This month, the people of NSW are banding together, as one of the most multicultural societies in the world, to showcase the social and economic value of cultural diversity.
A record number of activities are already registered for the annual Multicultural March celebrations and a week out from the marquee event, the NSW Premier’s Harmony Dinner, the prestigious event is a sell-out.
There is something for everyone during Multicultural March, with over 80 public events including concerts, street markets, sports competitions, classes and festivals taking place across the state.
Now in its fourth year, Multicultural March is a NSW Government initiative that compliments National Harmony Day (21 March), providing an opportunity for all communities to celebrate the diverse cultures that make up our Australian identity.
It is a time to reflect on the principles that underpin the activities of Multicultural NSW: that all individuals in New South Wales, irrespective of their linguistic, religious and ancestral backgrounds demonstrate a unified commitment to Australia, it’s interests and future.
A highlight of Multicultural March is the Premier’s Harmony Dinner, to be held at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse on March 12. This year attracting more than 1,300 community representatives and leaders, it has been limited only by the capacity of the venue.
NSW Premier Mike Baird will announce Multicultural Community Medal winners and inductees to the Multicultural Honour Roll at the gala event, hosted by the Minister for Citizenship and Communities, Victor Dominello.
“Our multicultural society is no longer a small segment of our community. It is a vital piece of our collective identity. We must continue to celebrate the unique cultures, traditions and languages of our ancestry,” Mr Dominello said today.
Joseph Tawadros, last year’s Arts and Culture Medal Winner and ARIA award recipient for Best World Music Album in 2012, 2013 and 2014 respectively, will perform at the event alongside an extensive display of other multicultural talent that will entertain guests into the evening.
The Chair of the Advisory Board of Multicultural NSW, Dr Hari Harinath, said today: “Multicultural March, the gala event and the awards, celebrate multicultural achievements and promote the benefits of our state’s cultural and linguistic diversity.
“This event is the public expression of the great advances made by Multicultural NSW over the past twelve months, which include a new vision and strategy under the banner Harmony in Action, modernised legislation and the implementation of vital reforms that have been long overdue in our Agency.”
Multicultural NSW CEO Mr Hakan Harman commented: “Harmony In Action is a three year strategy. 2014 was a significant year of reform and we will continue the transformation during 2015 with many more new initiatives to come. The Premier’s Harmony Dinner is one of our marquee events and I look forward to congratulating the winners on Thursday night.”
A full calendar of Multicultural March activities as well as details for the Premier’s Harmony Dinner are available at: www.multicultural.nsw.gov.au.
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