Gold Coast to celebrate diversity in Queensland week

31 May 2016

The Gold Coast will celebrate Queensland’s diversity at a free community event during Queensland Week - called Diversity GC.

Mayor Tom Tate said Queensland Week was a great opportunity to showcase our multi-cultural community.

"In the last 12 months, the City has officially welcomed more than 2700 new Australian citizens on the Gold Coast, from over 60 countries," he said.

"Diversity GC encourages the community to celebrate with our new citizens and to share a sense of pride with them in what it is to be an Australian, a Queenslander and, of course, a Gold Coaster.

“Each new citizen brings their own cultural background with them to the coast and that’s what this event is all about – recognising and celebrating everyone’s background.”

Running from 4-12 June, Queensland Week is centred around the state’s birthday on 6 June, which acknowledges the ‘birth’ of Queensland as a separate colony in its own right.

As part of Queensland Week, the Gold Coast will welcome 150 new citizens from 40 different countries at a unique outdoor citizenship ceremony at Chinatown, in the Gold Coast CBD.

The celebrations kick off on Saturday 4 June with the citizenship ceremony at 2pm. The afternoon program features multi-cultural entertainment as well as the regular Chinatown Street Markets from 3pm-8pm.

Diversity GC is in Gold Coast Chinatown, Young and Davenport streets, Southport. The program includes:

  • 2pm-3pm: Australian Citizenship Ceremony (officiated by Mayor).
     
  • 3pm-8pm: Entertainment featuring a range of music and performances from across the world, plus roving entertainment and activities for the family.
     
  • 3pm-8pm: The Chinatown Street Markets will offer a range of multi-cultural street food, beverages and merchandise to purchase, with local traders extending their hours.

This event is run by the City of Gold Coast in alliance with Queensland Government (Premiers Department), Multicultural Communities Council and The Migrant Centre and is proudly support by 102.9 Hot Tomato.

Free public parking is available at the Athol Paterson and Mal Burke car parks from 12pm.

Visit cityofgoldcoast.com.au/diversitygc for information.

 

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