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The Gippsland Immigration Wall of Recognition Multicultural Festival is a special and unique major event that takes place in the Immigration Park (http://www.gippslandimmigrationpark.com.au/ in Morwell.  This event promotes a cooperative opportunity for different ethnic communities to work in harmony for several months before, during and after the event. The event also includes the participation of the Gunnai/Kurnai people who performes the smoking ceremony of welcome on the day of the event.  Throughout the day, there are performances by the different ethnic communities, other entertainment, food stalls and craft stalls.  This event is highlighted the unveiling of tablets containing names and details of immigrants to the Gippsland region.  The illustrative bronzes and immigrants engraved names and arrival details, provides a growing tangible acknowledgement of peoples’ arrival and their subsequent contribution to the growth of Australia as a nation as a permanent exhibit in Immigration Park Morwell.  Overall, this successful event promotes harmony in the different ethnic groups and contributes to the tourism industry and economics of the local region.

 

2009 photo 
Photo taken at the third Gippsland Immigration Wall of Recognition Multicultural Festival on Sunday, 15th March 2009.  From left to right:  Dr Graham Dettrick (Chairperson of GECC), Don Di Fabrizio (Chairperson of Immigration Park Committee and Deputy Chairperson of GECC) and George Lekakis (Chairperson of the Victorian Multicultural Commission).

For pictures of the Immigration Park and information for including your family name on the immigration wall, please visit the Immigration Park Inc. web site at http://www.gippslandimmigrationpark.com.au/

 


Information about the 2013 Gippsland Multicultural Festival:

DAY 1: Friday 15th March 2013: Multicultural Youth Festival (Bridging the Multicultural Generation Gap).  Participants from various schools in Gippsland. DAY 2: Saturday 17th March 2013: Lunch by the Lake (GippsTAFE/Warratah).  DAY 3: Sunday 17th March 2013: Gippsland Immigration Wall of Recognition Multicultural Festival.  Annual unveiling of new names on the wall, performances, ethnic food, craft stalls, displays, etc.

For updates for the 15th to 17th GECC Multicultural Festival, please click on tab/ruler on the left (2013 GECC Multicultural Festival - this page will be regularly updated).

*The 2014 Gippsland Multicultural Festival was cancelled to eliminate the uncertainty of any potential health risk due to smoke inhalation from nearby mine fires, particularly with older and school age community members*

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