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Multicultural March

Multicultural March
Multicultural NSW promotes community harmony and social cohesion in one of the most culturally diverse states in the world. We come from more than 307 ancestries, speak 215 languages and dialects, and follow 148 different religious beliefs. In Multicultural March, events across NSW are supported by the State Government in show of its determination to foster a society where everyone can make a commitment to our community and economy.
 
Harmony Day, taking place each year on 21 March, is an initiative of the Commonwealth Government and is an opportunity for all Australians to celebrate living in a culturally diverse society, to say no to racism and to re-commit to the values of harmony.
 
Find out about events taking place in communities across NSW this Multicultural March.
 
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ICC T20 World Cup Australia 2020 - South Africa v. Pakistan and England v. West Indies

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Sunday 1 March (3.00pm & 7.00pm)
Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park

The ICC T20 World Cup is the flagship international Twenty20 tournament, organised by the International Cricket Council. The women’s competition is taking place throughout February and March. Ten teams participate in the women’s event; the top eight teams according to finishing position in the 2018 tournament in the West Indies and the top two teams from the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup event.

ICC T20 World Cup Australia 2020 - Pakistan v. Thailand and West Indies v. South Africa

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Tuesday 3 March (3.00pm & 7.00pm)
Sydney Showground, Sydney Olymic Park

The ICC T20 World Cup is the flagship international Twenty20 tournament, organised by the International Cricket Council. The women’s competition is taking place throughout February and March. Ten teams participate in the women’s event; the top eight teams according to finishing position in the 2018 tournament in the West Indies and the top two teams from the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup event.

Wansolwara: One Salt Water

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Tuesday 3 March - Saturday 18 April
Multiple venues

A multi-venue exhibition celebrates artists from across the Pacific through video, installation, performance and a range of other projects. The event name loosely translates to “one ocean, one people”, explaining what draws the region together.

Holi, the Festival of Colours

Sunday 8 March (11.00am-5.00pm)
Freame Park, Rees Street to Burnett Street, Mays Hill

Holi, the Festival of Colours, is a Hindu festival celebrating the arrival of Spring. This event is hosted by the Federation of Indian Associations of NSW and will feature performances by a range of Indian language groups like Hindi, Punjabi, Tamil, Gujrati and Marathi.

Sri DurgaDevi Devasthanam Chariot Festival

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Sunday 8 March (11.00am - 12.00pm)
Sri DurgaDevi Devasthanam, Regents Park

2nd annual Chariot Festival by Sri DurgaDevi Devasthanam, a not for profit charity which provides religious, cultural and social services to South Asians living across Western Sydney. In its first year, 4,000 devotees attended. 

Japan Supernatural

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Until Sunday 8 March
Art Gallery of NSW, Art Gallery Road, The Domain

Featuring over 180 works by Japanese artists past and present, Japan Supernatural invites you to step into the shadows and come face-to-face with an array of phenomenal beings including ghosts, goblins and shapeshifters. The exhibition features a monumental installation of painting and sculpture by Takashi Murakami.

Parramasala

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13-15 March (various times)
Prince Alfred Square, Parramatta

This year, Parramasala celebrates a decade of diversity with a program paying tribute to ten years of cultural wonder. Come along, and join over 35,000 Sydneysiders collectively reveling in live music and incredible dance, mouthwatering multicultural fare, plus the iconic opening parade, as Parramatta’s Prince Alfred Square and its surrounds are transformed into a bustling cornucopia of cross-cultural experiences.

International Cultural and Fun Fair

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Saturday 14 March (12.00pm-6.00pm)
International Peace Park, Jean Street, Seven Hills

Blacktown is a city of diverse cultures - home to over 350,000 people representing around 188 birthplaces and 182 different languages. This event will bring those communities together to break the barriers of social isolation, and raise awareness of the rich cultural resources and connections.  There will be cultural music performances, showcase of traditional outfits, exhibition of food, children's activities and more.

