Everyone Belongs - Harmony Day

Published on 07 March 2018


Harmony Day celebrates cultural diversity and builds respect and inclusiveness, and everyone is invited to Taree Library on Tuesday 20 March for activities reflecting on the theme Everyone Belongs.

We're partnering once again with the Manning Valley Neighbourhood Centre Inc. and the Migrant Settlement Project to reflect on our community, our acceptance and inclusiveness of all cultures.

We're calling on locals to help us map our cultural diversity in an interactive display from now until Harmony Day. Simply pop into the Taree Library and check the world map, Australian map showing the First Nations and our local MidCoast Council regional map.  Feel free to place a dot on any of the maps showing where you are from - we're hoping to collect a lot of dots and get a visual representation of our diversity.

Kicking off on Tuesday 20 March at 10.30am, we will be hosting performances by Wingsong Choir and Taree High School's Indigenous Dancers Djarii Burraydjar and Girambit Wanggaliyn, followed by a delicious multicultural morning tea. This is a chance to check out the maps and the dots, connect with others at the event and have a great time!

After a cuppa and chat, we'll screen films including Charlie's Country and Constance on the Edge.

In Charlie's Country, displeased with the intervention of whitefella laws, Charlie takes off to live the old way and sets off a chain reaction of enlightening difficulties.

Constance on the Edge is a film about refugee resettlement and what it takes to belong. Filmed over 10 years, Constance on the Edge is an unflinchingly honest portrayal of one refugee family’s resettlement story in Australia.  Constance on the Edge gets to the heart of a contemporary untold story about the courage and resilience it takes to build new lives.

The films highlight the important role communities play in encouraging a sense of belonging and enabling participation for everyone.

The event is free, but bookings are necessary for the film screenings. For tickets and more information, please visit midcoastlibraries.com.au/events.

During March parents and carers of preschool aged children can bring their children to MidCoast Libraries to enjoy stories from around the world, craft and a morning tea in celebration of our cultural diversity. Check your library for times and details.