Saturday 18th November 2017 saw over 700 people from a variety of nationalities join together for the annual Robinvale District Health Services (RDHS) TREE Multi-Fest.

The festival was designed as an opportunity for the many cultures that make up the town to gather together and celebrate their traditions in a public forum.

There was a great variety of food stalls from Tonga, Fiji, Samoa, Malaysia, India, Italy and more and It was fantastic to see people from all walks of life sampling these traditional foods of other countries and immersing themselves in different cultures.

It really was a vibrant mix of cultures  with entertainment provided from the Samoan, Fijian, Tongan communities, Filipino dancers, the Robinvale College Community Brass Band and Aunty Rose Kirby performed the Welcome to Country ceremony.

Some local members of the Indian community came and did henna on people, which was very popular.

RDHS also had a “health” stand, handing out fresh fruit and water, as well as information about the services available.

We would ideally love to have a representative of every nationality in Robinvale at the next festival would love to engage with members of the Asian community, as well as any other nationalities that live in our town.  It’s important that as many as possible are represented, and have the opportunity to represent and share their traditions with the rest of the community.

Plans are already underway for next years’ festival

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