Parties pop up across Hobart City

THE City of Hobart has showcased how Hobart’s diverse community celebrates the festive season with new Pop-Up Party initiative.

On 19 November, 11 Pop-Up Parties were held across the CBD, with a lively program of music, dance, crafts, food and games exploring some of the many ways the festive season is celebrated by different cultures, religions and countries around the world.

Some of the festivities included a traditional Pakistani wedding in the Elizabeth Street Mall, Colombian celebrations in the Midtown Apartments Plaza, and a Peruvian party with traditional hot chocolate, biscuits, nativity scenes and alpacas in Collins Court.

Pakistani community representative Aimen Jafri said initiatives like this give communities a sense of belongingness.

“It encourages more migrants and more communities to get out and about in Hobart,” she said.

“People who attended our Pop-Up Party got to experience a dance performance, get photos with the bride and groom, eat traditional Pakistani food, receive henna and participate in a dance workshop.”

Acting Hobart Lord Mayor Helen Burnet said the Pop-Up Parties brought the city alive with colour, movement, taste and smells.

“The City of Hobart believes the festive season is for everyone, and this is a great way to celebrate diversity while enlivening the capital,” Cr Burnet said.

“It was so fantastic to see so many people from the community coming into the city to celebrate and explore the community groups and artists representing different customs.”

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