Hosted by the Minister for Multiculturalism, Mark Coure in the presence of the Hon. Dominic Perrottet, MP, Premier of New South Wales, the Premier’s Harmony Dinner is a glittering gala to recognise and celebrate the significant contributions made by our multicultural leaders.
Attendees were treated to a sit-down meal and a variety of unique performances by Thandi Phoenix and the Matavai Pacific Cultural Arts ensemble in the Grand Ballroom of the International Convention Centre.
Catalina Florez and Ali Bahnasawy, the night’s emcees, began off the festivities.
Uncle Allan Murray was introduced to the stage for the traditional ‘Welcome to Country,’ which was followed by the Walangari Dance Group for the smoking ritual.
The Australian National Anthem and ‘Together We Are One’ were also performed by the NSW Federation of Community Languages Schools Choir.
The NSW Premier, Dominic Perrottet MP; the NSW Minister for Multiculturalism and Seniors, Mark Coure MP; the Chair of the Multicultural NSW Advisory Board, Dr G.K Harinath OAM; and the CEO of Multicultural NSW, Joseph La Posta, all delivered addresses.
The Premier welcomed everyone to the occasion and emphasised the necessity of joining together to recognise the “phenomenal efforts that our multicultural community has done throughout the previous two years [of the pandemic],” according to his remarks.
Mr Coure, who was attending the Dinner for the first time as Minister for Multiculturalism, congratulated all multicultural leaders for their achievements and thanked them for continuing to make NSW “a fantastic place to live, work and visit.”
At the conclusion of these speeches, the 2021 Premier’s Multicultural Communications Awards Winners were acknowledged in a special video presentation.
Desi Australia was named the winner of the Publication of the Year award.
The Premier’s Multicultural Community Medals were then presented, The Stepan Kerkyasharian AO Community Harmony Medal was awarded to Shubha Kumar of India Club.
Everyone who was present had a good time.
You can view the complete photo gallery from the 2022 gala event here
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