Diwali at Gumbyuya World 10th Nov 2018 by IACC
It has been a very long time since I set foot on Gumbuya world , somewhere in the 80’s until this invitation to the Diwali Festival. The Park itself has changed dramatically over the years and I must make a day trip to take it all in.
The Indian Association Cardinia Casey (IACC), one of the biggest Indian not-for- profit organisations in the south-east Melbourne region hosted ‘Australia’s first Theme Park Diwali’ at Gumbuya World on 10th November 2018.
The event, the organisers say, was a massive success with people traveling from as far as Craigieburn, Whyndam and Frankston to take part in the festivities. The event’s primary focus was the merger of the Australian and Indian cultures through music, performances and other activities.
The IACC Diwali event was an all-inclusive event with people from all ethnicities and communities getting together with environment protection as a prime focus. There was extensive local wildlife on display for the festivalgoers at Gumbuya World along with a range of other entertainment options including thrilling rides, performances, music, dance, face painting, henna art and a range of food trucks.
The event was graced by Hon. Brad Battin MP for Gembrook , the shadow minister for Emergency Services and Building Industry along with Mr Jason Wood MP for La Trobe (Chair of Joint Standing Committee on Migration).
Also present were the Mayor of Cardinia Shire – Cr Collin Ross with councillors Cr Michael Schilling, Cr Brett Owen and the Cardinia council CEO Ms Carol Jeffs. They were also joined by City of Casey councillor Cr Damien Rosario, former ministerial adviser Mr Nitin Gupta and renowned leaders of the Indian community Arvind Putta and Kartik Arasu.
There was a huge range of Indian street food, fusion food and Aussie options available from the multitude of food trucks, stalls and Café. Festival-goers enjoyed a string of performances on stage till it was dark, after which the non-stop DJ rocked the night. The fabulous night was ended on a high, with a mind-blowing lazer-show on the beats of Indian drums (Dhol) played by around 30 performers live. It was a surreal performance and revellers say they are already excited for a bigger and better Diwali next year.
Few Photos from the event. Posted http://kevin-peterson.net/?p=44221