Newcastle Region Library Newcastle, NSW

Tell us a little about how you celebrated Harmony Day

What originally was planned as a small book launch grew into a community wide celebration of diversity.

Highlights include:

  • Welcome to the Land with a 15 minute performance from Plattsburg Public School
  • Speech of Welcome by Lord Mayor of Newcastle, Nuatali Nelmes
  • Story of Journey by John Sandy, refugee from Sierra Leone who now helps new arrivals contribute to Newcastle
  • Launch of kids book “Inviting Harmony” for K-2 kids to introduce values of belonging and diversity
  • High Energy African Drumming workshop by Earthen Rhythms
  • Aussie Tacos BBQ (sausage sizzle and vege burgers)
  • News article: City celebrates diversity and inclusion.

Who were your partners?

The event was headed by Newcastle Region Library. Supported by Newcastle Amnesty International, ProCare Mental Health Services/Hunter Prostate Cancer Alliance, Newcastle City Council, Plattsburg Public School (Wallsend), St Andrews Pre School, Catholic Diocese Refugee Service (Newcastle/Maitland), Earthen Rhythms, Woolworths Newcastle West, University of Newcastle, Multicultural Liaison NSW Police, Newcastle International College, Ethnic Communities Council.

What was most memorable about your Harmony Day celebration?

The indigenous welcome by Plattsburg Public School was a real showcase of how rich Australian culture is and how talented young people can be.

Story written by

Cary Lee (author of “Inviting Harmony”)

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Harmony Day Celebrations! Tell us your story!