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Everyone Belongs: 21 March 2018


March 21 marks Harmony Day in Australia, which is an important day for all Australians to come together and celebrate the vast diversity of cultures. This day also marks, International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. As such, it provides a good opportunity to reflect on Australia’s multicultural successes and also the commitment required to ensure that those successes continue into the future.

The theme of Harmony Day this year was “Everyone Belongs’.  The Settlement Council of Australia and its members organised a series of public events on March 21, 2018 to celebrate our vast cultural diversity.

Harmony Lunch

A lunchtime celebration of Harmony Day was jointly hosted by SCOA, MARSS, Legal Aid ACT, Australian Red Cross, Companion House and Multicultural Youth Services ACT in the Theo Notaras Multicultural Centre.

The CEO of Settlement Council of Australia, Nick Tebbey stated at the event “Australian culture is as broad and diverse as the country’s landscape. Australia is multicultural and multiracial, and this is reflected in the country’s food, lifestyle and cultural practices and experience.”

The audience enjoyed traditional and cultural performances, such as the African drum performance, Thai dance performance, and Italian folk songs performance. In addition, traditional cuisine from around the world was abundant.

Special Film Screening – “Ali’s Wedding” at Palace Cinema, Acton

Apart from the lunchtime celebration, in celebrating Harmony Day, SCOA and MARSS also organised a special film screening of popular Australian movie, “Ali’s wedding” in the evening. This film was released in 2017 as Australia’s first feel-good Muslim rom-com. The film showed a real-life based story of Ali, son of a Muslim cleric found himself caught between his sense of duty and following his heart, to follow through with his arranged marriage, or be with the girl he loves.

The audience enjoyed the Australian movie whilst also learning something new about the Muslim communities living in Australia.

Harmony Day is about inclusiveness and understanding each other’s cultures and celebrating diversity. The audience were able to celebrate Harmony Day by gathering together and celebrating the diversity within Australia.

The Settlement Council of Australia would like to thank all who attended and contributed towards our Harmony Day events.



A Mon Performance (Photo Credit: Australian Red Cross)

Celebrating Cultural Diversity (Photo Credit: Australian Red Cross)


CEO of SCoA welcomes guests at the screening of Ali’s Wedding.