Moreton Bay Regional Council grants help bring Harmony Day celebrations to life
Moreton Bay Regional Council has awarded more than $6,000 in grants to help community groups bring to life a range of cultural celebrations this Harmony Day (21 March).
From cultural performances and workshops to events showcasing traditional cuisine, the celebrations will aim to promote cultural diversity and inclusion right across the Moreton Bay Region.
Mayor Allan Sutherland said council was delighted to be able to support local community groups to bring these events to life this Harmony Day, and encouraged all Moreton Bay residents to get involved in activities planned around the region or celebrate in their own way.
“The Moreton Bay Region is one of the fastest growing and culturally diverse regions in Australia, with one in every five residents born overseas, representing more than 170 nationalities and speaking 140 different languages,” Mayor Sutherland said.
“Harmony Day is a great opportunity for us to come together as a region, celebrate the cultural diversity that makes our communities so special, and promote a sense of belonging to everyone who calls the Moreton Bay Region home.
“Council is proud to partner with community groups across the region to bring to life a number of events that promote inclusiveness and encourage residents to learn about the cultures of others in their communities.
“There’s plenty of different and interesting events and activities across the region to get involved in - from tasting the cuisine of a different culture to learning traditional dances and songs.
“Alternatively, why not celebrate Harmony Day with friends and family. It’s all about promoting that ‘everyone belongs’ in the Moreton Bay Region - no matter what cultural background you’re from."
2017 Harmony Day events proudly supported by Moreton Bay Regional Council:
- Respect Day - Bringing Youth People Together Through Sport, Deception Bay Sports Field - 16 March 2017
Sports day for young people attending flexible learning centres, focusing on Harmony Day, Close the Gap and Say No To Bullying messaging. Hosted by Deception Bay Flexible Learning Centre.
- ‘Moving Together - Strength in Harmony’, Redcliffe Jetty - 19 March
Experienced cultural dancers will encourage attendees to learn and share different cultural dances. Hosted by One Salt Ocean.
- Morning Tea for Harmony, Deception Bay Shopping Centre - 21 March
Morning tea hosted by Deception Bay Community Youth Program, featuring singing by Pasifika Families, traditional Filipino dance, children's multicultural crafts, Tai Chi demonstration, Thai foot massages, exhibition of flags and storytelling.
- Multicultural Women's Celebration, Caboolture Memorial Hall - 21 March
An event hosted by Centre Against Domestic Violence encouraging multicultural women and their children to share their culture through traditional food, dress and music.
- West African music culture workshop, Caboolture Neighbourhood Centre - 23 March
Workshop of West African music culture, with a mix of drumming, dancing and singing, hosted by Caboolture Neighbourhood Centre.
- Afternoon Tea in Harmony, Encircle Redcliffe Neighbourhood Centre - 21 March
Afternoon tea, with participants encouraged to bring a plate of traditional food. Will also include storytelling, cultural displays and performances.
- Harmony Day BBQ, Suttons Beach - 22 March
Harmony Day themed community BBQ, hosted by Aftercare, showcasing international foods and a diverse range of musicians.