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World Food and Music Fest celebrates Roxby’s multiculturalism

Charmayne Cronje
Abbie Tiller
Roxby’s World Food and Music Festival is a vibrantly unique event, celebrating the diverse cultures populating the South Aussie mining town.
From Bollywood dancing to African drumming and Aboriginal art, the unique festival, which will be held on Saturday October 28, will bring the entire community together to showcase almost 40 different nationalities which make the outback town a multicultural hub.
Organised by volunteers from Roxby Downs Multicultural Forum, the event which first began in 2012, is not just a festival, but an experience. Community Event Specialist at the local council, Sasha Yantewo said it gave residents a wonderful opportunity to share their diverse cultures and make the wonderful town of Roxby “feel a bit like home”.
Five hundred kilometres north of Adelaide, Roxby Downs has a population of 4,500, with residents drawn from all over the globe to mine copper and uranium at BHP’s Olympic Dam.
There town is home to a strong Filipino community, as well as families from India, Sri Lanka, Colombia, Indonesia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Indonesia.
The myriad of cultures makes for a much-sought-after fusion of flavours at the Festival’s Community Kitchen, where locals prepare a taste of their home-country cuisine, and the crowd can’t get enough of it!
Food trucks also set-up for the event, with Indian, sushi, nachos, loaded wings and grazing boxes- perfect for the picnicking crowd, as they enjoy the sounds of Fusion Beats and watch the Bollywood dancers.
One of Africa’s most inspirational musicians, Bortier Okoe, will be performing on-stage, as well as the Boorook Street Band and The Red Wing Country Band from Kingoonya.
There’ll be face-paining, drumming workshops, henna tattoos, free-style basketball juggling from Bavo Delbeke, bubble art and local Aboriginal women’s group, Minyma Talk, will be hosting workshops where people can try their hand at making their own macrame wall hanging.
The music, food and fun will kick off with the Parade of Nations – a colourful collection of World flags and traditional clothing in a procession through the town’s Main Street.
Roxby World Food & Music Festival
October 28 3pm-4pm
For info click here



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