Cultures come together in harmony
EVERYONE BELONGS: Cecilie Ankomah from Ghana joined Harmony Day celebrations TOWNSVILLE’S cultural festival has been given an early boost after more than 250 people yesterday celebrated Harmony Day and International Women’s Day.
Harmony Day’s theme of ‘ everyone belongs’ helped bring many cultures and communities together for one day at an event organised by the Townsville Intercultural Centre.
Director Dr Farvardin Daliri said it was an energising day.
‘‘ These occasions remind us of all the good things to come about and it becomes a reminder of how important harmony is,’’ he said.
‘‘ It’s about us all opening up and recognising we are all Australian and have different cultures and backgrounds.
‘‘ What these small and humble events do is just a token of what we need to do to achieve harmony.’’
Dr Daliri said the theme of ‘ everyone belongs’ gave people the chance to share the importance of diversity in their workplace through action, performance, fashion and food.
School students, aged-home residents and charity groups joined in with the celebrations.
There were performances from various Asian and African groups as well as a 50-strong multicultural choir. Dr Daliri said it was days like this which were the cornerstone to the cultural festival held from August 17-21.