Festival celebrates multicultural heritage

Published Wednesday, 7th March 2018

Living Cultures Festival celebrates Harmony Day at City Museum & Gallery
Living Cultures Festival celebrates Harmony Day at City Museum & Gallery

Come on an exciting cross-continental journey celebrating Fairfield City’s rich cultural diversity at the annual Living Cultures Festival at Fairfield City Museum & Gallery.

The multicultural festival, held in recognition of Harmony Day, returns on 17 March with an extensive showcase of the Fairfield City community’s diverse cultural heritage.

Mayor of Fairfield City Frank Carbone said Living Cultures Festival promoted respect and harmony within the community, while celebrating the differences that make Fairfield City a unique place to live.

“Living Cultures Festival at Fairfield City Museum & Gallery is a wonderful celebration of Fairfield City’s rich multicultural history through contemporary and traditional performance, clothing, music, arts and crafts and food,” Mayor Carbone said.

“More than 50% of our population were born overseas and speak over 120 languages, which is part of the reason our City is such a vibrant place to call home.”
“People from all walks of life can come together and share their own culture and traditions which have become part of Fairfield City’s unique multicultural fabric.”

The free community event starts with a traditional Smoking Ceremony and Acknowledgement of Country by Darug man Christopher Tobin, followed by a colourful line-up of performances that include Peruvian, Chilean and Macedonian traditional dancing, as well as folkloric music from Malta, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Egypt.

There will also be arts and crafts, face painting, balloon twisting, delicious sweet treats, a BBQ and stalls providing giveaways, plants for sale and community services information.

“Our City is built on the back of cultural diversity, with people from across the world bringing their own unique identities to share,” Mayor Carbone said.

“I encourage people to come along to Living Cultures Festival and experience some of the wonderful cultures we have in Fairfield City which make it such a unique place to live and work.”

Event details
Living Cultures Festival
FREE event
17 March 2018, 11am - 2pm
Fairfield City Museum & Gallery
634 The Horsley Drive, Smithfield
Entrance via Oxford Street