Wila Tha of Karen ethnic group in Burma and Manpreet Kaur and Kuewinder Kaur of Punjab and (inset) Rajni, Gurwinder, Ranjit and Baljit get creative with henna.
Wila Tha of Karen ethnic group in Burma and Manpreet Kaur and Kuewinder Kaur of Punjab and (inset) Rajni, Gurwinder, Ranjit and Baljit get creative with henna.

Celebration has students ecstatic

A CELEBRATION of culture has meant a diverse array of activities at the Coffs Harbour Education Campus.

The Fusion Festival has been bustling despite wet weather placing some restrictions on where events could unfold.

While Heartribe’s performance was rained out there have been plenty of cultural displays, food and festivities keeping the crowds entertained.

Among the first two days of action were a cultural costume competition, Japanese calligraphy, Indian dancers and a henna demonstration.

The TAFE Student Association’s Mark Thorn said his highlight so far was 14-year-old Afghan refugee Zakieh Rasouli speaking about her experiences.

“She was inspirational, passionate about her home country and has won a national award for writing,” Mr Thorn said.

“Zakieh also won the cultural costume competition which had about 25 participants who were predominantly from different parts of Africa and Asia.”

He said the costumes were spectacular, elaborate and many hand-stitched.

The Fusion Festival started in 2005 and Mr Thorn said over the years the festival had become more focused in purpose and intent.



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