Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC) this week (July 18) endorsed a $25,000 funding application to help stage the second International Street Fiesta in Toowoomba’s Queens Park on Saturday, October 28, 2023.

Toowoomba Region Mayor Paul Antonio said Council was pleased to continue its support for the Fiesta, which previously had been staged as the Toowoomba Languages and Cultures Festival.

“I see great merit in continuing our primary support for the festival, which is organised under the banner of the Toowoomba International Multicultural Society (TIMS) and its various sponsors and supporters,” Mayor Antonio said.

“The Fiesta continues to showcase our Region’s rich cultural composition.

“Council in late June commemorated the 10th anniversary of Toowoomba’s declaration as a Refugee Welcome Zone and events like the Fiesta offer new and existing groups a chance to share their music, dance and food with the wider community.

“Toowoomba has been built on the skills of people from many different backgrounds across its history and we continue to see this evolve with new arrivals making a contribution to our community.”

TRC Environment and Community Services committee chair Cr James O’Shea said the Fiesta added great value to the Region’s events calendar.

“As we saw with the shift to an afternoon and evening function last year, the Fiesta celebrates the different nationalities that are represented in our Region.

“The event is our signature multicultural festival. It is an energetic and colourful display of music, dance and food for families to enjoy and a great way to meet new groups settling in our community or see more established performance groups.”

More information about food and stall applications and how to volunteer is available at the festival website by visiting www.tims.org.au

The event is supported by the Queensland Government through Multicultural Affairs Queensland, Multicultural Australia and the University of Southern Queensland.

The funding was approved at the July Ordinary Meeting of Council.

Caption: African Fusion drummers and dancers, who performed at the inaugural International Street Fiesta in 2022.