Festival is a celebration of 'rich multicultural history'

Macedonian, Russian-Chinese, Colombian, Indonesian, Chilean, Spanish and Italian folkloric dancing and music will all feature at this year's Living Cultures Festival on March 23.

The free cultural celebration, held at Fairfield City Museum & Gallery, promotes respect and harmony within the community and coincides with Harmony Day.

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

“The Living Cultures Festival is a wonderful celebration of Fairfield City’s rich multicultural history through modern and traditional performance, costume, music and the arts,” 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 city’s unique multicultural identity.”

The event will start with a traditional smoking ceremony and Acknowledgement of Country by Darug man Christopher Tobin.

It will be followed by a showcase of cultural performances, craft and cultural stalls and food demonstrations.

Mr Carbone said Fairfield is built on the "back of cultural diversity" with people from across the world bringing their own unique identities to share.

“I encourage people to come along to Living Cultures Festival and experience some of the wonderful cultures we have in Fairfield which make it such a unique place to live and work," he said.

Living Cultures Festival, Saturday, March 23, 11am - 3pm Fairfield City Museum & Gallery (634 The Horsley Drive, Smithfield).