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Harmony Day Celebrations to Help Cyclone RecoveryFriday, March 11, 2016

Council is celebrating Harmony Day by lighting Town Hall orange and providing a free screening of kids’ movie Lilo & Stitch next Saturday night (March 19).

Town Hall Park in Sydney Street will also host cultural workshops and entertainment presented by local community groups, entertainers and artists.

Crowds can attend Fijian weaving and coconut husking demonstrations and watch the Chinese red ribbon dancers from 5.30pm until 6.30pm.

There will also be a projection artwork celebrating Mackay’s multiculturalism by local artist Donna Robinson and those attending can enjoy the beautiful voices of George Street Neighbourhood Centre’s under-fives singing group.

Then, from 6.30pm til 8pm, Town Hall will shine orange and guests can settle down on a rug or camp chair (BYO) for a relaxing viewing of Lilo & Stitch.

The Fiji Association Mackay Region will also be providing barbecue food and cold drinks for purchase, with all proceeds going to towards the Cyclone Winston recovery effort.

Council’s Community and Client Services director Bridget Mather said this year’s Harmony Day theme was “our diversity is our strength”.

“This theme is extremely appropriate in our multicultural community, which is made up of nationalities and cultures from every corner of the world,” Ms Mather said.

“To put our diversity into perspective, we’ve had people from more than 60 countries become Australian Citizens at council’s citizenship ceremonies since 2013 alone,” she said.

“Mackay is also home to the largest population of Australian South Sea Islanders in Australia – about 6000.

“There’s no doubt this diversity makes us a strong, innovative, vibrant community.”

Getting in early
While council’s celebration is a little early – so kids can enjoy the movie on a weekend and not a school night – Harmony Day is held each year on March 21.
It’s a day to celebrate Australian diversity – a day of cultural respect for everyone who calls Australia home. It’s about inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone.

Contact: Mackay Regional Council

Phone: 1300 MACKAY (1300 622 529)