Diverse flavour to Harmony Day
By ZOE SINCLAIR
THE Clarence Valley will come together to celebrate Harmony Day next week with food tasting and traditional dances from countries such as India, Philippines and Thailand.
The event is part of the Howard Government's 'Living in Harmony' initiative.
To be held in Grafton on March 21 and Yamba the following day, Harmony Day is designed to promote appreciation of different backgrounds.
Defying Gravity, a Yamba arts group including Ranee Hanlen, is using the event as an opportunity to involve the community in a joint work of art.
"Within our group we cover quite a few different backgrounds. The day complements our beliefs," Ms Hanlen said.
The group will hold a Harmony Day community art picnic at the picnic grounds near Whiting Beach, Yamba, on Tuesday.
Clarence Valley Council director of community and cultural services, Jill Napier, said Harmony Day was valuable to the community.
"Clarence Valley Council supports Harmony Day as a way of celebrating the diverse communities in the Clarence Valley and appreciating the depth of our cultural heritage," she said.
Council's community development officer, Tim Shearman, said the event was also a way of addressing issues faced by various cultural groups within the Clarence Valley.
Grafton Regional Library will open a 'multicultural information section' on Monday.
The section, according to community services settlement scheme officer, Rashmere Bhatti, will be a 'vital resource to assist migrants and anyone seeking cross cultural information'.
For more information about either day contact Mr Shearman on 6641 4970.