Dalyellup puts out welcome mat for all cultures
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.
Georgina Haines, 16, shows traditional Indian dress that will be on display at Saturday’s cultural fiesta.