MEDIA RELEASE

The state’s first Harmony Week is coming!

25 February 2016


Call for Tasmanians to celebrate their cultural diversity
The state’s first Harmony Week is coming!

Tasmanians are being encouraged to celebrate their cultural differences and start planning for inaugural Harmony Week celebrations taking place from 14 to 21 March.

Today Harmony Week will be officially welcomed to the Tasmanian calendar with Minister for State Growth, Matthew Groom and members of the Multicultural Council of Tasmania joining together to share traditional food. Sharing a Harmony Week lunch or morning tea at work is just one of the ideas being promoted to Tasmanians keen to get involved.

Multicultural Council of Tasmania, Chairperson Alphonse Mulumba welcomes the Tasmanian Government's support for a week-long celebration.

"The simple act of sharing traditional food and stories with our workmates goes a long way in creating a more inclusive environment," said Mr Mulumba.

"Harmony Week is about celebrating who we are. Tasmanians have always held a strong sense of community, so it is fitting we continue to promote our sense of belonging and commitment to eliminating racial discrimination with annual Harmony Week celebrations.

"Diversity makes Tasmania stronger. Tasmanians come from over 170 countries, speak over 129 different languages and follow over 24 different faiths.

"Tasmanian workplaces, schools and community groups can all play a role in sharing the message that everyone belongs," said Mr Mulumba. 

The Week coincides with the United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on 21 March.

For ideas, resources and event registration Tasmanians can visit the Harmony Week website www.harmonytasmania.com.

For further information and media enquiries contact:

Karen Robson:  0400 278 033
Alphonse Mulumba: 0432 163 270

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