Testimonial of the Australian's Christmas in China

Australian Christmas in China 2013

PAN International is pleased to be producing an “Australian Christmas in China 2013” in the city of Jinan, our fourth event being produced in East China, by creative director, Peter Mousaferiadis.

Invited by the Grand Mercure hotel chain, PAN will present a variety program comprising of some of Australia’s leading acts to celebrate their “Australia Month”, a celebration of all things Australian.  The event will warm up with Australian food and wine producers before culminating in an Australian extravaganza at Jinan’s Grand Mercure Ball Room in the 3rd week of December. The Australian artist line-up includes internationally acclaimed Sergei Golovko, who can only be described as a pyro-technician of a performer on the xylophone, and leading Australian all male acapella vocal group Suade.

Creative director and CEO had this to say about the upcoming gig “I am thrilled to see that PAN International continues to expand its delivery of creative services throughout East and South East Asia. This points to the growing interest in Asia to experience the full gamut of Australian Culture. There is a need for more Australians to work in this area and most importantly for us to draw upon our greatest and most underutilised brand: our Cultural Diversity.”

Other international events will see Peter producing the United Religious South East Pacific Conference interfaith showcase in the Philippines in November 2013. Participants will be from countries including Australia, Cambodia, the Philippines, Malaysia and New Zealand. 2014 will mark Peter’s fourth appearance at the United Religious Initiative South East Asia Pacific Conference. In 2012, Peter was also appointed a Global Regional Leader for United Religious Initiative.

Multicultural Festival for bestchance Child Family Care

Multicultural Festival for bestchance Child Family Care

bestchance Child Family Care held its annual festival on Sunday, 13th October, produced and staffed by PAN personnel and a dedicated band of volunteers. Despite on ominous weather forecast, the festival delighted audiences with an array of stunning multicultural performances from the very youngest of the Children’s Services’ kinder classes to the Chinese Senior Citizens of Kingston and everyone in between.

bestchance Child Family Care, located in Glen Waverley, is an independent, not-for-profit, community organisation providing educational and welfare services.

The festival brought families and friends together to celebrate multicultural diversity. The morning’s program was reserved for official speeches by bestchance’s CEO Kevin Feeney, MP Neil Angus and the Mayor of Monash Micaela Drieberg; in addition to an unveiling of the plaque recognising the founders of the Burwood Boys Home and its development into the world class facility it is today.

Discovering some sunshine, a host of artists beckoned the crowd outside and the stage welcomed local cultural acts such as:

Jindi Worabak Aboriginal dancers

Red Chamber Chinese Opera

Kingston Chinese Senior Citizens Club for traditional Han dances and Chinese flute

Mai Nachungi Dance Company for Bollywood dancing

bestchance children performing songs and dances

Tanishka, Academy of Indian Classical Dance for Bharatanatyam

bestchance staff multicultural fashion show

African drumming with Tawanda Gadzikwa

Chinese Lion Dance from the Chinese Youth Society of Melbourne

Monash Salvation Army Youth Band

Jalisco and Tequila for a Mexican dancing duo

Local singing sensation, Rachel Constanzo

La Cumbiamba with some fun, interactive Colombian dances

 

Meanwhile, kids were actively learning about different cultures playing all sort of circus games with The Dreaming Space. The youngest were making their own costumes under the craft tent and the teenagers were getting a traditional Indian henna tattoo.

 

To be sure to delight the most sophisticated taste buds, the day offered an extensive array of multicultural food stalls. Attendees were able to try Vietnamese food on-the-go, an Australian barbecue, Himalayan traditional rice dishes, African delicacies, Japanese crepes just to name a few.

In the typical fashion of the multicultural city, Melbourne offered the standard unpredictable weather, living up to the ‘four seasons in a day’ tag. Despite this unpredictable weather, the energy of the performers was enough to warm up the crowd and amaze the kids.

We’d like to thank Diana, Vicki, Kevin and all the bestchance staff for their support in helping us produce a fantastic festival. For photos of the day, see our Facebook page: here