Rainbow Holi - A Festival of Colours

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Saturday 14 March (1.00pm-5.00pm)
Sydney Park, 416 Sydney Park Road, Alexandria

A queer inclusive celebration of the Hindu Holi festival, celebrating the arrival of Spring. This event will bring together people of diverse sexuality, ethnicity, religion, gender, class and age, promoting equality. Attendees can play with holi (coloured powder), and enjoy food stalls, cultural activities, performances and dancing.

Cooma Multicultural Festival

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Sunday 15 March (10.00am-3.30pm)
Centennial Park, Cooma

Cooma Multicultural Festival is a full day festival in central Centennial Park with over 25 cultural performances and a variety of community foodstalls. This festival brings together local multicultural communities and residents to promote cultural awareness and harmony.

The Bondi Beach Latin American Festival

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Sunday 15 March (12.00pm-8.00pm)
Queen Elizabeth Drive, Bondi

Bondi Pavilion will host a vibrant celebration of Latin American food, music, dance and cultures. Sizzling street market stalls and the best of Sydney’s live Latin-influenced music, DJs, dance lessons, traditional folkloric performances and a colourful parade.

Your Voice, Your Future

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Thursday 19 March (6.30pm-9.30pm)
Marrickville Library Pavilion, 313 Marrickville Road, Marrickville

Young adults are invited to attend this event centred on a new interreligious statement for Sydney - share your thoughts, ideas and hopes for a harmonious, interreligious society. The Sydney Statement is an initiative of the Columban Centre for Christian-Muslim Relations in partnership with Western Sydney University and is being overseen by a Steering Committee of representatives from different religions.

Shellharbour 'Cultural Treasures' Multicultural Festival

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Saturday 21 March (11.00am-3.00m)
Reddall Reserve, Lake Illawarra

Shellharbour City Council's 'Cultural Treasures' Multicultural Festival is back again in 2020. Cultural Treasures coincides with Harmony Day, celebrating Shell Harbour’s rich cultural diversity.

Dacey Gardens Harmony Festival

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Saturday 21 March (12.00pm-4.00pm)
Dacey Gardens, Daceyville

A one-day festival celebrating cultural expressions of people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds living in the surrounding Eastern suburbs and Southeast Sydney. This festival will promote the talents, vitality and diversity that people from CALD  backgrounds bring to Australia and feature live performances, cultural exchange activities by various community groups and multicultural fashion show from over 12 cultural groups.

Byron Harmony Festival

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Saturday 21 March (12.00pm-10.00pm)
5 Dalley Street, Mullumbimby

Held each year in the iconic Mullumbimby Civic Hall, the Byron Harmony Festival is the the largest festival of its kind in the NSW North Coast.  With over 250 performers on stage for a 12-hour concert representing all world cultures. Natty Dolaiasi will be the special international guest for the 2020 festival.

Port Macquarie Harmony Day Fun Walk

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Saturday 21 March (1.00pm-3.00pm)
Flynn's Beach Surf Club, Port Macquarie

Celebrating Australian multiculturalism and migrants in the local community, a Fun Walk along the beautiful Port Macquarie coastal paths wearing orange in celebration of Harmony Day. This will be followed by entertainment, activities and cultural food.

Lakemba Harmony Day Night Market & Movie Screening

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Saturday 21 March (Markets from 4pm, film from 7.15pm)
Jubilee Reserve, Cnr Bellevue Street & Railway Parade, Lakemba

Canterbury City Community Centre will host a Harmony Day night market and screening of The Lion King, encouraging people from a diverse range of cultures to come together, shop and watch a movie.

