African culture celebrated

By Madeleine Caccianiga

The exciting tastes and sounds of Africa were on offer during the third annual Taste Of African Cultures celebration on Saturday.

St Paul’s African House was filled with cultural displays including drumming workshops, a range of traditional African foods and activities.

The event involved a number of African cultures including Burundian, Congolese, South Sudanese, Sudanese, Ethiopian and Ghanaian.

St Paul’s African House manager Rosalie Muston said the event was a joyful day of celebrating the Africans who lived in the community.

‘‘It was heart-warming to see Africans from different cultures, many of them former refugees, coming together with so much joy to appreciate each other’s traditions,’’ Ms Muston said.

Ms Muston said the event gathered more than 500 people in celebration of the traditional rhythms, sounds, colours, flavours and hospitality of a diverse range of African cultures.

‘‘My heartfelt thanks to the many people who pulled together to make it such a spectacular event, the planning team, the performers, the volunteers and those who lent items for the event,’’ she said.