Diversity is our strength – the Sunshine Coast celebrates Harmony Day
  • Wednesday 28 February 2018
The Sunshine Coast will join Australians from all walks of life on March 21 to celebrate Harmony Day and experience the rich cultural diversity that makes our region a great place to live.

Sunshine Coast Council, in partnership with the Sunshine Coast Multicultural Network and Surf Life Saving Queensland, invites the community to come together and join in the free family-friendly Harmony Day celebrations from 8am to 7pm on March 21 at Buhk Park and the beach at Alexandra Headland.

There are many activities to look forward to from 8am to 7pm including an ‘Everybody Belongs’ sand sculpture by world champion Dennis Massoud aka the Sandman, a sand sculpture workshop, games from around the world, drumming circle, multicultural dance and music, Welcome to Country performance by Gubbi Gubbi Traditional Owners, community BBQ, and so much more.

Community members are encouraged to wear orange to show their support for cultural diversity and an inclusive Australia.

Community Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said Harmony Day was a time to celebrate and reflect on the rich cultural heritage of the Sunshine Coast.

“By participating in Harmony Day, our lives are enriched by the many cultures who call the Sunshine Coast home,” Cr McKay said.

“The message for Harmony Day is ‘everyone belongs’, reinforcing the importance of inclusiveness to all Australians.

“There is no doubt our diversity helps makes the Sunshine Coast a great place to live.

“I encourage friends and family to come together at Alexandra Headland on March 21 to join in the Harmony Day celebrations.

“The activities planned are interactive and designed to connect people to share, learn and appreciate our communities’ cultural diversity.”

Cr McKay said the Sunshine Coast Multicultural Action Plan highlighted our region had a diverse and growing multicultural population with one in every five people born overseas, representing 156 countries, 45 faiths and 96 languages.

“It also identified the importance to recognise, respect and embrace diverse cultures and to strive to strengthen the resilience and prosperity of our multicultural Sunshine Coast,” Cr McKay said.

“In addition, we are continuing to meet the Sunshine Coast Social Strategy vision that in all our communities, people are included, treated with respect and opportunities are available to all.

“We will continue to build positive relationships that are important for the integration of people from all cultures moving here or visiting our region.”

Harmony Day coincides with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

Join in the Harmony Day conversation on council’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by sharing images and the hashtag #harmonyday.