The information and materials on this page have been prepared for media interested in information on Harmony Day celebrations.
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Media releases from the Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship, Alan Tudge:
- 21 March 2018 – Celebrating Australian multiculturalism on Harmony Day
- 6 February 2018 – Harmony Day event registrations now open
Previous Harmony Day media releases
- 19 January 2017 – Harmony Day event registrations now open
- 21 March 2016 – Diversity is our strength – Australia celebrates Harmony Day
- 16 March 2016 – Celebrations kick off with one week to Harmony Day
- 19 January 2016 – Register Your Harmony Day 2016 Event
- 16 March 2016 – Harmony Day morning tea
- Harmony Day message by the Hon Alan Tudge, Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs
- Harmony Art Collective – Hien’s story
- Harmony Art Collective – Mario’s story
- Harmony Art Collective – Safi’s story
- Watch other Harmony Day videos
Frequently Asked Questions
When is Harmony Day celebrated?
- Harmony Day is celebrated throughout Australia on 21 March. Since first held in 1999, Harmony Day has grown to become a significant annual day for Australians to come together and celebrate our nation’s cultural diversity.
- 21 March is also the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
What is Harmony Day?
- Harmony Day is a day to celebrate Australian multiculturalism, based on the successful integration of migrants into our community. It is an opportunity for all Australians to embrace cultural diversity and to share what we have in common.
- Harmony Day is a community celebration. Since 1999, more than 70 000 Harmony Day events have been staged in childcare centres, schools, community groups, churches, businesses and federal, state and local government agencies across Australia.
- Multiculturalism is in Australia’s national interest. It is about inclusiveness, respect and belonging for all Australians, regardless of cultural or linguistic background, united by a set of core Australian values.
- Australia is the most successful multicultural country on earth and we should celebrate this and work to maintain it.
- Our cultural diversity is one of our greatest strengths and is at the heart of who we are. An integrated multicultural Australia is an integral part of our nation’s history and character.
How does the community celebrate Harmony Day?
- Community groups have made Harmony Day their own by organising events according to their needs, interests and strengths.
- Morning teas, fairs, concerts, school assemblies, sporting events and national costume days are among the different events that have been staged to showcase cultures, traditions and backgrounds.
- Get connected to your Harmony Day community today on:
- See a list of state and territory events promoting harmony and social cohesion.
Why does orange represent Harmony Day?
- Orange has been the Harmony Day colour since the first day was held in 1999.
- Traditionally the colour orange relates to social communication, stimulating two-way conversations. It aids in the development of new ideas and frees the spirit of its limitations, giving us the freedom to be ourselves. At the same time it encourages self-respect and respect of others.
Harmony Day – Key messages
- Harmony Day is about inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone.
- It is about celebrating the benefits of our multicultural society which has come about as a result of the successful integration of migrants into the Australian community.
- Let’s come together with friends and family and through schools, workplaces and our wider communities to celebrate our diversity this Harmony Day on 21 March.
- Be proud of our strong and successful multicultural society. Sharing our cultural heritage is part of celebrating what it means to be Australian.
- Our shared Australian values of respect, equality and freedom go beyond our different cultures, and are what makes Australia such a great place to live.
- The message of respect and belonging goes beyond 21 March. It can be lived by each of us, every day.
Ways to get involved
- Join us this Harmony to celebrate the benefits and strength cultural diversity brings to our nation and Australian way of life
- Register your Harmony Day event
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