Harmony Week event celebrating cultural diversity

Harmony Week (15-21 March) celebrates Australian multiculturalism, and the successful integration of migrants into our community. It is about inclusiveness, respect and belonging for all Australians, regardless of cultural or linguistic background.

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​To celebrate Harmony Week 2021, our Communities for Children team will be hosting an event in partnership with the Champion Centre in Seville Grove to promote cultural understanding and community inclusion.

Harmony Week (15-21 March) celebrates Australian multiculturalism, and the successful integration of migrants into our community. It is about inclusiveness, respect and belonging for all Australians, regardless of cultural or linguistic background.

The event will take place from 10am-12pm, Tuesday, 23 March at the Champion Centre, 76 Champion Drive, bringing together local families from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD) and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Organiser Heidi Holmen, Communicare's Coordinator Social Inclusion, said the Harmony Day event was an opportunity for CaLD families to learn more about the culture of First Nations Peoples and in turn, share information about their own cultures.

She said the celebration came about after a request from families at Save the Children's 'It Takes a Village' playgroup, and will also include children from the Mundarda Child Care playgroup and Coolabaroo Neighbourhood Centre.

"A key feature of the event will be a Welcome to Country and lunchtime yarning session by First Nations Elder Mort Hansen, along with a photo display, dancing and other cultural activities," Heidi said.

"The Champion Centre team will also provide the children and parents with a tour of the centre, face painting, a visit by Ranger Red, a bouncy castle, multi-cultural food and an ice-cream van."

We've put together a video with a few of our colleagues reciting an acknowledgement of country in a language of their choice, watch it here.

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