This week is Cultural Diversity Week, a time to celebrate the many cultures which make up our wonderful community.
The Ballarat Harmony Fest is held this time each year to celebrate the diversity that makes our city stronger, and a more dynamic and vibrant place to live.
It’s signifi cantly important we come together to refl ect on, and show appreciation for our community’s diversity – it is this rich cultural diversity that makes our city such a wonderful place to live.
Ballarat is a city that embraces people from a diverse range of backgrounds. Whether we were born here or we chose to come and live here, we are all Australian and we all belong.
Now in its eighth year, Ballarat Harmony Fest continues to provide everyone an opportunity to learn about Ballarat’s multicultural community through more than 40 events around the city.
Numbers have been strong in six days of the festival so far, and we expect thousands more over the next four days.
For the fi rst time, the festival will this year culminate with a youth-led culture event in the CBD on Sunday 25 March – Rock the Block Culture Fest.
The Lydiard Street South precinct of Ballarat’s Federation University campus will be transformed, featuring four hours of stage performances, workshops, food, activities and stall holders.
Or if it’s food you’re a fan of, this year’s Harmony Fest will also feature 16 local restaurants plating up a range of cultural cuisine, as part of the Tastes of the World food trail.
I encourage everyone to get involved in all of the incredible, dynamic events taking place across our great city I hope you continue to enjoy Ballarat Harmony Fest it’s an incredible celebration of our cultural diversity. And it’s made possible thanks to the outstanding efforts and enthusiasm of people and businesses from a range of diverse backgrounds, all working together.
You can view the full program at ballarat.vic.gov.au
Ballarat Mayor Cr Samantha McIntosh