Princess takes leading role during 20th anniversary festival in Australia

A Tongan stall  organised by Her Royal Highness Princess Angelika Lātūfuipeka Tuku’aho  was among more than 400 booths set up  at a multicultural festival in Australia last week.

The three-day event which ran from February 12 – 14 marked the 20th anniversary of the National Multicultural Festival  in which it featured “key events and performances it’s renowned for, including, the Food and Dance Spectacular, Greek Glendi, Carnival in the City, Chinese New Year and Pacific Island Showcase”.

Photos seen by Kaniva News apparently showed  Tongan art and crafts as well as mats, books, sculptures and paintings were being exhibited in the booth.

Some also featured the princess viewing the exhibition and holding up some of the items while posing for photos.

A Tongan delegation from the kingdom including True Tonga travelled to Australia to participate in the festival.

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Princess Angelika Latufuipeka with Tongan handicrafts for the festival. Photo/Leonaitasi Kuluni (Facebook)

Tongan groups and performers from Tongan community in Canberra also took part in the historical event.

“the National Multicultural Festival provides the ideal platform to promoting Tonga and its peoples, promoting Tongan handicrafts and arts work, and is an excellent opportunity to advertise the Kingdom as a tourist destination to Australia and the world”, a statement said.

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Tongans at the National Muticultural Festival. Photo/Leonaitasi Kuluni (Facebook)

The festival hosted about 4500 volunteers, 2500 performers and more than 800 groups from various ethnicities and races  in Australia

During the 2015 festival it was thought more than 270,000 people visited and attended the event.

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Princess Angelika Latufuipeka and Tongans who partipated in the festival. Photo/Leonaitasi Kuluni (Facebook).

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