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Rockhampton to Host Africa Day Festival

By David Bell

Owners of real estate in Rockhampton are among those expected to turn out for the Africa Day Festival, which will be held in the city this weekend (May 25).

This is the first time that the festival is being held, as it celebrates the founding of the Organisation of African Unity in 1963, which is now more commonly known as the African Union.

Africa Day is observed across the world on this date and this year, Rockhampton will be doing its bit to mark the occasion.

Glen Elmes, minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and multicultural affairs, explained that around 58,800 Queenslanders are of African descent – including 900 residents of Rockhampton.

"The Africa Day Festival is a significant event for Central Queensland's African communities, not only for recognising their past, but for sharing their culture and traditions with the wider community," he commented.

Visitors to the event are promised an afternoon of culturally-rice activities when they head to Bauhinia House on the corner of Berserker and High Streets.

There will be poetry, dance and theatre – and of course the chance to sample some of the food that Africa has become known for.

Admission is charged at $20 for adults and $10 for children over the age of 12.

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