MEDIA RELEASE

11 March 2016

Tasmania’s first Harmony Week kicks off!

Tasmanians are being encouraged to take part in the state’s first week-long multicultural celebration when it kicks off this Monday 14 March.

Harmony Week events are taking place across Tasmania from 14-21 March to promote community harmony and celebrate Tasmania’s rich cultural diversity.

Multicultural Council of Tasmania, Chairperson Alphonse Mulumba is heartened by the community’s response to Harmony Week.
“Harmony Week is for all Tasmanians. The message that everyone belongs will be taught in classrooms, exercised on soccer fields, embraced in workplaces and celebrated in community hospitals. 

“Harmony Week enables every Tasmanian to recognise and respect our differences and promote an environment that welcomes newcomers,” said Mr Mulumba.

“I encourage everyone to get involved in the celebrations and experience the benefits diversity brings to our state." 

The Multicultural Council of Tasmania is coordinating Harmony Week activities and events with the support of the Tasmanian Government.

Key events include:

Hobart
Friday 18th March from 4.30pm – 8.30pm
Open Night at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

Monday 21st March from 12.30pm – 2.30pm
Welcome for International, Migrant and Humanitarian Entrant Students, Elizabeth Mall, Hobart

Moonah
Sunday 20th March from 11am to 4pm
Moonah Taste of the World Festival, Benjafield Park, Hopkins Street, Moonah

Franklin
Saturday 19th March from 3pm – 7pm
Harmony in the Valley at Franklin Palais Theatre, Franklin

Launceston
Friday 18th March from 5.30pm – 9pm
Launceston Community Harmony Day at Prince's Square, Elizabeth Street, Launceston

Newnham
Saturday 19th and 20th March from 9am to 5pm
Harmony Soccer Championships at UTAS Soccer Ground

Devonport
Friday 18th March from 12noon to 2pm
Community Lunch at the Bluff, near the Devonport Surf Life Saving Club

St Helens
Saturday 19th March from 5.30pm
Harmony Dinner at St Helens Neighbourhood House

Burnie
Monday 21st March from 11.30am
Community Harmony Lunch at Burnie Park, Parklands


In addition to these key events, there are a range of activities taking place in workplaces, schools and community groups during Harmony Week. You find a list of registered events at the Harmony Tasmania 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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