Moreton Bay Regional Council has awarded $6,000 in grant funding 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.
“Just last month I attended the 2018 Rugby League Commonwealth Championship, in the lead-up to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) and it was fantastic to see so many people from around the world, at the incredible Dolphin Stadium, enjoying all the exhilarating action on the field and taking in the beautiful sites of Redcliffe,” Mayor Sutherland said.
“Diversity brings strength to a region; it’s a privilege to live in the Moreton Bay Region that’s not only one of the fastest growing regions but also one of the most culturally diverse regions in Australia, with one in every four residents born overseas, representing more than 180 nationalities and speaking 157 different languages.
“At this year’s Australia Day citizenship ceremony, we welcomed more than 130 candidates from countries as far and wide as Thailand, Kazakhstan, New Zealand, Zimba
bwe, South Korea, Germany, Malaysia, Netherlands, Nepal, Denmark, Austria, Greece, Fiji, United Arab Emirates, French Polynesia and Romania.
“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 cultural games and dance.
“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."
For more information about Harmony Day events in Moreton Bay visit https://www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/harmonyday/#1 or contact council on (07) 3205 0555.
PHOTO CAPTION: Celia Enders in traditional dress (qipao) with Amal Warakaulle, Ewan Enders and Erica Hurst.