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Regional Arts Development Central West NSW

CASP Stories:  Harmony Day Orange

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Multicultural music, entertainment, food and more were enjoyed at the Orange Harmony Day community festival event on 13 April 2024. This is a day where everyone belongs and multiculturalism is celebrated.

Feature Artists included the local Latin group Ally who have been sharing their skills in workshops across the Central West in the lead up to Harmony Day bringing the multicultural and general community together to experience and drum a beat and connect. The series of activities has provided Ally with opportunities to showcase and celebrate Afro-Peruvian, Brazilian and Andalusian music styles and rhythm patterns in one concert and four workshops.

During the Harmony Day celebrations many other groups and performers wowed the crowds including African Circus and Dance Performer Lucky Lartey, Laddu and his Bhanga dance group, Arfican drumming group ZimPrice and Justin Buchta from Just Circus.

Specialty dishes and flavours from the Ukraine, Sri lanka, Philipines, Indonesian, Indigenous Australia and more meant there was something yummy for all.  There was also a National Dress Cultural Fashion Parade.

This series of events with Ally is supported by the NSW Government’s Country Arts Support Program (CASP) through Arts OutWest. The CASP is a devolved funding program coordinated locally by the 15 regional arts development organisations in NSW on behalf of the NSW Government (Via Create NSW). In 2024 eight arts activities across the NSW Central West are sharing in $17,000 in CASP funding for small locally initiated arts activities.

A number of groups are involved in this project including Orange Council, Cabonne Council and Spare Parts Invests in Arts Inc which is a Sydney-based not for profit who is committed to promoting and celebrating Latin Australian musicians, dancers and poets in combination with jazz musicians. They present original music based on Afro-Peruvian, Brazilian, Andalusian and Chilean traditional music styles. In this project they have organised these workshops and concert along with promotional and financial contributions.

For information on the Migrant & Refugee Support Service (Orange City Council), contact Anni Gallagher, Migrant Support Officer, mob: 0409 458 156.

Image credits: Alan Sadleir