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Food and dance are festival highlights
Lilly Nedeska, 6, and members of the Macedonian dance group in Queanbeyan.
Photo: Matt Bedford
Following the National Multicultural
Festival in Canberra, Queanbeyan will
put on its own family-friendly, safe
and village-esque Carnivale this
The Queanbeyan multicultural
festival will be heldat Lowe Park on
Sunday from 10am to 4pm.
Organiser John Gunn said the
location made the event memorable.
"This is the best park of all of them,"
"You've got beautiful shade, it's one
of the oldest parks, and it has just got
a good feeling.
People sit under the trees and
spend all day here."
The festival will be set up as a
The stage will be engulfed in
colours and flags and a village
atmosphere, surrounded by food stalls.
Part of the celebrations will include
traditional dancers taking the stage,
including groups from the
KUD Razigrana Makedonka
secretary Ana Sikoska said she was
proud to be involved with the event, to
showcase the traditional culture and
dance of Macedonia.
"The generation that has lived and
grown up overseas like my parents,
they were obviously immersed in this
kind of stuff, having lived in the
country," she said.
"Whereas the generation like me,
who has grown up in Australia . . . just
being able to dress up in the traditional
costumes that our grandparents and
our great grandparents have worn is
just a really good experience to be able
to know our culture."
Ms Sikoska said the Macedonian
community came together once a week
in Queanbeyan and in the lead-up to
the festival would prepare traditional
food to sell. The Macedonian food on
offer will include the sausage-like
kebapi, the croissant-style kifli and
other treats like baklava.
Carnivale, the first in a series of
events run by Queanbeyan
Multilingual Centre, will be followed
by festivals in Goulburn, Cooma and
Time to renew
Member for Eden-Monaro
Last year, City and Country played to
a draw in their annual rugby league
clash. The social and economic
opportunities between these two teams
are significantly less equitable.
From the time of federation, our
nation's founders recognised that the
country needed to have a fair share of
attention and resources.
This was known as the country-city
It formed an integral part of the
nation's economic and social fabric. It
recognised the interdependence of the
country and city that was so crucial to
the tremendous success of modern
Australia. It recognised the mutual
obligation to share the burden of the
costs of living in the country.
It also recognised that the country
formed a critical part of our nation's
character, producing much of our
mythology, collective memory, and
many of our heroes.
Australia no longer rides on the
sheep's back -- this much is true.
But country regions, like ours,
remain vital to Australia.
About 93 per cent of the food
consumed in Australia is grown in
Australia. Almost a third of
Australians live outside of our major
When I came into parliament, I
dedicated myself to making the
intellectual argument for a
reinvigoration of the country-city
compact. With your help, we can make
a renewed compact a reality.
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