Community in tune with Harmony Day celebration

CULTURES, cuisines and stories from across the world will be celebrated today in Tamworth at the Harmony Day fair and market. 

The fair will be held in Bicentennial Park and will feature musical performances, various forms of dancing – including Irish, Russian, Bollywood, 

bellydancing and Burmese dancing – martial arts, food and an international costume parade.

The day will also include a wellbeing expo, with workshops on organic gardening and laughter yoga. Kids will be entertained by jumping castles, face painting, jewellery-making and craft.

To mark this year’s theme of Many Stories – One Australia, various members of the community, including Tamworth MP Kevin Anderson, will share their stories with the crowd.

Organiser Suelyn Pakes from Centacare New England North West said the day was about focusing on the strengths and talents of the diverse members of the community.

“This is our third time and we hope we’ll continue to strive towards harmony between all the people from different cultures,” Ms Pakes said.

She said the day aimed to promote harmony and respect for everyone, and the understanding that everyone was different, but really all the same.

Harmony Day was officially marked on Thursday  to promote cultural respect of all those who live in Australia, coinciding with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

Today’s fair runs from 11am to 5pm, so bring picnic blankets and chairs.

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