The Geelong Gallery Foundation was established in 1984. The Foundation has been integral to raising funds for Geelong Gallery for decades, and has supported the acquisition of over 100 collection works since its establishment (including those acquired through the Geelong contemporary art prize between 1996 and 2002).
The second staging of Geelong’s well-known and beloved Pako Festa was held in 1984. The festival was first established by the Ethnic Communities Council Inc. in conjunction with the Geelong West Traders and Geelong West City Council.
The very first Pako Festa in 1983 attracted 12,000 participants and is said to have ended with a tug of war. The event now reaches crowds of 100,000 brought together to celebrate Geelong and Victoria’s diverse cultures.