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Celebrate cultural diversity and strengthen our community

TASMANIANS are encouraged to celebrate their cultural differences and start planning for Harmony Week celebrations, which will take place from 14 to 21 March.

Harmony Week was officially welcomed to the Tasmanian calendar with the Minister for State Growth Matthew Groom and members of the Multicultural Council of Tasmania joining together to share cuisine from around the world.

Multicultural Council of Tasmania chairman Alphonse Mulumba said he welcomed the Tasmanian Government’s support for a weeklong celebration.

“Sharing a Harmony Week lunch or morning tea at work is just one of the ideas being promoted to Tasmanians who would like to get involved,” he said.

“The simple act of sharing traditional food and stories with our workmates goes a long way in creating a more inclusive environment.

“Harmony Week is about celebrating who we are.”

Mr Mulumba said Tasmanians had always held a strong sense of community, so it was fitting that they continued to promote individuals’ sense of belonging and work to eliminate racial discrimination with annual Harmony Week celebrations.

“Diversity makes Tasmania stronger,” he said.

“Tasmanians come from more than 170 countries, speak more than 129 different languages and follow more than 24 different faiths.

“Tasmanian workplaces, schools and community groups can all play a role in sharing the message that everyone belongs.”

Tasmania’s Harmony Week celebrations will coincide with the United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on 21 March.

For Harmony Week celebration ideas, resources and event registration visit www.harmonytasmania.com

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