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Choir unites cultures for Fusion Festival

Published on Wednesday 4 October, 2017

Fusion Festival Salad Bowl Choir

A multicultural choir that unites the voices of people from 10 countries will perform as part of the City of Gosnells Fusion Food and Culture Festival on Friday 10 November.

The Salad Bowl Choir was formed last year when a group of people who attend regular activities at the William Langford Community House in Langford were invited to share the ways they expressed their diversity.

The women and men from Singapore, Malaysia, India, Sri Lanka, China, Taiwan, Myanmar, the Philippines, Japan and Australia represent a range of ethnic backgrounds and sing in Indonesian, Japanese, Malay, Mandarin and Tamil, as well as English. Some choir members also play traditional instruments or perform dances representing their cultural background.

William Langford Community House manager Maria Cavill said choir members were busy rehearsing a program of songs for the Fusion Festival performance.

“The choir is a celebration of the cultural diversity that exists in the City of Gosnells and reflects the way that our neighbourhood centre works to unite people within the community,” Ms Cavill said.

“We all enjoy every opportunity to get together and sing, and William Langford House has become like a second home for many of us.

“Our choir sessions each week are a great way for people, who might feel isolated or lonely, to spend time with other people and make new friends.”

The choir recently performed to more than 300 delegates at the Linkwest Conference, in Perth, and has been invited to perform in metropolitan Perth and regional WA.

The City’s Fusion Festival, presented by Act Belong Commit, will take place on Friday 10 November from 4pm to 9pm, at Mills Park in Beckenham.

The bold and colourful combination of global arts and crafts, entertainment, local talent, cultural activities, tasty foods and more promises to be an exciting event for the whole community.

For more information, call 9397 3000 or visit www.gosnells.wa.gov.au/fusionfestival.