Group cel­e­brates cul­tures

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

BENT­LEY will come alive with the sights and sounds of the re­gion’s largest Har­mony Day Fes­ti­val on Satur­day, March 19.

Set to be a day of good vibes and com­mu­nity spirit or­gan­ised by Bent­ley Com­mu­nity Fo­cus (BCF), a not-for-profit com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tion that brings to­gether lo­cal res­i­dents with com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions, lo­cal and state govern­ment and other key stake­hold­ers in the area.

The an­nual event en­cour­ages unity, while pro­mot­ing the re­gen­er­a­tion of the sub­urb.

BCF chair­man Frank Lanza said it was the sup­port of vol- un­teers and spon­sors who made the event pos­si­ble.

“Due to their gen­eros­ity of spirit the event prom­ises to be big­ger than ever,” he said.

“The day brings to­gether the di­verse cul­tures and com­mu­ni­ties in the area through the shar­ing of food, ac­tiv­i­ties and per­for­mances in or­der to pro­mote cross cul­tural aware­ness (to) en­gen­der pride in their com­mu­nity.”

At­trac­tions in­clude com­mu­nity-run mul­ti­cul­tural food stalls, the Bent­ley Cook­book and Chil­dren’s Story Book launch, a Fu­sion Youth games area, tra­di­tional Chi­nese dance and lan­guage classes, and live per­for­mances in­clud­ing a Cook Is­lands dance, Brazil­ian Samba and South­ern African Afro-Roots mu­sic.

Bent­ley Pri­mary School’s In­done­sian danc­ing group will be among the per­form­ers.

Prin­ci­pal Steve Lock­wood was ex­cited his school could sup­port the im­por­tant com­mu­nity event.

“We are keen to cel­e­brate the many cul­tures that make Bent­ley such a spe­cial place,” he said.

The event runs from 11am to 3pm, at Hed­ley Park. En­try is free.

For de­tails, con­tact Frank Lanza on 0414 532 574.

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