A FESTIVAL of dance, food and music awaits thousands on Sunday 24 March when more than 30 communities converge on Benjafield Park to display their culture at the Moonah Taste of the World (MTOW).
Glenorchy Mayor Kristie Johnston said there had been increased interest from performers, cooks and the broader community this year.
“We are so proud to be the most multicultural municipality in Tasmania and the diversity that brings to all of us,” she said.
“This festival draws the community together to celebrate cultural diversity through food, music and dance.
“It is delicious, dynamic and inclusive and we know that people love it.”
An incredible array of culinary plate will be on offer in the Nyrstar Eat Street, including the Hazara Community of Southern Tasmania’s Afghani food, authentic homestyle Japanese dishes made by Hobart mums, and traditional food from Tibet Kitchen, where money raised goes towards a program for the education of refugee Tibetan children in exile in India.
Other activities include face painting, Henna tattooing, craft stalls, grape crushing, storytelling activities and interactive choir performances.
ABC Radio will be partnering with the event, with the ABC Stage hosting several performances by Indian, Persian and Spanish musicians and dancers, along with a range of choirs.
“This festival is so important to southern Tasmania, and we are looking forward to being a part of such an inclusive and meaningful event,” local radio manager Samantha Stayner said.
Mayor Johnston said Glenorchy City Council had received funding through the Multicultural Grants Program and Department of Communities Tasmania to help run a series of unique free workshops in the lead up to the event and on the day.
“These workshops encourage participation, new experiences and joy from singing in groups,” she said.
“This allows Tasmanians to join in and understand more about the making and sharing of culture.
“They will be held at Moonah Arts Centre on 9, 16 and 23 March and will enable people to get involved as individuals, groups of friends, families or colleagues.”
Caption: Indri Lindsay from Indonesian Kitchen at the 2018 Moonah Taste of the World, which will be returning to Benjafield Park this month.