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2015 Black Harmony Gathering announced

BY Jade Ouk | 04-Feb-2015
The 2015 Black Harmony Gathering will present an exciting program of live music, dance, food and activities on Sunday 15 March, 1pm-5.30pm, FREE at Fairfield Amphitheatre that will bring together the diverse local Indigenous and newly arrived cultures in Victoria. The day will feature: one of BHG founders Kutcha Edwards and Friends, the sensational Alt-Latin band Funkalleros, eminent guitarist and singer Dave Arden, The Burundian Drummers, Sounds of Polynesia, young soul star Lawrence Austin Jnr, a special Koorie BBQ featuring kangaroo and emu from Warburton, dance workshops, kids’ activities and more. @multiartsvic

The first gathering in 2004 held in Melbourne’s northern suburbs saw a small group of local Koories, South Africans and Somalis come together at a neighborhood BBQ to share ideas about how to help each other overcome discrimination. Over time the BBQ has evolved to become a staple gathering for the community and a popular and important feature of Melbourne’s cultural calendar, showcasing hundreds of established and emerging Indigenous and multicultural artists and craftspeople. Black Harmony Gathering promotes reconciliation, diversity, social inclusion, respect and the breaking down of racism.

Now in its 12th year, the annual Black Harmony Gathering continues to coincide with Victoria’s Cultural Diversity Week celebrations and embraces the principals of reconciliation with a commitment to respect the beliefs and customs of Australia’s First People and newly arrived cultures.

Celebrate Victoria’s Indigenous and newly arrived exceptional talent on this significant day with a picnic rug, cushion and your dancing shoes for a fun afternoon on the gorgeous banks of the Yarra!

Sunday 15 March 1pm–5:30pm
Fairfield Amphitheatre, Fairfield Park Drive (off Heidelberg Road), Fairfield
Walk or ride the Main Yarra Trail or catch the train to Fairfield Station, just 16min from Melbourne’s CBD.

Friday 20 March, 6.30pm–8.30pm
Reading Room, Fitzroy Town Hall, 201 Napier St, Fitzroy

Supported by the City of Yarra, Creative Victoria and the Victorian Multicultural Commission.