Cul­tures come to­gether in har­mony

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today -

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.

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