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Embracing Diversity: The Success Story of Wyndham Holi 2024 – Festival of Colours

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In the midst of Melbourne’s dynamic cultural scene, thousands of individuals came together to commemorate an event that embodied diversity and community spirit – the Wyndham Holi 2024 Festival of Colors. Marking its 10th anniversary, this year’s celebration was a testament to the enduring success of an event that has become a fixture in Wyndham City’s calendar, drawing crowds from across the city.

Taking the place at the sprawling outdoor venue of Presidents Park Reserve in Wyndham Vale on Saturday, March 23, 2024, from 1 pm to 9 pm, the festival attracted over 10,000 local residents. Led by its founder, Mr. Vinayak Kolape, the Wyndham Holi Festival exemplified the power of cultural celebration, uniting people from diverse backgrounds alongside Kolape’s family and the vibrant community.

Crowd at Wyndham Holi

As Melbourne embraces its multicultural fabric, the festival served as a shining example of unity amidst diversity, with attendees immersing themselves in the joyous festivities. From the pulsating rhythms of Bollywood music to the vibrant bursts of color, the atmosphere was alive with the spirit of camaraderie.

Reflecting on a decade of success, Vinayak Kolape underscored the festival’s role in fostering community bonds, drawing parallels with the significance of Holi in India. “Holi holds immense significance across India, uniting people of diverse backgrounds,” he remarked. “Here in Wyndham, we’ve brought that same spirit to Melbourne, reigniting the sense of joy and camaraderie.

The event was graced by several dignitaries, including Ms. Ingrid Stitt MP – Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Trung Luu MP – Shadow Parliament Secretary for Multicultural Affairs, Mathe Hilkari MP, Dylan Wight MP, and numerous Wyndham city councillors including Cr Jasmine Hill, Cr Peter Maynard, Cr Heather Marcus, Cr Josh Gilligan, Cr Robert Szatkowski.

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Notably, the festival offered free entry to the public and provided essential facilities such as free water fountains, first aid, security, and ATM services. Victoria Police maintained a visible presence throughout the day, ensuring the safety and security of attendees.

Attendees were treated to a sensory feast, with vibrant colour play, delectable ethnic Indian cuisine stalls, and engaging activities for all ages. The festival’s eclectic cultural program, featuring over 50 local artists showcasing traditional music and dance performances, promised an unforgettable experience. Free kids’ activities, including an egg hunt with the Easter Bunny and colour play with iconic cartoon characters like Mickey Mouse and Spiderman, added to the festivities.

A Radha Krishna temple offered attendees a space for prayer, while a 360-degree photo booth provided a popular attraction for capturing memories. Over 20 amusement rides and game stalls kept attendees entertained throughout the day.

The highlight of the evening was a spectacular fireworks display, inviting attendees to linger and bask in the enchanting atmosphere. As Melbourne embraces its multicultural identity, the Wyndham Holi Festival served as a unifying force, bringing local communities together in a vibrant celebration of diversity.

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