smoking ceremony by Darug man Christopher Tobin, followed by singing and dancing performances from across the world.

There will also be arts and crafts, face painting, food stalls and community services information.

  • Living Cultures Festival, March 17, 11am - 2pm, Fairfield City Museum & Gallery (634 The Horsley Drive, Smithfield. Entrance via Oxford Street).