BLACK HARMONY GATHERING
Handing on the baton to the next generation
A day of First Nations, African and Hazaara culture
On 16 March 2014 between 1 and 5pm Multicultural Arts Victoria and the Warrior Spirit Art Collective, supported by the City of Yarra and the Victorian Multicultural Commission, present the annual Black Harmony Gathering - a colourful and vibrant celebration of local Koorie and emerging refugee cultures at the Fairfield Amphitheatre under the gum trees by the Yarra River, in the heart of Wurundjeri land.
People of all cultures are invited to come together in a spirit of harmony and reconciliation to enjoy the gathering. The only event of its kind, Black Harmony Gathering annually celebrates the UN’s International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and national Harmony Day. A beautiful afternoon of free music and dance with Indigenous, vegetarian and cultural delights, creative children’s activities and cultural ceremonies. Participating artists include Yirrmal & the Yolngu Boys, Kutcha Edwards, Taqi Khan, Acholi Gospel Choir, FLYBZ, Jackie Jackie & The Blackies, Koori Youth Will Shake Spears, Special Crew and The Deans with Illana Atkinson.
The first gathering in 2004, held in Melbourne’s northern suburbs, saw a small group of local Koories, South Africans and Somalis come together at a neighbourhood BBQ, to share ideas about how to help each other overcome discrimination. Over time, the BBQ has evolved to become a popular and important feature of Melbourne’s cultural calendar and has showcased hundreds of established and emerging indigenous and multicultural artists and craftspeople.
Multicultural Arts Victoria’s Black Harmony Gathering promotes reconciliation, diversity, social inclusion, respect and the breaking down of racism. The gathering provides a chance for people from all cultures to make music together, sing, dance, learn about each other, showcase and be proud of their culture, hear each other’s stories and make long-lasting cross-cultural connections and friendships.
This year the gathering will be accompanied by the Black Harmony Forum, held from 6:30-8:30pm on Wednesday 19th March at the Reading Room in the Fitzroy Town Hall, Napier St Fitzroy. The forum, entitled ‘From Convicts to Boat People: Colonisation, Migration and Historical Hypocrisy’ will feature speakers from Indigenous and newly-arrived migrant and refugee backgrounds, as well as refugee advocates.
Speakers will include barrister Jessie Taylor, who travelled to across Indonesia to the film ‘Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea’, a documentary that looks at the circumstances and decisions that lead a person to become a ‘boat person’. Jessie also featured on Australian Story in 2012, for her role in fostering a young Hazara asylum seeker upon his arrival to Australia, after briefly meeting him during her journey through Indonesia. Links: deepblueseafilm.com; abc.net.au/austory/specials/strangerontheshore
EVENT DETAILS – FREE EVENT
Date: Sunday 16 March 2014
Time: 1 – 5pm
Venue: Fairfield Amphitheatre, Fairfield Park Drive, Fairfield
Limited parking available on Heidelberg Road
Public Transport: Near Westgarth & Dennis Stations or ride a bike
Alcohol free event. Bring a cushion & picnic rug. Dogs on leads. No glass please. Sun hat & sunscreen advised.
Black Harmony Gathering is presented by Multicultural Arts Victoria in association with Warrior Spirit Art Collective, supported by City of Yarra, Victorian Multicultural Commission and PBS 106.7FM, as part of Cultural Diversity Week March 15-23, an opportunity for all Victorians to come together to share friendship and culture.
MAV Website multiculturalarts.com.au
Facebook event facebook.com/events/456520427809842
Robyn Gawenda, Multicultural Arts Victoria,
Mob: 0438 935 491 Tel: 9188 3681
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