This year will see the return of the Harmony Soiree hosted at the Darwin Waterfront.
Cancelled last year due to COVID-19, the Territory Government is bringing this event back for the community to enjoy, to support local business and local multicultural groups.
Running for 10 years now, the Harmony Soiree is the biggest multicultural event of the year in Darwin, and provides an opportunity for Territorians to celebrate and embrace the different cultures of the world.
The event will see more than 18 community stalls and feature 20 cultural groups from various corners of the world including China, India, Vietnam, Madagascar, France, Nigeria and Nepal.
Northern Territory Government Harmony Grants totalling close to $35,000 were awarded this financial year to 22 multicultural organisations. The majority of these recipients will be using the funding for their involvement in the Harmony Soiree 2021 through community cultural stalls and performances.
Other multicultural groups used their Harmony Grants funding to run cultural ceramic classes, Harmony Day breakfasts and cultivating peace workshops.
The Harmony Day Soiree will be held at the Darwin Waterfront on Saturday 1 May from 4pm.
Quotes from the Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Kate Worden:
“Multiculturalism is a vital part of the Top End’s vibrancy.
“It is wonderful to see this event back on the events calendar, as one of our many beloved celebrations that was unfortunately cancelled due to COVID-19. It’s a great sign for the Territory that our multicultural festivals are back and testament to the resilience and fortitude of our communities.
“Our Community groups have been working hard to bring you lively performances and a range of delicious foods, vibrant cultural activities and items which showcase and celebrate their culture – I look forward to seeing you at the Harmony Soiree!”
Quotes from Darwin Waterfront Corporation Events and Marketing Manager, Jessica McAneney:
“This year is seeing the return of many cultural events to the Top End and Darwin Waterfront is excited to host the 10th anniversary of Harmony Soiree.
“The largest multicultural event of the year, we are delighted to be welcoming back over 20 community groups to share their food, music, performances and culture with the Darwin community.”