Geraldton was treated to dance, music and food from around the world on Saturday at the Midwest Multicultural Association’s Festival of Lights. Performers from the Philippines, Fiji, China, Thailand, India, Indonesia and Africa took to the stage in colourful costumes to deliver their vibrant performances. Dancers from Midwest African Association, Pesona Indonesia and Natya School of Indian Classical and Bollywood Dance came together and brought participants from the crowd to dance to the song Jerusalema, and the show finished with a performance from Fijian singer Joseva “Junior” Lesivakadua. “To the board of the Midwest Multicultural Association Committee, thank you so much, I’m still speechless,” he said. “Ni sa Moce (goodbye and see you soon).” Taking on feedback from last year, this year’s event featured educational workshops to teach festival goers about making lanterns, origami, sand painting and even recycling CDs. Around 4000 people attended the event, a massive success according to Midwest Multicultural Association president Tom Mwangi. “It was wonderful to see so many people come along to enjoy the cultural festival,” he said. “The support we get from the people of Geraldton is amazing, that’s why we always feel proud to host festivals like this.” This is the ninth year the Festival of Lights has been held, and the future of the event looks bright, MWMA board member Hari Kumar said. “It’s amazing to see such a crowd come every year.” “The amount of people that come to volunteer to dance from different cultures . . . that’s amazing for Geraldton.” The festivities continue this week with the Multicultural Concert on Saturday November 12.