Image: Pacific head eis for sale at the Pacific Unity Festival, Logan Civic Gardens, 31 August, 2013. Credit: Ursula Skjonnemand.

It was a day of tradition and celebration at the Pacific Unity Festival, held on the 31st of August 2013 in Logan Central.

A vast array of cultural activities, performances and food were welcoming sights. Promoted as a day of ‘celebration, traditional and contemporary performances, a commitment to cultural awareness, fast paced sports and magnificent food’, it certainly ticked all those boxes for us!

West Papuan artifacts on display at the Pacific Unity Festival, Logan Civic Gardens, 31 August, 2013. Credit: Ursula Skjonnemand.

West Papuan artifacts on display at the Pacific Unity Festival, Logan Civic Gardens, 31 August, 2013. Credit: Ursula Skjonnemand.

Displays came from all around the South Pacific region including Fiji, Tonga, The Cook Islands, West Papua, Samoa, and New Zealand.

The first thing that caught our eye was the eclectic mix of West Papuan artifacts from avid collector Fletcher. Items included shields, masks and a ghost costume that was particularly fascinating.

For lunch we had a great choice of national foods, including a New Zealand Hangi meal from The Hangi Chef stall.

A traditional New Zealand hangi stall at the Pacific Unity Festival, Logan Civic Gardens, 31 August 2013. Credit: Nelson Heck.

A traditional New Zealand hangi stall at the Pacific Unity Festival, Logan Civic Gardens, 31 August 2013. Credit: Nelson Heck.

Typically Hangi is cooked in the ground, but due to Health and Safety regulations, this had to be adapted to a less earthy style of cooking using similar techniques, but not in the ground. It was still delicious!

For dessert, we discovered the amazing Samoan Soul Food stall. For only $10 you could buy half a watermelon with the centre scooped out and filled with fruit salad and ice cream! Amazing!

Entertainment consisted of a multitude of bands

The Tongan Brass Band performs at Pacific Unity Day, Logan Civic Gardens, 31 August, 2013. Credit: Ursula Skjonnemand.

The Tongan Brass Band performs at Pacific Unity Day, Logan Civic Gardens, 31 August, 2013. Credit: Ursula Skjonnemand.

and dance groups, including The Tongan Brass Band.

It was a fabulous community event.

Teela holds a Cook Island fan (called a rito) at her stall at the Pacific Unity Festival, Logan Civic Gardens, 31 August, 2013. Credit: Ursula Skjonnemand.

Teela holds a Cook Island fan (called a rito) at her stall at the Pacific Unity Festival, Logan Civic Gardens, 31 August, 2013. Credit: Ursula Skjonnemand.

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