Fijian families celebrate cultural connectedness at uni

Known for its rugged landscapes, palm-lined beaches and clear lagoons – there’s much to celebrate about Fiji – most importantly – its rich culture and beautiful people.

Mackay residents have the chance to participate in an official Fiji Day Celebration on Saturday, October 14 2017, at CQUni Mackay’s City Campus, Sydney Street, from 5pm.

Coordinated by the Fiji Association of Mackay Region Inc, the event is tipped to attract a diverse crowd from across the State.

There will be live music, dancing, singing, and authentic Fijian food – some of which will be prepared with the aid of CQUni Mackay’s Commercial Cookery Teacher Glenn Davis.

Fiji Association of Mackay Region Inc’s President Tomasi William said members were excited for the opportunity to share their culture with the wider community.

“Cultural events strengthen our community through the sharing of knowledge and practices, and they encourage pride and understanding of diversity,” he said.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Engagement, Campuses and Mackay-Whitsunday Region Professor Pierre Viljoen said CQUni was always keen to support local events with a community focus.

“As Australia’s most inclusive university, CQUni is always looking for ways to foster closer ties with different groups in the region and to celebrate diversity,” he said.

The Fiji Day event received support from Mackay Regional Council via a $3000 Community Grant and is being delivered in partnership with the Fiji Greenhouse Exhibition and Residency Project.

Mayor Greg Williamson said Council was happy to support Fiji Day as it added to the vibrancy and culture of the region.

Fiji Greenhouse is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, Rio Tinto’s Hail Creek Mine Community Development Fund and the Regional Arts Development Fund – a partnership between the Queensland Government and Mackay Regional Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.

Fiji Day tickets are limited: $15 (16 years and over) and $30 for a family pass (two adults with children under 16).

For more details and tickets, email or call 0412 092 604 / 0467 348 138.

Key dates

7 October 2017 > Fiji Greenhouse Exhibition and Residency Project Launch Event 3 pm – 6 pm @ CQUni Mackay’s City Campus Art Studio (G.31).

8-21 October 2017 > Fiji Greenhouse Exhibition and Residency Project @ CQUni Mackay’s City Campus Art Studio (G.31).

An exhibition by artists from the Mackay region using traditional Fijian materials.

An artist in residence program featuring guests from Fiji: artist Mariana Tuinavunawa and Craft Development Officer for Fiji Arts Council Niqa Tuvuki. Participants are invited to learn about the Fijian culture through sharing stories and skills, and undertaking activities using traditional Fijian materials (more info at

14 October 2017 > Fiji Day Celebrations @ CQUni Mackay’s City Campus basketball court – 5 pm onwards. Enjoy traditional Fijian food, music, singing and dancing.

21 October 2017 > Fiji Greenhouse @ Queens Park (Global Grooves) – 3 pm – 9 pm.

26 October 2017 > Fiji Greenhouse Community Showcase @ CQUni Mackay’s City Campus Art Studio (G.31) – 6pm – 8 pm. Showcasing our local community and the outcomes generated during the residency program.

Source: CQU

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