19 Aug 2018

Message of Support for Canterbury-Bankstown Children's Festival 2018


Bill ShortenThe Hon Bill Shorten MP 
Leader of the Opposition

IIt gives me great pleasure to send my well-wishes to the Children’s Festival Organisation as it celebrates its 20th Anniversary and stages the thirty-second Children’s Festival this September.

These Festivals bring together school-children and community groups of various cultures to showcase an array of talents including music, dance and singing, and to celebrate our nation’s wonderful diversity.

The Children’s Festival Organisation, together with its members, sponsors, and volunteers, has a proud tradition of community outreach and engagement, and a commitment to promoting a cohesive and harmonious society for us all.

The Labor Party shares this commitment to celebrating Australia’s multiculturalism and helping to nurture interconnectedness among our diverse communities.

Events like the Children’s Festival play a crucial role in highlighting the important contribution of our migrant communities in Australia and provide a platform for young Australians to unlock their many talents and potential.

On behalf of the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party, I congratulate you for all you have achieved and I hope you will enjoy another successful series of Children’s Festivals in 2018 and beyond. 





Premier Gladys BerejiklianThe Hon Gladys Berejiklian MP 
The Premier of New South Wales

I am delighted to welcome young performers to the Children’s Festival in Canterbury-Bankstown, now in its 20th year.

This festival promotes multicultural friendships and cultural understanding while showcasing the amazing talents and dedication of our young artists.

It is events such as this that demonstrate the wonderful social harmony that exists among our communities in NSW.

On behalf of the NSW Government, I thank the Children’s Festival Organisation for its commitment to our harmonious multicultural society, and send my warm congratulations on your 20th anniversary.




DavidColeman2The Hon David Coleman MP
Federal Member for Banks
Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs

I congratulate the Children's Festival Organisation for the great work it has done with young people in both Sydney and the Bankstown area for twenty years.

The Organisation's mission to bring Australian children together to share in the joy of celebrating other cultures is of great importance to our community. This contributes greatly to the creation of a rich, vibrant and harmonious society.

I am pleased to be able to attend this year s Festival in Bankstown and participate in many of the multicultural events on the day, as well as celebrate your momentous 20th anniversary.

The Children's Festival is a unique way of bringing young people together and creating shared experiences. I would like to commend the organisers of the Festival for their valuable work over the past twenty years, and welcome your future successes.

I would like to express my gratitude to the organisers of the Festival, who all work as volunteers. Without their hard work, this important celebration would not exist. I hope everyone has a wonderful time at the Children's Festival 2018. 



Tony Burke MP The Hon Tony Burke MP
Federal Member for Watson
Shadow Minister For Multicultural Australia

On behalf of Federal Labor, I extend my best wishes to the organisers and participants of the Children’s Festival Organisation on the upcoming 20th Anniversary Children’s Festival.

The 20th Anniversary of the Children’s Festival celebrates the pride of our nation as a modern multicultural society through music, dance and cultural displays from around the world.

This day of entertainment highlights our long and endearing commitment towards strengthening our bonds of unity as a nation of many cultures, faiths and backgrounds.

Contributions of groups like the Children’s Festival Organisation enrich the experience of our many multicultural communities and promote cultural harmony.

On behalf of Federal Labor, I would like to wish the organisers and participants great success for the upcoming festival.




Jason ClareThe Hon Jason Clare MP
Federal Member for Blaxland
Shadow Minister for Resources and Northern Australia, Shadow Minister for Trade and Investment

Our local area is one of the most culturally diverse places in Australia. People from 130 different countries, speaking more than 60 different languages, call it home.

It is a place of churches, mosques and temples, where different languages grace our shops and where our homes welcome everyone, no matter where they ware born, how they worship or what language they speak.

This is where the new Australia is being forged — a courageous, cosmopolitan, cohesive country, where being Australian is not about where you come from but about where you are going.

That’s why I am so pleased to support the Children's Festival. Building a new Australia starts with our children — playing together and living in harmony.

The twentieth anniversary of the Bankstown Children’s Festival is a great achievement and I would like to congratulate Mr Thuat Nguyen and his fantastic team. Together they are helping to build a better local community — a shining light to the rest of the world.

I encourage everyone in our local community to get involved in what will be a fantastic day.




