Celebrate cultural diversity at Harmony Feast

Published on 06 March 2019

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Make sure you bring your appetite to the tenth annual Harmony Feast, taking place on Sunday 17 March at Maidstone Community Centre, as the community comes together to celebrate the many cultures that call our City home.

Harmony Feast, which is part of Cultural Diversity Week, promotes inclusion, understanding and respect across cultures, highlighting our strength in diversity. The free event is the perfect opportunity for the community to come together to try new foods, share stories, meet new people and have fun celebrating the many cultures that reside in Maribyrnong.

The Feast, which is cooked onsite at Maidstone Community Centre, features an abundance of traditional dishes from around the world including vegetarian and halal options.

In addition to the delicious fare, there will be a range of cultural activities and entertainment on the day, including Bollywood dancers, live music and more.

The event has gained enormous support from the community, with volunteers from over ten nationalities coming together over two days to prepare and cook the food for the event. Between 300-500 serves of each dish is prepared for the thousands of local residents who attend the feast each year.

Hashim, a local resident and Al-Taubah Centre President, has volunteered at the feast over the past few years, and is often found weaving in and out of the crowds with his gold trays of tiny coffee cups brimming with aromatic coffee.

“It is a day many total strangers from totally different countries, cultures and religions come to get together, greet and smile at each other. It simply is a day of joy,” Hashim said.

Maribyrnong is celebrated for its cultural diversity, having one of the most diverse populations in Victoria. Residents come from more than 135 different countries and speak more than 80 languages.

“The day is unique because we have a Harmony Day to celebrate our cultural diversity. It’s about inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone,” Hashim continued.

Harmony Feast

Sunday 17 March, 12-3pm
Maidstone Community Centre
Free

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Message from the Mayor, Cr Martin Zakharov

The strength of our community truly lies in how we embrace and celebrate the multiculturalism of our City. Harmony Feast is cooked by the community for the community, and is an event that brings people of all backgrounds and cultures together for the time-honoured tradition of sharing a meal. I encourage everyone to join us at this special event!

Cultural Diversity Week

Cultural Diversity Week is Victoria’s largest multicultural celebration featuring a state-wide program of festivals and events across metropolitan and regional areas. Organised by community organisations, local governments and the Victorian Multicultural Commission with support from the Victorian Government.

The Week invites Victorians to embrace and celebrate our cultural diversity and is held annually in March to coincide with the United Nations Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and Harmony Day (21 March).

Held 16-24 March 2019, this will be the 17th year of Cultural Diversity Week.

Cultural Diversity Week is a great way to celebrate the everyday diversity of Victorians and reflect on what gives us all a sense of belonging in our multicultural community

View Cultural Diversity Week events