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Let’s Make This Year Pako Festa More Colourful Than Last Year

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 10, 2014


We Nepalese are going to participate in Pako Festa – the Biggest of its kind in Australia – second time and that will be in Geelong on 22nd of February to promote Nepal as the country of the Mt. Everest and the Buddha. Nepal is one of the richest countries from cultural diversity view point. So come with your ethnical dress, if any and if you want, to make our participation more colourful and to show unity in diversity. Come with flag, musical instruments if you have any and show your talent.

Street stalls  9am-6pm Pakington Street, Geelong West.
Pako Festa Parade 11 am – 12 noon.

So arrive before 11 so that you will not have parking problem. More than 1 lakh people will be there and participation from more than 34 countries. They will allocate us particular place and definite time and the time will be before 11 am so that we can prepare before to start parade. I will let you know immediately after receiving the allocation information. Our parade order will be like this: 


Ø  Enough gap to dance for LAKHE

Ø  Second line Banner. Miss Nepal Australia 2012 Deepashree Shaha with Kumari dress,  Buddha (somebody will become Buddha), Consulate General, NAV President, NRN Victoria Coordinator and couple of more will hold Lumbini-Kapilvastu Day Movement banner

Ø  Other participants

After parade short speech by

Ø  Consulate General HE Chandra Yonjan

Ø  NAV President Bom Yonjan and

Ø  NRN Victoria Coordinator Rishi Kandel.

Nepalese dance (Manjushree dance) will be at 3:30 pm on West Park Stage

According to doctor’s suggestion Deepashree Shah is not allowed to dance due to some reasons. Because of very short notice Pratibha Mishra will not be able to manage her time. Actually we need to show Manjushree dance. If anybody will be able to perform Manjushree dance it would be GREAT HELP to our community. If not possible Manjushree, Kumari or whatever will be ok. If somebody able to do that pls let me know ASAP in 0415040009. Otherwise I need to request to cancel our national representation on West Park Stage. Nepalese dance (Manjushree dance) will be at 3:30 pm on West Park Stage.

Last year media coverage links of our first time participation, if you want to go through:

Nepal was promoted in Pako Festa, Australia

अस्ट्रेलियाको जिलोङमा नेपाललाई बुद्ध र सगरमाथाको देशको रुपमा चिनाइयो

MNTV Highlights Pako Festa Nepalese Participation

Lots of TV popular faces will be there. If you have hubby to have photograph with that kind of people, you can grab that opportunity after parade.

Circulate this mail among your circle to give them opportunity to be part of this GREAT FESTIVAL.

How to be there:

Parking: Parking around Pakington Street fills up fast! Please leave driveways free, no parking in ‘no standing zones’ and no parking behind or in front of barriers. Fines will apply. Accessible parking is available at the rear of the Geelong West Town Hall in the Albert Street Carpark.

Vline: Coming by train to Geelong? The Geelong Railway Station is an easy 5 minute walk from Pakington Street where the Festa is held. For timetable information contact Vline on 136 196.

Buses: Pakington Street itself is closed to transport during the Festa. For the timetable and changes to services contact Mcharry’s Buslines on Ph 03 5223 or Benders Busways Ph 03 5240

Taxi’s: Drop off and Pick up points are located in Albert St, Hope St, Waterloo St and Gordon Ave.


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