- Friday 04 March 2016
Living stories, short films, multicultural food, dance and song are just some of the community activities planned to celebrate cultural diversity at Harmony Day events on Sunday, March 20 and Monday, March 21.
CEO Michael Whittaker said Harmony Day was a time to reflect on the rich cultural heritage of Australia, while also recognising the traditional owners of the land.
“By participating in Harmony Day, people can learn and build on their knowledge and understanding of the many cultures that make our region great,” Mr Whittaker said.
“The Sunshine Coast has a culturally diverse community with one in every five people living on the Coast born overseas, representing over 156 countries.
“Council’s 2015 Sunshine Coast Social Strategy provides a long-term social direction for the region which includes a commitment to recognising the value and mix of people from culturally diverse backgrounds.
“I encourage residents and visitors to celebrate Harmony Day at two free community events proudly supported by council’s Grants Program.
“Enjoy a Welcome to Country ceremony, multicultural food, live music, displays of traditional dance, family activities, workshops and more at the Sunshine Coast Harmony Day event at Cotton Tree Park from 10am to 2pm on March 20.
“To continue the celebrations on March 21, from 3 to 6pm, the Sunshine Coast Multicultural Network Group hosts a free Colourfest Film Festival and Multicultural Living Library at the Big Screen Cinemas Caloundra.
“People from culturally diverse backgrounds will share their stories and experiences of living in Australia and enjoy a selection of diverse Australian short films focusing on social inclusion and identity.
“At both events people can join in the celebrations by wearing traditional clothing or anything orange to celebrate Harmony Day.”
When at a Harmony Day event, connect on social media by using #harmonyday hashtag.
To find out more, visit the Harmony Day website and don’t forget to share on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.