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Harmony Day 2017

In Australia, on the 21st of March each year, we celebrate Harmony Day. Did you know statistics show that every 1 minute and 29 seconds a new migrant enters Australia? Almost 400 different languages are spoken and approximately 75% of the population identifying with an ancestry other than Australian. I myself was not born in this amazing land, but so glad that my parents decided to leave the lives they built behind so that the life I eventually ended up building when I had a family, was one full of opportunity and freedom.

You may be asking what exactly is Harmony Day then?
It is a day to celebrate Australia’s cultural diversity and show cultural respect to all who call this country home. Coincidently, it happens to fall on the same day as the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

If you are looking to celebrate this important event somewhere, then Perth Happenings has just the spot. The City of Stirling will be putting on an amazing day packed full of fun for the whole family at Herb Graham Recreation Centre from 10am till 2pm on the 24th March 2017. There will be stalls, kids activities and a dynamic stage program, including a performance by the gorgeous kids from Balga Senior High School.

Only.Love.Exists. (OLE) is the name of the performance and their inspirational Music Teacher Nik Culum was kind enough to give us a bit of an insight to what Harmony meant to the students and why it was so important to them.

What does Harmony Day mean to you and the kids that are involved? Why is it so important?
As a global citizen of the world, Harmony Day is probably the most important calendar event of the entire school year. The day encapsulates all the important aspects of acceptance, diversity, peace, love and celebration. To our students, it means that they are accepted and respected no matter what their ethnicity, cultural or religious beliefs are. Everyone is treated equally and collectively we embrace our differences.

How many different nationalities are involved in the event?

In Only Love Exists (O.L.E) our Music Business model program, we have over 30 different nationalities in our class. At the event, itself held by the City of Stirling, there could be up to 50+ different nationalities on the day.

What is your favourite part of the Harmony Day Event?
My Favourite part of the day event is when I first arrive. The synergy of all the cultural stalls, performances, food etc. is vibrant and electric.

Can you tell us a bit about the event and the details of when we can see it for ourselves?

The event is held by the City of Stirling, organised by a lovely gentleman by the name of Jesse Brennon who organises and oversees the entire event. It runs from 11:00am - 3:00pm on Friday 24th at Herb Graham Centre in Mirrabooka and there are stalls, performances by different schools/cultural groups and lots of great food. This is our second year of involvement and our students love being part of such an important community event.

Hope you can make it down to this amazing event and bask in all the different cultures that will be there on the day. If you cannot make it to this event then, there are several other events on around Perth.

City of Kwinana celebrate all week long with a range of activities Harmony Storytime, Evening Harmony Celebration and even an Art Exhibition. Head over to…/news/…/Harmony-Week-2017.aspx for more information.

Be sure to tag Perth Happenings in your Harmony Day antics or if there is an event we should know about. Let’s celebrate our ancestry with pride but also be thankful to be able to call this amazing country home.

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