THE Border’s annual multicultural Christmas celebration is coming to North Albury on Friday night.
Now in its fifth year, the Community Cultural Christmas Festival invites families and friends to grab a picnic blanket or chair to enjoy the festivities in Bunton Park.
Community Cultural Christmas Festival co-organiser and committee member Taylor Hampton said there would be market stalls, cultural and sporting activities, and live entertainment.
Mr Hampton said Riley-Rose and Seamus from HIT 104.9 would be the emcees for the program.
“The entertainment program will feature the Mission Songs Project being performed with a quartet, presented by Jessie Lloyd with a range of Indigenous performers from around Australia, as well as local supporting acts,” he said.
Community Cultural Christmas Festival co-organiser and committee member Darren Harris said the organisers were committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for the community at the festival.
He said the festival provided a chance for diverse members of the community to celebrate without risk of harm from alcohol, drugs or gambling.
“Now in its fifth year, the festival focuses on building an inclusive community and strengthening cultural community connections,” he said.
“The new, larger venue reflects the growing success of our family-friendly approach to celebrating Christmas and we are thankful for the amazing support of the committees involved, as well as AFL North East Border, Albury City, Antech Printing, Koori Consumer Action Group, North Albury Football Netball Club and the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation, for making it possible.”
Festival co-organiser and committee member Sarah Whitling said there would be a range of tasty, affordable food on offer at the festival.
“The Wodonga TAFE Certificate II in Hospitality students will be cooking up a storm, with native bush tucker for sale as well as a range of multicultural options, including Congolese, Indian and Thai, starting from just $1,” she said.
The festival runs on December 7 from 6pm to 9pm.