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19 March, 2021

Cairns celebrates cultural diversity

CAIRNS’ cultural diversity will be celebrated this Saturday, March 20 with two free COVID-safe Harmony Day celebrations being held in Cairns – one during the day, and one in the evening.

By Tanya Murphy

Local model ‘Angelique’ is taking part in the multicultural Fashion and Music performance at Cairns West State School on Saturday.

Harmony Week is an Australia-wide event held in March each year to promote inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone.

The first local event, organised by Centacare Far North Queensland’s Our Place team together with more than 20 community organisations, will be held at Cairns West State School in Manunda (entry from McCormack Street) from 10am to 1pm.

Delicious street food will be served by the One World Welcome Dinner initiative and entertainment will include a diverse array of community cultural performances, from Latin dancers to the haka.

Highlights will include local high-energy Congolese Hip-hop group the ‘Starboys,’ and ‘Just Brass,’ a musical initiative by the Salvation Army that teaches children to play an musical instrument.

Another highlight will be the ‘Music and Fashion Project,’ which weaves together culture, music and dance to produce a fashion show like no other, produced by Rubina Kumia with fashion and accessories created by Julia Fujita and Maisha Bora.

The second free community event, organised by Connections Church Cairns and various other community groups, will be held at Fogarty Park from 4-9pm.

There will be a variety of multicultural dance performances, live music, children’s activities, and a fashion show, all culminating with the Cairns Song Contest which will see talented local finalists compete for three major prizes.

Entry is free for both events, but for the evening event, numbers are limited and tickets are required.

Book tickets for the evening event through under “Cairns Harmony Festival.” Early birds will get a complimentary food and
drink voucher.

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