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Reader's comment PETER and SUSAN DREW.
Kelso WE write to you in the hope you may print this letter of protest. Our protest is the gradual deterioration in the Cultural Fest’s tradition of cultural showcasing and sincere promotion of unity among all people, due solely to the lack of appropriate financial assistance.
We have been very strong supporters and volunteers of the festival for nearly 10 years and have seen ﬁrst-hand the gradual decline. Regardless of this reduction in financial and in-kind support, the organiser Dr Farvardin Daliri stubbornly refuses to reduce the aspects which would directly affect the cultural groups. What it does do is put more pressure on Dr Daliri and his volunteers to do more physically. So much of their time is wasted on doing everything on the tightest of budgets or eventually just abandoning some aspects of the festival such as the school excursions, the ﬂy-in cultural training specialists and the mardi gras.
Costs sky-rocket yet the allocation of funding bomb-dives, but worse still, the organisers have to go to numerous possible sponsors with hat in hand.
Why does the total funding not come ﬁfom one government department‘? Why do the organisers have to fight for every cent, beg for every skerrick of in-kind support? Why is Dr Daliri’s considerable expertise and experience in immigration and cultural diversity wasted, on such time-consuming, demoralising processes?
Worse still this year, why does Dr Daliri have to sell his own paintings to raise funds for this yeafs festival? The Cultural Fest is one very positive, very practical, very visual, promotion of unity and harmony among the many races and cultures in Australia.
Thank heaven for Farvardin’s passion for the success of the festival in every respect and zealous disregard of government support in the past.
Please print this letter, Mr Editor, in an effort to shame governments to fully support this fantastic festival of cultures and unity among all Australians! In the meantime, please support Dr Daliri’s generosity and hard work and attend his exhibition of original oils at 6:30pm Thursday, May 17 at Stockland’s centre stage.
OILS ain’t oils, unless they’re bought for a good cause. Townsville Cultural Festival organiser Dr Farvadin Daliri has decided to sell his treasured collection of self-painted oil paintings of the Ross River, to help raise money for the cash-starved event.
The annual festival, which has been bringing the North's multi-cultural community together in celebration for 18 years, has experienced a funding shortfall of about $50,000. While the August event is in no danger of disappearing from Townsvil1e’s social calendar, Dr Daliri said there was a possibility it could be scaled down. “If this fundraising doesn’t work, we could be in trouble,” he said.
He said he had been painting since he was a boy, and when he moved to Townsville in 1989, instantly fell in love with the city’s central waterway.
About 20 of his river line masterpieces will be put on display, each for sale. Dr Daliri, also the long-serving director of the Townsville Intercultural Centre, founded the event in 1995.
Cultural Fest, is the largest community-based event of its type in Australia, involving more than 400 North Queensland community organisations.
The exhibition, Graceful Ross River, will be on display at Stockland on Ross River Rd from May 17-29.
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