Cultural Celebration – Pacific Island Experience – Milbi Festival
Cultural Celebration - Pacific Island Experience
Part of the 2019 Milbi Festival
Experience Pacific Island Life!
Walk through the Village and experience life in the Pacific Islands
Multicultural groups from the Bundaberg region are coming together to celbrate and share their culture with the community.
Ol Meri Wantok Bundaberg is creating a Pacific Island experience, part of the Milbi Festival to showcase Pacific Islander communities in Bundaberg and district.
Cost: Free entry
Many local multicultural groups are participating in the Island Village including Ol Meri Wantok Bundaberg Inc, Bundaberg Indigenous Playgroup, Bundaberg South Sea Islander Group, Kapahaka Group, Kiribati Group, Tongan Group and Bundaberg Fijin Inc.
Ol Meri Wantok Bundaberg spokesperson, Linah Mountford says that visitors will be able to walk through a village and experience life in the Pacific Islands.
She said that entertainers and dancers from the Pacific Islands will be visiting Bundaberg to perform as part of the event along with great tastes, cultural displays and storytelling.
Be part of Village life:-
- Interactive Market Place
- Arts and crafts on display and for sale
- Bilum bag making
- Face painting
- Island food for purchase
- Cultural performances
Entertainment, demonstrations and displays from Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Niue, Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, Kiribati, New Zealand and Australia will be held at the event.
About: Ol Meri Wantok - Bundaberg
Ol Meri Wantok Bundaberg is a budding social enterprise established by a group of Papua New Guinean Women living in the Bundaberg Region. The groups objective is to connect ladies from different Pacific Island Nations to promote Island arts and craft (selling and or displays), sharing cultures, traditions and their skills with each other in Bundaberg as well as ladies out in the Pacific Islands. Ol Meri Wantok group believe that in doing so, this helps contribute towards the well-being of all involved. This enables embracing families, building friendship and sharing cultures.
The phrase/line 'Ol Meri Wantok' is from Papua New Guinea which means 'all female friends'. The word ' Wantok' means ‘people sharing same language, social bond’ and in this case Ol Meri Wantok Bundaberg is sharing culture.
The Pacific Island Model Village is supported by the Department of Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs through the 2018-19 Celebrating Multicultural Queensland Program.