Harmony Day aims to celebrate inclusiveness, respect and belonging for all Australians, regardless of cultural or linguistic background. Harmony Day also coincides with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. To find out more about Harmony Day: https://www.harmony.gov.au/.
On Wednesday 21st March 2018, Inala Community House – along with our other community partners under Multicultural Community Network (MCN) – hosted a 2018 FREE Harmony Day Community Dinner at PCYC Inala.
Held from 5.30pm-8pm, the event provided free entry to public – we were delighted to see so many excited faces queuing up ready for a night of free food, entertainment, fun and community friendships!
The night turned out beautifully as a true reflection of Harmony Day’s values, as we had everyone introducing themselves hailing from various countries of origin: Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Samoa, Vietnam, Myanmar, Ethiopia, Somalia, Ghana, Nigeria, Burundi – just to name a few.
We were also delighted to some familiar faces – our existing Inala Community House clients – who came to support the event too.
“This is our first time organising this FREE Harmony Day Community Dinner and our team is thrilled to see its huge success to connect with our community. Harmony Day is a great opportunity to promote cultural diversity within our community over our basic need and love for good food!” said Inala Community House Community Engagement Manager Haley Kiata.
The Dinner was suitably themed “Many Cultures, One Meal”. We had three food stations – one for vegetarian, one for halal, one for non-halal – all catered by local chefs of different cultural backgrounds. A special thank you to Milton Dick MP for donating a big cake for all to enjoy as dessert.
We would also like to thank the support of Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk office, Ngutana-Lui Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Centre, Inala Elders Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation, all our valued MCN community partners and volunteers (including cultural performers and photographer James Kiata).
Besides the food, everyone enjoyed various cultural performances such as the didgeridoo, Burundi and Latin dance – where everyone was even taught a few moves. Also thank you to PCYC Inala for holding a free giveaway contest.
How was your Harmony Day? Inala Community House provides all types of free events, activities and support for all members of our community. Find out more information: 3372 1711 | firstname.lastname@example.org | www.ich.org.au | https://www.facebook.com/ICHAustralia.