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Harmony Day - Everyone Belongs, Friday 22 March

18 March 2019

This year Harmony Day is on Friday March 22nd, celebrating cultural diversity and the message "Everyone Belongs". Local schools and pre-schoolers will perform in the Naracoorte Town Square at 10.00am followed by a Community Picnic at the Naracoorte Swimming Lake at 6pm.

The Naracoorte Town Square will be a spectacle of singing, dancing and bright colours on Friday 22 March when the Harmony Day Children’s Festival comes alive at 10am.  Harmony Day celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity, and is about inclusiveness, respect and belonging for everyone.  Australia’s cultural diversity is one of our greatest strengths, is at the heart of who we are.  It makes Australia a great place to live.

 

“Australia is vibrant and culturally diverse – from the oldest continuous culture of our first Australians to the cultures of our newest arrivals from around the world.  The ‘everyone belongs’ message of Harmony Day speaks to respect, inclusiveness and belonging for all Australians Mayor Vickery said.

 

“Since 1999 more than 70,000 Harmony Day events have been held across Australia. All people who migrate to Australia bring with them some of their own culture and religious traditions, as well as taking on many new traditions. Collectively, these traditions enrich our nation.” Mayor Vickery said.

 

At 10.00am on Friday 22 March around 1000 children will come together at the Naracoorte Town Square to celebrate our cultural diversity by performing a song or dance. 

 

The program kicks off with a performance by the Naracoorte South Primary School students followed by Frances Primary School, Michelle DeGaris Memorial Kindergarten, Sunrise Christian School, Naracoorte North Kindergarten, Naracoorte Child Day Care Centre, Naracoorte High School and Naracoorte Primary School.

 

The morning activities culminate with all children dancing together to “High Hopes”. 

 

“Everyone is welcome to come along to the Naracoorte Town Square and celebrate the different nationalities that make up our community and celebrate Harmony Day with the children” Mayor Vickery said.

 

In the evening celebrations move to the Naracoorte Swimming Lake for the Wish Festival from 6.00-9.00pm.  Entertainment commences at 6.00pm with a variety of local performers including Lilly McGuire-Marr and Oscar McGuire-Marr, the Naracoorte Highland Pipe Band and an encore performance of the “High Hopes” children's combined dance.  

 

At 8.00pm when the sun is setting float a lantern on the Lake to show that “Everyone is Welcome”.  Bring your own picnic and rug or chairs to sit on.  Complimentary food tastings provided by local cultural groups and a traditional BBQ provided by Teys Australia will be available in the evening at the Naracoorte Swimming Lake.

 

“Thanks to local business Teys Australia partnering with Council the lanterns will be available free of charge” Mayor Erika Vickery said. 

 

 

Everyone is welcome to attend both the day and evening events.

 

Harmony Day celebrations is an initiative of the Naracoorte Lucindale Council in partnership with the Naracoorte Migrant Centre, schools, kindergartens and child care centres, major sponsor Teys and the wider community to celebrate our cultural diversity and a sense of belonging for everyone.

 

Orange is the colour chosen to represent Harmony Day. Traditionally, orange signifies social communication and meaningful conversations. It also relates to the freedom of ideas and encouragement of mutual respect. Show your support for cultural diversity and an inclusive Australia by wearing something orange on Friday 22 March.

 

 

Teys Naracoorte supporting harmony for all Australians

 

Teys Naracoorte is celebrating multiculturalism and diversity by proudly supporting Harmony Day celebrations in the region.

 

Teys employs more than 500 people at its Naracoorte plant and many of those were born overseas and migrated to Australia. The staff represent 33 nationalities, providing a very real demonstration of multiculturalism at its best.

 

Teys Australia spokesman John Langbridge said the plant is proud of its staff and how they embrace the shared national identity that is uniquely Australian.

 

“We recognise diversity and respect the richness of each person and their customs as they all add to the social fabric of the country, particularly in regional areas where the communities are closer.” 

 

Naracoorte celebrates National Harmony Day on March 22 with a day of celebrations starting at the town square and moving to the swimming lake in the evening. Teys welcomed the opportunity to be the major sponsor for the celebrations.

 

“This is one way we can recognise our company’s unique relationship with this local community,” Mr Langbridge said.

 

Teys is providing the BBQ for the community in the evening and also funding the lanterns that will be floated on the lake at sunset as a sign of a community welcoming all.

 

Harmony Day is about inclusiveness, respect and belonging for all Australians, regardless of cultural or linguistic background, united by a set of core Australian values.

 

“Australia is the most successful multicultural country on earth and we should celebrate this and work to maintain it.”

 

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, just under half of Australia’s population was born overseas or have at least one parent who was.