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Icons Go Orange For Harmony Day

20 Mar 2013


Immigration News

Iconic buildings in the heart of Canberra will turn orange on Wednesday night as the national capital prepares for Harmony Day.

The federal government sponsors the day each year as a chance for all Australians to celebrate the many things that make the country unique.

More than 50 events will be held in the ACT on Thursday, with community groups, schools and businesses becoming involved.

Black Mountain Tower, Old Parliament House, the National Museum, the National Library and Questacon will be bathed in orange, the official colour of Harmony Day.

In the ACT, events include a craft workshop at the Canberra Institute of Technology's Adult Migrant English Program, refugee guest speakers organised by the St John the Apostle Parish in Kippax and numerous morning teas.

Multicultural Affairs Minister, ACT Senator Kate Lundy, said orange represented a shining reminder of the strength of Australia's diversity and multiculturalism.

The theme underpinning this year's celebration is "Many Stories, One Australia" emphasising that each of Australia's 22 million citizens has a unique story to tell, she said on Wednesday.

"The stories which make up the broader Australian narrative are varied and unique, and this year's theme aims to bring to light the amazing diversity amongst Australia's citizens.

"Australians have been encouraged to reflect on their journey and share it with others, in workplaces, on social network sites, at schools or within their communities.”

Immigration Minister Brendan O'Connor said since Harmony Day began in 1999, almost 50 000 events have been staged across Australia as community groups, schools, churches, local governments and the business community celebrate the cultures that make Australia a great place to live.

"Harmony Day is a fantastic opportunity to reflect on the unique sense of belonging which has grown from Australia's multicultural foundation,” he said.

“Together we can showcase the spirit of the cultural diversity which has made Australia what it is today.”

Source: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/icons-go-orange-for-harmony-day-20130320-2gep2.html


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