Da­lyellup puts out wel­come mat for all cul­tures

South Western Times - - NEWS - LIN­COLN BERTELLI

DA­LYELLUP will cel­e­brate mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism in an in­ter­ac­tive way on Satur­day.

An Act Be­long Com­mit Cul­tural Fi­esta will be held at the es­tate’s cen­tral lakes park to co­in­cide with Har­mony Week.

The fi­esta is a free event aimed at fam­i­lies and it will in­clude a range of per­for­mances fol­lowed by in­ter­ac­tive work­shops.

A num­ber of food out­lets will be op­er­at­ing dur­ing the day and there will be a bike dec­o­rat­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

Capel shire com­mu­nity devel­op­ment of­fi­cer Donna Sims said the en­ter­tain­ment would be di­verse and ex­cit­ing.

“You can be part of the thrilling rhythms of African drum­ming, ex­pe­ri­ence the fiery rhythms and move­ment of Latin dance, learn begin­ners’ break­dance and hip-hop rou­tines and be amazed by cool capoeira which fuses dance, mar­tial arts and ac­ro­bat­ics,” she said.

Har­mony Week is cel­e­brated be­tween March 15-21 ev­ery year in WA and na­tional Har­mony Day is this Satur­day, co­in­cid­ing with the fi­esta.

Miss Sims said mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism was a mes­sage the coun­cil was keen to pro­mote.

“We be­lieve it is im­por­tant to cel­e­brate our vi­brant mul­ti­cul­tural shire and ap­pre­ci­ate cul­tural, lin­guis­tic and eth­nic di­ver­sity in a fun and healthy en­vi­ron­ment,” she said.

“It is im­por­tant to cel­e­brate Har­mony Week be­cause it pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity for all West­ern Aus­tralians to cel­e­brate our di­ver­sity.”

Sab­rina Haines from Bun­bury Mul­ti­cul­tural Group said mi­grants were of­ten shy but events like this al­lowed peo­ple to show­case their cul­ture.

“Mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism is al­ready em­bed­ded in Aus­tralian cul­ture but this al­lows us to cel­e­brate it,” she said.

“As a mi­grant, I’m cer­tainly find­ing that I feel more wel­come from a com­mu­nity per­spec­tive.”

The event will run from 11am un­til 4pm.

PIC­TURE: DAVID BAI­LEY

Georgina Haines, 16, shows tra­di­tional In­dian dress that will be on dis­play at Satur­day’s cul­tural fi­esta.

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