Harmony Week celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity. We celebrate inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for all Australians, from the traditional custodians of the land to those who have come from many countries around the world. Harmony Week occurs in March each year and includes 21 March, the United Nations' International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
The ongoing theme of Harmony Week is ‘everyone belongs’. Harmony Week is a time of cultural respect for all. By participating in Harmony Week activities, we can learn and understand how all Australians equally belong to this nation and enrich it.
Orange is the colour chosen to represent Harmony Week. Traditionally, orange signifies social communication and meaningful conversations. It also relates to the freedom of ideas and encouragement of mutual respect. Australians can choose to wear something orange during Harmony Week to show their support for cultural diversity and an inclusive Australia.
2023 Harmony Day
To celebrate Harmony Week, City of Ryde is partnering with CASS, CMRC and Relationships Australia NSW to run a FREE event and we would like to invite our community members to join us.
There are a number of cultural performances from Chinese, Korean, Italian, Indian, Armenian and other groups. We also have face painting, limbo, muscial statues games and ribbons dancing for kids.
We encourage you to wear your traditional clothes or something orange (clothing, hair accessory, jewellery , tie, socks, nail polish etc.) and join us for the fashion parade show at the end of the event.
When: Saturday, 18 March 2023
Time: 1.30 pm - 3.30 pm
Where: West Ryde Plaza, Anthony Rd, West Ryde
Cost: Free, registrations essential.
Parking is available at Coles and Woolworths.
For all enquiries regarding this event, please contact our Community Development Team on 9952 8300 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2022 Harmony Day Gallery
View photos below of the 2022 Harmony Day held at Top Ryde City and Meadowbank Park.
2021 Harmony Day Online Event
Together with the Community Migrant Resource Centre, we created three videos featuring messages and discussions, as well as cultural performances including music, dance and spoken word by members of our community.
The videos highlighted the diversity of community settings in which culture is created, performed, and celebrated across the City of Ryde. They also provided information about our local organisations and community groups and introduced the City of Ryde’s Multicultural Ambassadors Program and Ambassadors.
Click here to watch the Harmony Day Videos