A record crowd of over 35,000 people gathered at Mills Park across two nights last weekend to celebrate diversity in the community at the Fusion Food and Culture Festival.

The crowds enjoyed live performances on two stages, roving entertainment, carnival rides and sideshow attractions, youth and children’s activities, over 50 food trucks serving delicious food from around the globe and much more, all culminating in a fireworks display each night.

City of Gosnells Mayor Terresa Lynes said the event attracted local residents and crowds from across the metropolitan area.

“The Fusion Food and Culture Festival showcases the diversity and vibrancy of the City’s multicultural community, as well as the fantastic facilities we have here at Mills Park,” she said.

“The enthusiasm shown by this year’s festivalgoers is a clear indication of just how much the community embraces everything about Fusion Food and Culture Festival – it is such a wonderful event to be part of.”

Performers at Fusion this year included Indigenous, Cossack, Indonesian, Bollywood, Islamic and Kazakh dancers, Chilean percussionists, Japanese drummers, rockabilly and rock bands, plus Latin world music, sea shanties, Afro-Brazilian beats, acrobatics, belly dancing, a Chinese dragon and more.

Local multicultural community groups shared music, art, cultural displays, traditional dance and costumes at the Global Village and the String Symphony interactive art installation allowed festivalgoers to bring to life a giant puppet from Spare Parts Puppet Theatre.

Inside the Mills Park Centre, tours of the new Mills Park Library were on offer and a new Sensory Safe Space was provided for adults and children to take time out if the noise and bustle of the festival became overwhelming.

Fusion was sponsored by Lotterywest, with Maddington Central shopping centre providing support for the shuttle bus service. The String Symphony art installation was sponsored by Centuria Capital Group.

For information about more great City of Gosnells events coming soon, visit gosnells.wa.gov.au.