Mount Isa is set to bring all the senses alive when the Multicultural Festival returns this Friday.
Held on Stanley St outside the Catholic Church it highlights the variety of great culture, music and food from across the world that is available in Mount Isa.
Father Mick Lowcock said this was the 24th Multicultural festival and this year's theme is South Asia celebrating the people and culture of India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Bhutan and Myanmar (Burma).
"We are still growing strong," Father Mick said.
Multicultural festival entertainment coordinator Khovy Inthavong said local groups would be involved so there was plenty of music, singing and dancing, and a choir.
"There will be two Nepalese dancers from Brisbane that we've booked which will be exciting," he said.
There will be plenty of South Asian cuisine to sample, as well as other food from across the world.
There will be a children's fashion parade and there will be a cultural display inside the church on the night.
There will be a bar, cafe, raffles, cent sales, kids games and more with a cash draw at the end of the night for anyone who has purchased anything at the festival.
The fun starts at 6pm with an official opening at 7pm.
Queensland Minister for Multicultural Affairs Leanne Linnard was due to attend but had to cancel after Qantas stopped its Saturday flight and a message from the minister will be read out instead.
Ahead of the festival, Father Mick officiated at a Multicultural Mass for migrant and refugee Sunday
"People from many lands attended in their national dress with members of their families gathered around the Altar of the Good Shepherd Catholic Church in preparation for the festival," Father Mick said.
"Migrants from many of South Asia dressed in their traditional dress under the Queensland Flag.
"These are a sample of migrants who still have a great pride and respect for their homeland, but now call Mount Isa home.
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