A festival of colours, food and dancing as Geraldton celebrates Harmony Day

Jamie ThannooGeraldton Guardian
Members of the Pesona Indonesia Association Dance Group.
Camera IconMembers of the Pesona Indonesia Association Dance Group. Credit: DAVID BOYES

One of the biggest days in Geraldton’s multicultural calendar went off without a hitch as the community came together for Harmony Day celebrations last Saturday.

Dancing, live music, and delicious meals from across the world were all on offer at Stow Gardens, and the festivities were accompanied by warm temperatures and clear blue skies.

On stage, guests could see dances from a globe-spanning list of performers, from nations including India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and China.

With the grounds packed with food trucks, patrons could also grab a bite from cuisines including Mexican, Cocos Malay, Italian, Indian and French food

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Harmony Day, known in many other countries as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, is a day to promote and celebrate equality and tolerance.

Midwest Multicultural Association president Tom Mwangi said Harmony Day provided an opportunity to celebrate Geraldton’s vibrant multiculturalism.

“We utilise this day to celebrate our diverse cultures in the town, it’s just a great opportunity whether it’s food, fashion or dance, to tap into that,” Mr Mwangi.

Mr Mwangi said the day saw a great turnout, and thanked locals for their support.

“It’s great that we can be supported by the community,” he said.

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