March event to celebrate cultural diversity

February 24, 2017 by  

Interactive cultural dance and entertainment performances will be a feature at this year’s Harmony Day celebrations.

The event, which attracts residents from Balcatta and throughout the City of Stirling in Western Australia, is held annually to celebrate the area’s diversity and rich culture.

It has been well documented in booklet printing of the area’s history that many of its early residents were Southern European migrants, followed by Macedonian and Asian families in later years.

Harmony Day, according to a spokesman for the Mirrabooka Harmony Committee, which is hosting the event, provides an ideal opportunity to celebrate the unique mix of cultures that exists throughout the community today.

He said an extensive programme of events has been organised, including interactive dance and entertainment performances representing many different cultures.

There will also be stalls and a free traditional sausage sizzle, as well as many children’s activities such as a bouncy castle, face painting and an opportunity to get up close with native animals.

Local services and products, including the work of the Edmund Rice Centre, which offers educational activities and settlement services for migrants, refugees, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, will be showcased at stalls, while students will participate in performances by local schools.

The spokesman said a highlight will also be an African drumming spectacular.

A free event, Harmony Day will be held on March 24 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Stirling Leisure Centre’s Herb Graham Recreation Centre in Mirrabooka.