Apply now to share your culture at Global Grooves

Published: 29 Jul 2021

If you’re passionate about your culture, Global Grooves is your opportunity to share it.

Whether that’s through a cultural performance in traditional costume or as a food vendor or a market stallholder, applications are now open.

Returning to Queens Park on October 23, from 3pm to 8pm, Global Grooves is the Mackay region’s largest and most celebrated multicultural event.

Mayor Greg Williamson said council was passionate about highlighting our region’s ethnic diversity.

“Since we started tallying up our citizenship ceremonies, we’ve welcomed, as new Australians, migrants from 87 different nations,” Mayor Williamson said.

“And many of those migrant communities have now become part of the fabric of our community,” he said.

“Global Grooves is their chance to share their culture, music, dance, costumes, craft and cuisine with us, and it makes for a tremendous, vibrant afternoon and evening.”

Mayor Williamson encouraged cultural performers, food and market vendors to apply as soon as possible.

“This is a multicultural event, so first preference will be given to not-for-profit food and market vendors from our multicultural communities,” he said.

“Council staff are willing and available to help make the application process and approvals as easy as possible.”

Food and market vendor sites (up to six metres) are free for not-for-profit groups.

Applications are online and close on Sunday, September 5.

Global Grooves is an initiative of Mackay Regional Council and the MECC and is proudly supported by the Queensland Government and ABC Tropical North.