Camden Cultures festival full of food, fashion and family fun

Embrace diversity: The face of Camden has changed drastically in recent years. Today the region is home to 113 nationalities. Picture: Chris Lane.
Embrace diversity: The face of Camden has changed drastically in recent years. Today the region is home to 113 nationalities. Picture: Chris Lane.

As Camden's population continues to grow so does the diversity of the region's residents.

Camden Council has planned an event to celebrate the region's multicultural locals.

The inaugural Camden Cultures event will be held on Saturday, March 30  from 4pm at Town Park in Oran Park.

Camden mayor Peter Sidgreaves said the event is part of the state government's Multicultural March initiative, which aims to foster inclusive and contributing communities.

"Since 2008, our population has increased by 69 per cent," Cr Sidgreaves said.

"This growth has seen people from all different backgrounds, with different customs, religions and traditions, call Camden home.

"In the last 10 years, we've seen residents who identify as Vietnamese increase by 442 per cent and residents who identify as Italian increase by 92 per cent, just as examples.

"We're celebrating the 113 nationalities, 85 birthplaces, 65 languages and 38 religions in the Camden area."

The free event will be a fun-filled, family-friendly occasion with activities including live entertainment, a fashion parade, a range of international food stalls, children's activities including jumping castle and garden games and a screening of Bend It Like Beckham at 8pm.

Frances Sio, one of three powerhouse vocalists from the event's headline act, K-Groove, said her band is a groovy mix of cultures.

"My guitarist is Australian, my bass player is Macedonian, our lead male singer was born in New Zealand, but was raised in California, and one of our lead female singers is Italian," Ms Sio said.

"I am New Zealand-born Samoan, along with our drummer who is my son.

"We'll be performing the music we grew up with - classic covers, a bit of old and new R'n'B, soul, pop, funk and also reggae.

"Events like Camden Cultures open up our eyes and minds to the beauty of other cultures, so we can learn about, appreciate and understand each other.

"I love Camden's diversity, and how we can all live in harmony.

"This event will be a wonderful and fun way to learn about different foods, languages, music, dance, arts and crafts."

Details: camden.nsw.gov.au.