Ray WilliamsThe Hon Ray Williams MP
State Member for Castle Hill
Minister for Multiculturalism

I would like to offer a warm welcome to everyone taking part in the 20th Children’s Festival in Canterbury-Bankstown.

Over the past 20 years, the Children’s Festival Organisation has run 31 successful festivals across Sydney, helping to showcase the glorious multicultural diversity of our young residents.

The festival highlights our successful, harmonious society and brin gs people together in a fun atmosphere to learn more about our neighbours.

President Mr Thuat Van Nguyen OAM has worked tirelessly to realise his vision of community harmony, and I thank him and the many volunteers for their efforts.

I wish all involved an enjoyable festival.



JihadDibMr Jihad Dib MP
State Member for Lakemba
Shadow Minister for Education

The Children’s Festival is a hallmark in the 2018 calendar as we celebrate the Festival’s 20th anniversary. I would like to extend my congratulations to all the organisers and volunteers who have worked hard to coordinate this great event year after year.

This is always a great event that brings children together of all different backgrounds and provides them with a platform to showcase their talents and celebrate their differences. With talented performances, traditional foods, arts and craft and many stalls, it is a family fun day for all.

Thuat Van Nguyen OAM and the Children’s Festival Organisation have continuously contributed to our vibrant community through the Children’s Festival, and I thank them on behalf of the Lakemba Electorate for all of their dedication and hard work.



Sophi CotsisMs Sophie Cotsis MP
State Member for Canterbury
Shadow Minister for Women, Shadow Minister for Ageing, Shadow Minister for Multiculturalism, and Shadow Minister for Disability Services

I would like to extend my congratulations to the Children’s Festival Organisation on another successful year providing important social cohesion for our local community.

This year marks 20 years of commitment and dedication by the Children’s Festival Organisation to ensuring that all children in modern Australia grow up proud of their ethnicity, heritage, language and culture.

This organisation has had great success not only in our local community but across Sydney which is a fantastic success for its organisers.

I wish your organisation the very best as you forge a new chapter in providing fantastic opportunities for children across our diverse community.

Congratulations and best of luck to the Children’s Festival Organisation.



TaniaMihailukMs Tania Mihailuk MP
State Member for Bankstown
Shadow Minister for Family and Community Services, Shadow Minister for Social Housing, Shadow Minister for Mental Health, and Shadow Minister for Medical Research

I am in delighted to offer my support to the upcoming 2018 Children’s Festival to be held on Sunday 16th September at Paul Keating Park.

With the Children‘s Festival celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year, an amazing milestone that has been achieved on the back of the tremendous efforts of President Thuat Nguyen OAM, the committee and the volunteers.

The Children’s Festival is an important permanent fixture of our community calendar.

Bankstown is a very diverse area. Many cultural traditions contribute to the vibrancy and personality of our community. This Children’s Festival embodies the strong sense of unity that exists in the community of Bankstown.

I am immensely proud of the many cultural and community organisations that embrace the occasion. Special mention to all the participating children and their families for their tremendous efforts.

The success of the festival would not be possible without the dedicated Children’s Festival Organising Committee and the hundreds of volunteers who work tirelessly to bring this colourful family event to Bankstown, I acknowledge and pay tribute the President Thuat Nguyen OAM and the unwavering efforts of the committee and the volunteers.

I lend my support, as always, to this wonderful festival and I look forward to joining the celebration.




Khal AsfourClr Khal Asfour
Mayor of Canterbury Bankstown

I am honoured Canterbury Bankstown has been chosen, once again, as the venue for the annual Children’s Festival in Paul Keating Park. In fact, today’s celebration is the 20th occasion this event has been staged in our great City.

This year’s theme, Play Together and Live in Harmony, encourages each one of us, especially our children, to come together in a multi-cultural environment, have fun, join in creative activities and share our experiences.

I congratulate the Children’s Festival Organisation (CFO), President Thuat V Nguyen OAM, volunteers, supporters and sponsors, for their outstanding efforts and dedication to helping establish harmony in our community, and the ongoing success of this special event.

The incredible diversity of age, culture and religion of those who attend, is a true example of the unity we enjoy in Canterbury-Bankstown. This is something we should all be proud of, and work together to protect and promote.

I wish everybody a most enjoyable day with their family, friends and loved ones, and welcome the visitors to our City. I trust you enjoy your stay and visit again soon.



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