Free Har­mony Week con­cert

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - STREET WATCH -

THE City of Bel­mont will cel­e­brate Har­mony Week and Clos­ing the Gap in a free con­cert on March 19.

For­mer Aus­tralian Is­lamic Col­lege Kew­dale stu­dent Aisha No­vakovich will MC the event.

Mrs No­vakovich has been train­ing City of Bel­mont staff and the coun­cil mem­bers in cul­tural aware­ness pro­grams.

“I think the City of Bel­mont is a very vi­brant com­mu­nity with a lot of great fa­cil­i­ties, very cul­tur­ally di­verse,” she said.

She said the City had put a lot of ef­fort into de­vel­op­ing a mul­ti­cul­tural strat­egy and ac­tion plan to raise cul­tural and racial aware­ness around is­sues fac­ing res­i­dents.

“They are re­ally aware of what a strong and vi­brant mul­ti­cul­tural pol­icy looks like and had a lot of con­sul­ta­tion and com­mu­nity en­gage­ment in de­vel­op­ing it.”

For­merly held on one day, Har­mony Week is a na­tion­wide cel­e­bra­tion of mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism and in­clu­sion of all mem­bers of the com­mu­nity.

The free out­door con­cert at Tomato Lake in Kew­dale will in­clude a World Har­mony Walk, tra­di­tional cul­tural danc­ing and per­for­mances by the Wad­um­bah Dance Group, Sam Maher and home­made in­stru­ments.

Mrs No­vakovich said cel­e­bra­tions were a pos­i­tive sign of the grow­ing ap­petite for so­cial in­clu­sion and chang­ing de­mo­graph­ics of cities and shires like Bel­mont.

“Peo­ple are more broad minded and ac­cept­ing of so­cial dif­fer­ences,” she said.

She said Bel­mont’s Har­mony Day con­cert was about, “hav­ing fun, cel­e­brat­ing dif­fer­ences and form­ing friendships out­side so­cial cir­cles.”

Nour Jasser, Eman Salin and Bas­mah Ibrahim at last year’s con­cert.

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