Free concert in Kewdale a celebration of multiculturalism

Nour Jasser, Eman Salin and Basmah Ibrahim at last year's Harmony Week Concert.
Nour Jasser, Eman Salin and Basmah Ibrahim at last year's Harmony Week Concert.

THE City of Belmont will celebrate Harmony Week and Closing the Gap at a free concert on March 19.

Former Australian Islamic College Kewdale student Aisha Novakovich will be the MC at the event.

Mrs Novakovich has been training City of Belmont staff and councillors in cultural awareness programs.

“I think the City of Belmont is a very vibrant community with a lot of great facilities, very culturally diverse,” she said.

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She said the City had put a lot of effort into developing a multicultural strategy and action plan to raise cultural and racial awareness around issues facing residents.

“They are really aware of what a strong and vibrant multicultural policy looks like and had a lot of consultation and community engagement in developing it.”

Formerly held on one day, Harmony Week is a nationwide celebration of multiculturalism and inclusion of all members of the community.

The free outdoor concert at Tomato Lake in Kewdale will include a World Harmony Walk, traditional cultural dancing and performances by the Wadumbah Dance Group, Sam Maher and homemade instruments.

Mrs Novakovich said celebrations were a positive sign of the growing appetite for social inclusion and changing demographics of places like Belmont.

“People are more broad-minded and accepting of social differences,” she said.

She said Belmont’s Harmony Day concert was about “having fun, celebrating differences and forming friendships outside social circles”.