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Launch of Harmony Fest 2018

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Mayor of Ballarat Cr Samantha McIntosh helping to launch Ballarat’s Harmony Fest with Chinese Australian dancers: Barbara Zhang, June Wang and Julie Wang at the local library last Friday

THE community is invited to celebrate the city’s diversity when Harmony Fest returns in 2018.

The City of Ballarat’s annual Harmony Fest this year promotes the theme “All of Us”, with the city set to explode in celebration of rich cultural diversity.

The 10-day community event will take centre stage in the CBD from 16-25 March.

On Friday a Chinese dancing demonstration took place at the Ballarat Library to officially mark the in the CBD from 16-25 March.

On Friday a Chinese dancing demonstration took place at the Ballarat Library to officially mark the Now in its eighth year, Harmony Fest celebrates the diversity that makes Ballarat stronger, and a more dynamic and vibrant place to live.

Harmony Fest 2018 celebrations are a chance to learn more about Ballarat’s multicultural community through 43 individual and unique events.

Other highlights from this year’s event include: •Ustad Shujaat Khan, Indian Maestro Concert – Thursday 22 March at the Wendouree Centre for Performing Arts from 7.30 •Intercultural Gala DinnerFriday 23 March at the Mercure Convention Centre •Indigenous Hip Hop Projects Dance workshop – Saturday 24 March at Trades Hall, Camp Street between 2-4pm •East Timorese Fundraising Bushdance – Saturday 24 March from 6.30pm at Midlands Golf Club The festival will culminate with the inaugural Rock the Block youth-led culture event in the CBD on Sunday 25 March.

This party will feature four hours of continuous stage performances from headline acts Indigenous Hip Hop Projects, Bortier Okoe plus local talent Rhiannon Simpson, EMBE and Butterfunked, at Federation University’s Lydiard Street campus, from 3-7pm. The event will also include a range of activities, creative workshops, delicious food offerings and a chill-out space.

City of Ballarat Mayor Cr Samantha McIntosh said Ballarat will many diverse cultural experiences across the City.

“We are very proud that we were the signatories of the inter-cultural cities approach and I guess we can see it on our streets – we can see the pride in the people that live in Ballarat from their diverse backgrounds,” Cr McIntosh said.

“Our goal is that people will come from wherever around the world, love Ballarat and celebrate where they came from, their family history, their stories, their traditions, their religions.

“Here in Ballarat we absolutely embrace that.” For the latest news, follow Harmony Fest on Facebook.

Or to view the full program visit ballarat.vic.gov.au