Media Release 21 March 2016 – Celebrating Harmony Day in Menzies

21 March 2016

Celebrating Harmony Day in Menzies

Member for Menzies, Kevin Andrews, today encouraged people across Manningham to be part of Australia’s largest national multicultural event — Harmony Day 2016.

Harmony Day on 21 March gives communities the opportunity to come together, to celebrate Australia’s cultural diversity and recognise local groups and individuals.

It coincides with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

“Australia’s cultural diversity helps make us who we are,” Mr Andrews said.

“Harmony Day promotes a sense of belonging for everyone and I’m pleased to see Manningham celebrating again with some great events this year.

“I will be celebrating our diversity on Wednesday 23 March at an evening of song, dance and discovery at the Manningham Function Centre.”

“This event is presented by the Manningham Interfaith Network, local schools and local Sikh, Muslim, Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, Hindu and Baha’i communities; and supported by Manningham Council and the Victorian Multicultural Commission.”

Mr Andrews said the message of belong goes beyond 21 March. It can be lived by each of us, every day.

“This year we are encouraged to celebrate and talk about the benefits of our cultural diversity — how it brings us together, contributes to our economy and helps to create innovation in our ever evolving multicultural society.

Thanks to all the event organisers for helping this community be a part of Harmony Day and spreading the message that everyone belongs.

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