You are invited to the first annual Nowruz Multicultural Festival: One Festival, Many Nations – a music, dance and cultural spectacular that celebrates the creative talents and rich cultures of our diverse communities.

**FREE!** **FREE!** **FREE!**
Entry to this family-friendly event is FREE and open to everyone in the community. It is the first of its’ kind so bring your family and friends along to experience a fun and unique day out! Be sure to carry some cash in order to purchase food from the cultural food stalls.

Nowruz, meaning ‘New Day’ in farsi/dari, is considered one of the most important days of the calendar for countries including (but not limited to) Afghanistan, Albania, Azerbaijan, Iran, Iraq (Kurdistan), Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Nowruz marks the first day of Spring and renewal of nature. It is a celebration of friendship, new beginnings and togetherness.

In collaboration with the Iranian Society of Queensland, the Queensland Afghan Community Association will bring this widely-celebrated event to Brisbane! For the very first time, every Queenslander can experience the historical traditions and cultural heritage associated with this special occasion that has been celebrated for over 3,000 years.

Take part in a number of workshops and activities in the activity tent; watch dance performances and cheer on vocalists and musicians on stage; try some unique cultural food and drinks; see cultural handicrafts and beautiful art displayed in the exhibition hall; and enjoy celebrating the new year with the diverse community of Australia!

EVENT DETAILS
Date: Saturday 23rd March 2019
Time: 10 AM – 5 PM
Location: Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mount Coot-tha, Bandstand area
Entry: Free

WHAT TO EXPECT
– A multitude of cultural music and dance performances
– A wide range of food and drink stalls
– Cultural handicraft exhibition
– Art and calligraphy workshops
– Henna and face painting for the kids
– Samanak (traditional Nowruz cooking ceremony)
– Massive Haftsin display (Traditional Iranian table)

For further questions and queries, please contact either QACA on qldafghancommunity@gmail.com or ISQ on info@isqld.org.au.

A full program for the festival will be released in the coming days, so stay tuned for further updates!

We would like to acknowledge and give our sincerest thanks to the Queensland Government for supporting this event.