Multicultural ideas for 2020 Tunarama

CULTURE: Tunarama Ambassador Damien Burner and Tunarama vice president Diana Mislov look forward to the festival's multicultural elements.
CULTURE: Tunarama Ambassador Damien Burner and Tunarama vice president Diana Mislov look forward to the festival's multicultural elements.

Port Lincoln Tunarama has its eye on international visitors for the 2020 Tunarama with multicultural elements planned for the benefit of those visitors.

The Tunarama Festival will take place from January 24 to 27 with the final day to incorporate the visit from the cruise ship Golden Princess, which will bring about 2600 passengers and 1100 crew to Port Lincoln.

Port Lincoln Tunarama vice president Diana Mislov said the committee decided to continue the festivities into the Monday for cruise ship visitors.

Mrs Mislov said as well as promoting local stallholders and produce there were plans to include multicultural elements at next year's festival, especially as it coincided with the Chinese New Year.

"We definitely want to engage with cruise ship visitors to promote Tunarama and our region's produce, artists and stallholders," she said.

"We want to engage with the international guests on board and give them a multicultural experience if we can."

Mrs Mislov said early ideas included workshops for making Chinese lanterns, which could be used for a moon lantern parade and the Port Lincoln Multicultural Council were also considering some input.

Tunarama asked the Port Lincoln City Council for a further $7000 to go toward Monday's events but the council voted this week not to contribute any funding on top of its existing contribution of $10,000 and $15,000 in-kind support.

Deputy mayor Faye Davis said the decision was no reflection on Tunarama but the council did not have the money to spare.

Mrs Mislov said it was disappointing but the organisation understood the decision and was grateful for the council's contributions to date.

Tunarama is also looking for local sponsorship and volunteers for the festival and anyone interested is encouraged to contact the office on 8682 1300 or visit the Tunarama Facebook page.

Port Lincoln Tunarama Inc is looking forward to the sashing of its 2020 Tunarama Ambassador Quest entrants, which will take place at the Line and Label Restaurant on August 4 at 3pm.