On May 30th, our newest committee member, Angus Moffat, helmed TransCollaborate’s stall at the 15th Toowoomba Languages and Cultures Festival at Queensland City’s Queens Park. As usual, our stall attracted a high quality of attention from among the 6000 local attendees. Even the Festival founder and organising chair, Gitie House OAM, and The Hon Leanne Linard MP, the Queensland Minister for Multicultural Affairs, dropped by to say hello!
If past experience is anything to go by, we should expect some operations to start springing up in Queensland in the near future.
The Toowoomba International Multicultural Society (TIMS) and the Modern Languages Teachers’ Association of Queensland devised the festival as a celebration of Toowoomba’s growing migrant and refugee population.
The festival unites more than 100 community groups, service organisations, businesses and partners to support and encourage a sense of belonging and community harmony.
Toowoomba is a Refugee Welcome Zone and in recent years has accepted more refugees than Brisbane, including several hundred Yazidis (also referred to as Ezidi, who have been resettled from parts of Syria and Iraq, with the assistance of Multicultural Australia).