The annual Marrickville Festival is not exactly a spontaneous event. The council, keen to promote goodwill, harmony and understanding, funds and organises it. But we’re always willing to join in when it happens.
About 79,000 of us live in the Marrickville local government area. That’s enough to make us a good-sized town.
We live in one of the more mixed districts of Sydney, with about one in three of us born overseas and roughly the same number speaking a language other than English at home. We get on with each other very well, considering our diversity. No one ethnic group predominates, though the largest language groups of non-native English speakers are Greek, Chinese, Vietnamese, German, Portuguese and Arabic.
On average we’re a little better educated than the rest of Sydney – nearly two thirds of us have some sort of tertiary qualification. Our incomes are marginally higher than the city average.
Politically we lean a little to the left. Labour and Green parties traditionally do well here.
It is sometimes said about multiculturalism that although most Australians work with colleagues from different ethnic backgrounds and live with them as neighbours, they tend not to socialise with them. This changes a bit when the festival is on, though most of us come to the festival not to meet our neighbours, but to eat an interesting cheap lunch.