Cultural bonanza celebrates City diversity

Published Friday, 17th March 2017

People celebrating cultural diversity at Harmony Day

The multicultural bonanza, Living Cultures Festival, returns to Fairfield City Museum and Gallery on 25 March, showcasing Fairfield as one of the most diverse cities in Australia.

An immersive experience of performance, music, costume, children’s craft and food that forms part of Fairfield City’s free Harmony Day celebrations, Living Cultures Festival is an opportunity for the community to come together and experience the region’s abundant cultural and religious diversity.

Mayor of Fairfield City Frank Carbone said the Living Cultures Festival was not just a celebration, but an opportunity to promote respect and harmony within the community.

“The fact we have such great diversity, as seen with the more than 140 languages spoken, is one of the reasons our City is such a vibrant place to call home,” Mayor Carbone said.

“Our City is built on the back of cultural diversity, with people from across the world bringing their own unique identities and sharing them.”

The free event will start with a traditional Smoking Ceremony and Acknowledgement of Country by Uncle Stephen Williams, followed by a colourful line-up of performances that include slam poetry, traditional dance, singing and music.

Hosts Maria Tran and Phillip Kane will guide visitors through an international voyage of entertainment that ranges from junior Chilean folklore dance and Mongolian dance to an Indigenous choir and multi-faith Iraqi choir.

“I encourage people to attend this community celebration and embrace some of the wonderful cultures we have here in our City,” Mayor Carbone said.

“Our City’s motto is ‘Celebrating Diversity’ and Living Cultures Festival is a great chance for us to recognise and celebrate the social and cultural strength of our City.”

Fairfield City’s Living Cultures Festival

25 March 2017, 11am - 2pm
Cost: FREE
Venue: Fairfield City Museum and Gallery, 634 The Horsley Drive, Smithfield

For more information call 9725 0190.


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