The Neighbourhood Centre is set to team with Abercrombie House next Sunday to host an event honouring Bathurst's diverse multicultural community.
On Sunday, May 16, the Friendship Festival will bring members of the community together at Abercrombie House for a showcase of food, dance, music, and artisan stalls reflecting Bathurst's cultural diversity.
The Neighbourhood Centre service manager Therese Short said the event will be an opportunity to recognise Bathurst's multicultural past and present.
"It's an opportunity for different cultural groups in Bathurst to share and strengthen their traditions with the wider community," Ms Short said.
"Abercrombie House has its own unique cultural heritage, as well as the proper COVID requirements, so we feel it will serve as the perfect setting for this event."
Owner Christopher Morgan said the event will pair well with Abercrombie House's rich cultural tapestry.
"Many cultures contributed to Abercrombie House's construction: the builder was Welsh, the original proprietors were Scottish, the architect was English and the architecture was Scottish Baronial and Flemish."
"We sometimes think of cultural diversity as being about small, specific migrant groups, but Bathurst's post-colonial history is all related to migration."
"Bathurst has had seven major waves of migrants, in addition to the Wiradyuri people who were here first."
Mr Morgan, who is also a historian, is currently working on a book documenting Bathurst's migrant history.
The event will run from 10am to 2pm, with free shuttle buses running from the Neighbourhood Centre.
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