With Harmony Week over for another year I wanted to focus on the unity and friendship that we all share and highlight some stories from the week’s events that you might find enjoyable.
Harmony Week celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity. It’s about inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone.
In Mirrabooka, located in Perth’s northern suburbs, 112 people from 77 nationalities took part in a drumming circle, which made the Guinness Book of Records. You can watch the joyful, musical result here.
The dark cloud from the Christchurch massacre hangs over us all still, however there have been remarkable expressions of support for the Muslim community, both in New Zealand and here in Australia. Here is the link to a story about a Muslim man going to a Mosque and meeting a woman of Christian faith in Canberra.
Of the many celebrations held during Harmony Week, one always close to my heart is the big Harmony Festival in Katanning. This year they celebrated 10 years for this great community event. I wrote a chapter about this regional town in Western Australia in More to the story – conversations with refugees, and told the story of John Nazary who lives there. Katanning is a true multicultural community, the most ethnically diverse regional centre in Western Australia that is home to people from some 50 different language groups. Katanning has always welcomed refugees and migrants. You get a sense of their inclusive community from this video on their website.
I hope we can all take the desire for harmony further than this week. Let’s help make our communities, and the world, a better place.