Cultures celebrate in Murray Bridge collaboration

Organisers unite: Rural City of Murray Bridge community safety officer Heather Courtney, community development leader Faith Box, Anglican Community Care community worker Louise Byrne, communities for children worker Karen Parker, homelessness services manager Thanuja Hiripitiyage and council culture development officer Simone Zrna are ready to celebrate the All Culture Fest.

Organisers unite: Rural City of Murray Bridge community safety officer Heather Courtney, community development leader Faith Box, Anglican Community Care community worker Louise Byrne, communities for children worker Karen Parker, homelessness services manager Thanuja Hiripitiyage and council culture development officer Simone Zrna are ready to celebrate the All Culture Fest.

THE Murray Bridge Town Hall will come alive on Saturday as a diverse range of cultures come together to take part in the All Culture Fest.

The Rural City of Murray Bridge, Migrant Resource Centre and ac.care are holding the event collaboratively as a celebration for Refugee Week.

Council community culture development officer Simone Zrna said the event was a fun and entertaining celebration of culture which attracted about 300 people last year.

"We almost filled the town hall last year, and this year we hope to have the same again - fill it to the brim," she said.

"We hold the event to encourage people living in Murray Bridge for a long time or a short time to all come together, to talk to each other, to have a conversation, to experience someone else's journey.

"It's an opportunity for us to celebrate the many cultures that co-exist in Murray Bridge."

Singers and multicultural dancers will be performing at the town hall, colourfest films will be showcased and there will be plenty of activities for children, and adults to enjoy.

Ms Zrna said each year different cultures were showcased through the activities and this year's theme was based on Asian and African influences.

"We do try to encompass a variety of different cultures," she said.

"We try to connect people by mixing it up each year."

The three organisations are encouraging people to attend the event to try something new and bask in the cultural, social and religious diversity of the Murray Bridge community.

- Details - The 2014 All Culture Fest will be held in the Murray Bridge Town Hall from 1.30pm on Saturday, June 21. Entry is free.

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