Play Together and Live in Harmony


Children's Festival 2020 stopped by COVID-19

The annual Children’s Festival in Bankstown, now its 22nd year, which was set down for Sunday November 1st has been cancelled.

Founding President of the Children’s Festival Organisation Inc, Mr Thuat Nguyen OAM, announced the decision today.

“The worsening situation with the pandemic and the Public Health Restrictions on Gathering and Movement leave us with no alternative but to cancel this year’s Canterbury-Bankstown Children’s Festival and look forward to a festival in the City of Sydney at Tumbalong Park in late March 2021, on the occasion of Harmony Day.

“Our decision is also in line with a decision of Canterbury-Bankstown Council to put all community festivals on hold due to the Covid-19 crisis.

“Naturally, it was a very difficult and painful decision to make, knowing how much the children look forward to this event and the amount of effort they put in to prepare for their performances.

“We have already had to cancel a festival planned for First Fleet Park, Sydney, in April and the Macarthur Multicultural Children's Festival planned for this month”, he said.

The Canterbury-Bankstown Children’s Festival attracts thousands of people and features singing, dancing, music and martial arts presented by around 30 groups from children’s performing groups, school communities and youth groups from different cultural backgrounds including Aboriginal Australians.

It also reflects the multicultural society, as most of the children wear their traditional costumes while performing and marching in the grand parade.

“This is all about our children, the leaders of tomorrow, demonstrating their appreciation and respect for the diversity of our multicultural society.

“This festival sends a vibrant message to the adult population of Australia that whilst we all have different cultural backgrounds, we all are part of one nation where racism and discrimination have no place”, Mr Nguyen said.

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15 August 2020

message from the president OF children'S festival organisation

Dear Children’s Festival Friends and Supporters,

I would like to assure you that the Children’s Festival is alive and well and planning for the time after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Firstly, since April, our Management Committee has held monthly productive and enjoyable video conference meetings. We are working on the preparation of our end of year financial reports. Our Annual General Meeting is scheduled for Sunday 6th December 2020. I hope that life will return to some sort of normality by that time.

Since late May, our website has been operating from a new address with a new and attractive look. Please visit us at and provide your comments to improve the new site.

We are still hoping to stage the 22nd Children’s Festival in Bankstown on Sunday 1st November 2020. Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC, Governor of New South Wales and Hon David Coleman MP, Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs have both committed themselves to be present on the day.

Meanwhile, looking ahead, our Children’s Festival in Sydney is planned to be held at Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour, Sydney in late March 2021, which is the month in which Harmony Day is celebrated across Australia. This is still a long way off and much of the detail is still to be finalised. I will keep you informed as we work towards that event.

Last, but not least, I am happy to inform you that the preparation for a publication telling the story of the Children’s Festival over the past two decades is well underway. Many volunteers and supporters have been eagerly contributing to this worthwhile project. We plan to launch the book at our Annual General Meeting on 6th December. So please save the date and do not miss this special event.

That is all I can report to you at for this time. Please maintain your interest and support and I will write to you again in the near future.

Meantime, I ask that you take whatever means necessary to keep yourselves and your family safe and healthy in the coming weeks as the current wave of COVID-19 works its way through our society.

With best regards

On behalf of Children’s Festival Organisation Inc

Thuat V. Nguyen OAM




The Children’s Festival is a significant multicultural event in Australia.

The Children’s Festival is a significant multicultural event in Australia.

It is unique in its celebration of cultural diversity with a spectacular day-long program of entertainment presented by over 30 groups from different cultural backgrounds. Thousands of children and their families participate in the day’s activities.

Under the motto “Play Together and Live in Harmony”, the Children’s Festival is a day for everyone but especially for children to get together in a multicultural environment to have fun, join in creative activities and share those new experiences with each other.

The year 2020, marks the 22nd Anniversary of our organisation and we are anxiously looking forward to even greater success at this year’s events. Following our successful Children’s Festival in the City of Canterbury-Bankstown on Sunday 15th of September, 2019, our 36th Children’s Festival will be held on Sunday 5th of April, 2020 in First Fleet Park, The Rocks, Sydney and our 37th Children’s Festival will be held on Sunday 23rd of August, 2020 in Koshigaya Park, Campbelltown.

We would like to invite your school/group to participate in this spectacular event, in particular to join in the Children’s Parade in First Fleet Park, Sydney at 1.30 pm and/or to perform on stage.

For further details, please refer to “Expression of Interest – Performances and Parade”.

If you are interested in running a stall, please refer to the “Expression of Interest - Stalls”.

There are the poster design and writing competitions for children 13 years old and under. The theme for the poster design and writing competitions are “Our environment belongs to everyone”.

Please refer to the competition announcements shown on the website for more details.

Your participation in the Children’s Festival will give you and the children an enjoyable and memorable experience.

Get ready for a day of joyous celebration!

Please come and be entertained with great music and dancing, beautiful traditional costume display, lively and exciting outdoor games and activities and the Children’s Parade. Not to forget the myriad workshop activities such as kite making and flying, lion dance and much more…..

To our sponsors and supporters, thank you for your continued support for the Children’s Festival and to the families who come on the day –you will certainly enjoy it!

See you there!

Children’s Festival Team

messages from supporters for the CITY OF SYDNEY'S CHILDREN FESTIVAL 2020

Message from the Lord Mayor

Message from the Lord Mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore

On behalf of the City of Sydney, I send my congratulations and best wishes to the organisers and participants of the Children’s Festival 2020.

The Children’s Festival is a wonderful example of a community-based event that celebrates cultural diversity. Sydney owes much of its identity and resilience to the cultural diversity of its communities, and I commend festival organisers for bringing together families from diverse cultural backgrounds in such a great setting.



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Expression of Interest – Performances and Parade

Please click here to download the form for Performances and Parade

Expression of Interest - Stalls

Please click here to download the form for a stall in the Festival



up coming events


Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour

Circa late March 2021


Sunday, 23 August 2021

Koshigaya Park, Campbelltown


Sunday 12 September 2021

Paul Keating Park, Bankstown


2015 Sydney City Children's Festival

2014 Bankstown Children's Festival

2014 Sydney City Children's Festival

2013 Bankstown Children's Festival



We would like to thank our sponsors this year for their continual generous support for the Children’s Festival. Without your financial or in-kind donations, the Children’s Festival would not be able to continue and flourish like it has for so many years. We hope that with your tremendous support it will continue to flourish for many more years to come


Read messages from our wonderful supporters. Without their support, we would not have been able to produce these fantastic family events for all to enjoy over the past 16 years. The Children’s Festival thanks all of our believers and supporters. We hope that one day we can bring The Children’s Festival to many more different locations around the country.