Celebrate Harmony Day

Whitehorse News - March 2020


In an effort to maintain public health around the COVID-19 virus and in response to a number of community groups cancelling their involvement, Whitehorse City Council has cancelled its outdoor public event, Global Fiesta, scheduled for Sunday 15 March. Find out more.

Celebrate Council's Harmony Day event, a day of inclusion and respect in the community.

What is Harmony Day?
Harmony Day celebrates cultural diversity in our community and pays tribute to the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The message of Harmony Day is ‘everyone belongs’ and the theme for 2020 is 'Curiosity. Conversation. Community'. Global Fiesta is a great opportunity to embrace the cultural diversity of our community, celebrating the vibrancy and depth this diversity brings to our lives.

Global Passport
The Global Fiesta passport opens up a world of fun. Collect your passport at the information tent, learn about diverse cultures and try a range of fun games and activities to receive passport stamps on your way to collecting some fantastic prizes.

Food Fiesta
Take your tastebuds on a tantalising multicultural journey. Enjoy a variety of cuisines from across the globe.

Cultural Diversity in Whitehorse
Whitehorse has an incredibly diverse population. Collectively we represent over 160 cultures and speak 114 different languages. 38 per cent of Whitehorse residents were born overseas, with China the leading country of birth followed by India and the United Kingdom, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Sri Lanka and New Zealand. Diversity is our strength. 

Global Stage
Watch and join in with exciting performances of world music and dance from some of Whitehorse's diverse cultural groups. Be mesmerised by the ever popular Superhoodz dance crew as they bust moves and grooves. There will be street dance workshops at 12.20pm and 3pm. 

Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony
A Wurundjeri Elder will lead the community through a traditional Smoking Ceremony. The leaves from the balga (grass tree), wattle and other plants are smouldered on a small fire. The smoke is used to cover the participants’ bodies, ridding them of what is not needed, purifying the area and warding off bad spirits.

Whitehorse City Council acknowledges the Wurundjeri people as the traditional custodians of the land upon which the Global Fiesta is taking place.