Harmony Day is celebrated each year coinciding with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. It is a day of cultural respect for everyone who calls Australia home, from traditional custodians of the land to newly arrived immigrants.
This year’s theme, Many Stories – One Australia, is being taken up in different ways around the region.
Byron Bay’s Harmony team take to the streets tomorrow to celebrate with food and music in Railway Park, combining with the last artisan market of the season.
Amid the flavours of Indonesia, Japan, Brazil, Greece, Belgium and the Middle East the day will be full of exciting cultural events: live music, dance and performances, children’s activities. Showcasing Nakula, Peace Choir, Mick McHugh, Tarshito, Lilith and Hawaii dancers, Gypsie Fire, Kobya and DJ Manie, and finishing with Esscay and Rhyme Form.
Lismore residents celebrated Harmony Day yesterday at Lismore City Bowling Club with speakers including Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell and Matt Dunne from the office of Janelle Saffin.
At Southern Cross University yesterday activities included storytelling, morning teas, film, dance, art and cooking.
Murwillumbah High School had their celebration on Monday. In what is becoming a Harmony Day tradition at the school, students lit candles to represent each of the cultural backgrounds represented by the students and teachers at the school.