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Colourful festival tradition continues at Salisbury


The Salisbury Parish Multicultural Carnival, which is fast becoming a colourful tradition that reflects the rich and vibrant diversity of the community, will be held on Sunday February 16.

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Sue Knight and Arlene Jasper, co-conveners of the biennial festival, said the event was borne out of the parish strategic plan which recognised the need to find a way to bring together all cultural groups to celebrate the parish’s rich community.

“Jesus said ‘I came that you may have life and have it to the full’ (John 10:10). The parish of St Augustine’s in Salisbury has certainly provided opportunities for this to be lived out,” Sue said.

The 2020 event will be the fourth since the idea was first raised in 2013.

The carnival includes entertainment items, activities, stalls of various kinds and food that showcases the diverse cultural community – from Italian and Polish to Indian, Vietnamese and Aussie barbecue.

Stalls featuring craft, plants, religious icons and face painting will be interspersed with multicultural dances and drummers, a jumping castle, soccer games, piñata and other fun activities.

Local schools – St Augustine’s Parish School, Thomas More College and Holy Family Catholic School – will join in the celebrations.

“In partnership with families and the parish, our Catholic schools play a very important role in nurturing our young people into realising the joy and hope and love that comes from knowing Jesus,” said Sue.

“We are thankful for the great partnership that exists between Church and school and family.”

The Salisbury Parish Multicultural Festival will be held at St Augustine’s Parish School, 25 Commercial Road, Salisbury, from 12-4pm. All welcome. For more information, visit


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