Lambing Flat Chinese Festival

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Saturday 21 March (4.00pm-8.00pm)
Anderson Park, Lovell Street, Young

The Lambing Flat Chinese Festival is an annual celebration of the multicultural history of Young. During the Gold Rush of the 1800's Young had a turbulent time when Chinese and European miners clashed leading to the reading of the Riot Act at Lambing Flat (Young). Regrettably, Chinese people were not made welcome and  were forced from the goldfields.  This vibrant, modern multicultural festival highlights and celebrates Chinese ingenuity, culture and the community's valuable contribution to the Young region over the past century.

Orange Harmony Day Fiesta

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Saturday 21 March (4.00pm-8.00pm)
South Court, Byng Street, Orange

The Harmony Day Fiesta 2020 will bring people together in celebration of community diversity and harmony in Orange. The event will include multicultural entertainment, interactive cultural displays, stalls and cultural food opportunities in the beautiful new open air community space within the Library, Gallery and Museum precinct at South Court area.

Miller Harmony Day

Wednesday 25 March (2.30pm-5.00pm)
David O'Brian Building, 30 Woodward Crescent, Miller

Harmony Day in Miller will provide the opportunity to bring the local community together and instil a sense of community pride and knowledge, foster community self esteem, raise awareness and strengthen relationships.

St John's Park Harmony Day

Friday 27 March (11.00am-1.00pm)
Prairiewood High School, Restwell Rd, Prairiewood

This Harmony Day Festival aims to bring together the voices, traditions and unique art forms of musicians, dancers and vocalists of Fairfield, Liverpool and beyond. Through the beauty of music, local and visiting artists will present a rich repertoire that brings their cultures to life.

The ZEST Awards

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Friday 27 March (5.00pm-9.30pm)
ANZ Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park

The ZEST Awards, led by Western Sydney Community Forum, have celebrated 950 outstanding projects and individuals from the Western Sydney community across the past nine years. With the Premier of NSW as patron, the ZEST Awards showcase the great work of the Community Sector across the region and promote a positive image of Western Sydney by highlighting the community's diversity and innovative work.

Newcastle Croatian Fešta - Celebration of Croatian Culture

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Saturday 28 March (2.00pm - midnight)
Croatian Wickham Sports Club, 20 Albert Street, Wickham

Newcastle Croatian Fešta is the opportunity for the local community to engage with the traditional food, dances, music, language of the Croatian community enriching the local neighbourhood. Featuring performances by guest folkloric groups from established sister clubs in Sydney, and young traditional group Pajdasi, the event will also rekindle cultural connection in the next generations of the local Croatian diaspora.

NSW Premier's Harmony Dinner

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Saturday 28 March (7.00pm-11.00pm)
ICC Sydney, 14 Darling Drive, Sydney

Hosted by the Minister for Multiculturalism, in the presence of the Hon. Gladys Berejiklian MP, Premier of New South Wales, the Premier’s Harmony Dinner is a glittering gala to recognise and celebrate the significant contributions made by our multicultural leaders. Attended by over a thousand representatives of our diverse State, the evening is a sit down cultural dress or black tie dinner, featuring incredible special performances.

The program includes the announcement of those to be inducted into the Multicultural Honour Roll in recognition of their outstanding achievements in contributing to and building the successful multicultural society we enjoy today. The Premier also presents the Premier’s Multicultural Community Medals recognising outstanding achievements in building community harmony, contributions by young people, community service, regional communities, and business, to name a few.

Coffs Harbour Harmony Festival

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Sunday 29 March (9.30am-2.30pm)
North Coast Regional Botanic Garden, Coffs Harbour

The Coffs Harbour Harmony Festival is all about connection, interaction & uncovering common ground - not just consuming and observing but a whole community coming together to play, make, do, dance, learn & share together. 20+ local cultural communities devise & drive their own interactive experiences where perspectives & culture is shared from a place of pride & everyone is empowered to do the welcoming. The Melting Pot will feature dancing and the Common-Ground Cafe will feature cross-cultural collaborations - Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony meets CWA-led High Tea & cross-cultural cook-off to immerse yourself in rich history, stories & people behind the food.