Darwin celebrates and invites visitors to its multicultural community

Published on : Friday, May 29, 2015

Darwin celebrates  its multicultural communityDarwin will be celebrating harmony and multiculturalism at the Darwin Waterfront Harmony Soiree this weekend.

Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Peter Styles, said the event showcases the vibrant and diverse multicultural community in Darwin.

“The Northern Territory Government will host the Darwin Waterfront Harmony Soiree, in collaboration with the Darwin Waterfront, Multicultural Council of the Northern Territory and Darwin Community Arts,” Mr Styles said.

“The Northern Territory is rich with cultural diversity and the Harmony Soiree is an excellent opportunity to reflect on our common values of community participation, inclusion, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone.

“The Territory is a blend of the oldest living cultures on earth and migrants from all over the world, and we truly are the envy of the rest of Australia in terms of multiculturalism.”

“Through performances and food provided by various multicultural associations, around 25 multicultural community groups will showcase their culture as part of this event.

“You can learn how to make Chinese sticky rice balls, and write Chinese and Arabic calligraphy.

“There will be a variety of stalls with food from the Philippines, Indonesia and Sri Lanka to tempt your taste buds.

“I encourage everyone to attend and enjoy this free event.”

Ganesh Adhikari from the Nepalese Association of the NT Inc said the event is a beautiful treat for the senses.

“The beauty of the night can only be felt by being present. The event captures all the human senses and beyond,” Mr Adhikari said.

“The music, the smell and taste of the foods, the feel and sight of the traditions says a lot about the harmony between different communities here in Darwin.

“Having the event at the Beautiful Waterfront is the icing on the cake.”

The floating lantern flotilla at 7:30pm will be a highlight of the evening, with many beautiful candle-lit lanterns being released across the Waterfront lagoon at dusk.

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