Festival a celebration of cultures

COFFS Harbour’s cultural diversity will be centre stage on Sunday when this year’s Multicultural Harmony Festival is held at the Botanic Garden.

Deputy Mayor Denise knight said the day kicks off at 9.30am and is free.

“The focus of the 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,” Cr Knight said.

“Last year’s festival was a huge success, with thousands of people turning out to see musical and dance performances from all corners of the globe and to sample the international food, workshops and talks.

“If you haven’t had the chance to join in the fun before, do yourself a favour, come along and help us make the 2011 Multicultural Harmony Festival the best yet.”

The festival has been organised by the council’s Multicultural Reference Group in partnership with the Friends of the Botanic Garden. Between them, they have brought together an exciting array of cultural performances from Coffs Harbour’s own multicultural community, as well as international stars.

These include Sydney Bollywood dance company Sirens Dance, which performs a fusion of classical Indian dance and modern western genres, with elements of Latin and African. The result is a captivating mix of intricate footwork and graceful spins. As well there will be the Yarramundi Kids – Darug mob puppets from Sydney, and the Jahbutu Caribbean Steel Band.

The wet weather alternative venue will be Sportz Central in Bray St.

For more information, go to www.coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au/multiculturalfestival.

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