19 March 2017
Harmony Day is a national celebration of Australia’s cultural diversity. Held annually on 21 March, it focuses on encouraging people to participate in their community, respect cultural and religious diversity and foster a sense of belonging for everyone.
For the past 13 years, a separate local event to mark Harmony Day is organised by the Carlton Local Agencies Network (CLAN). These events create a unique opportunity for residents of Carlton’s particularly diverse community to celebrate in a friendly environment.
This year, Carlton families and friends turned out on a sunny autumn afternoon to enjoy a free concert in the lush green surroundings of the Neill Street Reserve.
MC and performer Ruth Rogers-Wright welcomed everyone, and encouraged them to make the most of the chance to celebrate the diversity of the Carlton neighbourhood.
Four very different styles of fabulous music kept the energy upbeat and created a happy family atmosphere. Our thanks to Shane Charles (didgeridoo/yidaki), Snit (Eritrean band), Rudy V Alliance Performance (pictured below in full groove), and Dundunkan (West African band).
This local Harmony Day event was organised by a collective of CLAN agencies: Carlton Neighbourhood Learning Centre, University of Melbourne, Relationships Australia, City West Water and CoHealth.
It was made possible by funding received from the Victorian Multicultural Commission, Bendigo Bank, University of Melbourne, City West Water, and Relationships Australia.
We are most grateful for the support, energy and enthusiasm of everyone involved in this year’s community get-together, and look forward to doing it again in 2018!