"One World Many Faces" is the theme of the Iconic Toowoomba Languages and Cultures (TLC) Festival - an annual celebration of the diversity in our community and a showcase of talents and colour from across the world!
The philosophy and purpose of the Toowoomba Languages and Cultures Festival is to provide an annual opportunity for all community members:
to learn about, and grow to understand, other cultures, religions, nationalities, languages, backgrounds, and ethnic groups;
to explain one’s own culture, language, background, or religion to others who express an interest;
to meet others of different background(s), whom one might not encounter in one’s everyday routine;
to do this in a fun and caring, safe and entertaining environment; and
to have the opportunity to appreciate the best in those who differ from ourselves, and
to form friendships and build networks that unify the community across linguistic and cultural lines.
The Festival also:
affirms the best and most unifying aspects of our existing Australian culture, including both the wisdom and knowledge of indigenous people and the contributions of all those who have arrived since, and who, together, have built our modern country; and
provides the Region with a joyful annual event that brings contributors and visitors to the Region, further widening the building of friendships and relations.
The Festival is, and is intended to be, community-based and community-run. It takes no position and promotes no particular opinion on any political or religious issues, in order that no one should feel excluded from contributing in any capacity.
The Festival Features:
- Performances ( 3 Stages with 65+ performances)
- International Food Stalls
- Health & Wellness Expo
- Exhibition Hall and Exhibition Lane
- Languages Activities & Performances for all ages
- Schools Language Activities & Performances
- Market Stalls
- Information dsiplays
- Multi-faith Displays
- Kids Entertainment
- Camel Rides, Animal Farm, Reptile Display
10 Year Anniversary - 9 August 2015
The Festival celebrated its tenth year in 2015 with records crowds of over 18,000 people.
- 3 stages and demo area with non-stop performances from schools, professional artists and community groups,
- 40+ food stalls from all over the world,
- Health & Wellness Expo showcasing alternative and traditonal therapies and services under one roof,
- Language activities showcasing the many langauges taught and spoken in our region and schools language activities,
- Amusement rides, animal farm, repitile display and camel rides for kids,
- Information displays of cultural interest and information from major service providers,
- Exhibition Lane and Exhibition Hall showcasing local artists from diverse backgrounds.
Entry fees: $5 Adults & children free.
- provides an entertaining, drug and alcohol free family day out;
- provides opportunities to try new foods and activities;
- creates a sense of belonging to a diverse and interesting community; and
- gives our community a chance to showcase their cultural, culinary and linguistic heritage.