What's on at Coast's multicultural party of the year
A LATIN stage set up spontaneously at the Ocean Street World Festival is now one of its most popular features.
Latin Quarter stage manager and organiser Helios Kaufman said his last-minute addition to last year's event was so successful organisers decided to give it a bigger space, a bigger tent and program.
It's now one of four stages at the continually growing festival that will showcase more than 100 acts next weekend, on Easter Sunday.
Aside from being hugely popular and free, the festival was the Coast's most important multicultural event, Mr Kaufman agreed.
"I think the world festival on Ocean Street is a really great multicultural festival," he said.
An Austrian by birth, Mr Kaufman said his passion for Latin dancing began after he discovered it at Woodford Folk Festival.
He visited South America several times, discovering music and dance as he went.
"As more and more people live on the Sunshine Coast and more and more people come here from parts of the world it's very important that we have different festivals like that, where we celebrate different cultures," he said.
Going to a festival could also be a tipping point where a person dispels any myths they might have heard about other cultures.
A personal highlight of the festival program announced yesterday would be Bolivia Marka, Mr Kaufman said.
Bolivia Marka's small Brisbane-based group of Bolivians and Peruvians celebrate their cultural roots through dance.
"The costumes are great, they're unbelievable," he said.
"They are elaborate - very colourful."
Bollywood workshops, African, Latin and Thai dance, drumming workshops, and interactive kids' activities are all part of the mix.
Maroochydore Revitalisation Association executive manager Bronwyn Buksh said this year's festival provided a cultural feast for all ages.
"Ocean St and Duporth Ave will be lined with a diverse range of food stalls, roaming entertainers, workshop spaces and four stages providing entertainment throughout the day," she said.
"With artists from Japan to Bolivia, Budapest to Jamaica, Kenya to New Zealand, next month's event is shaping up to be the best festival yet."
Ocean Street World Festival
WHEN: Easter Sunday, April 16
WHERE: Ocean St and Duporth Ave, Maroochydore