Ban­quet cel­e­brates mul­ti­cul­tural Kar­ratha

Pilbara News - - News - Louise Alling­ham

The Pil­bara Mul­ti­cul­tural As­so­ci­a­tion hosted a mul­ti­cul­tural din­ner as part of Har­mony Day and Chi­nese New Year cel­e­bra­tions.

Pa­trons were asked to bring a plate of food to share which re­sulted in a mul­ti­cul­tural ban­quet big enough to feed hun­dreds.

Per­for­mances from tra­di­tional Thai, Chi­nese, Malaysian, Maori and Venezue­lan dancers kept the crowd en­ter­tained through­out the night. There was a work­shop for peo­ple to learn how to make Chi­nese dumplings and chil­dren were kept amused by a bouncy cas­tle, colour­ing-in ac­tiv­i­ties and face painting.

The night was topped off by an ap­pear­ance from the Chung Wah group who came all the way from Perth to per­form tra­di­tion Chi­nese lion dances.

The group also made ap­pear­ances at Kar­ratha City shop­ping cen­tre and Vita Cafe dur­ing the week.

Har­mony Day is of­fi­cially on March 21 but the Pil­bara Mul­ti­cul­tural As­so­ci­a­tion de­cided to spread the cel­e­bra­tions through­out the month of March.

PMA pres­i­dent Anand Subra­money said the Har­mony month events cel­e­brated the di­ver­sity of cul­tures in Kar­ratha.

“It’s for peo­ple to come to­gether and get to know and learn about other cul­tures,” he said.

“(It’s) in­ter­est­ing to see how peo­ple min­gle and get on to­gether.”

Pic­ture: Lisa Pereira and Alexan­dria Shaw

Chi­nese lion dancers per­fomed at the din­ner.

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