Cultural festival delivers harmony
THE Coffs Coast has celebrated its harmonious multiculturalism, ethnicity and common bond in music, food and dance.
The Coast’s culturally diverse heritage was on show for all to see during Harmony Day festivities in the Botanic Garden yesterday.
“The focus of the multicultural festival is to bring the community together in celebration, to learn more about each other, embrace what makes us different and give us the chance to take pleasure in being part of a growing culturally-diverse community,” said Coffs Harbour deputy mayor Denise Knight, who served as the MC.
The festival was again organised by the council’s Multicultural Reference Group in partnership with the Friends of the Botanic Garden.
The day offered the sounds, tastes and sights of the many different ethic groups calling the Coffs Coast home.
Keynote performances included the Sydney Bollywood dance company, Sirens Dance, which performed a fusion of classical Indian dance and modern western genres, with elements of Latin and African.
The Yarramundi Kids – Darug mob puppets from Sydney, as seen on NITV, were also involved.
The crowds were also treated to the sounds of the Jahbutu Caribbean Steel Band and Chinese harp player Lilian Zhao.
Visually spectacular in dance were the Smile of Thailand, Julie Ross and Agnes Grace of God dance groups.
The Multicultural Harmony Day was sponsored by Miimi Aboriginal Corporation, Souths Cares, 2CS FM and Southern Cross Ten.