UTAS at Newnham is inviting the northern community to jump into Harmony Day events tomorrow (23 March) starting at 3.30pm with a soccer match and international food and entertainment from 6pm.
Community engagement manager Jo Archer said Harmony Day celebrations aim to build understanding of the social and cultural benefits newcomers bring to our community.
“We want to invite families, community groups and individuals, especially neighbours of the university here to meet and mix with our newcomers. Many of the performers will be UTAS students and members of the migrant community,” she said.
Many school children will be involved in events with an international theme but the big afternoon drawcard will be a soccer match played by people of 12 nationalities - the Launi Allstars team (predominantly African players) versus the AMC team (from India, UAW, Fiji, Samoa and Tonga).
The match will be refereed by Captain John Lloyd, director of the AMC’s National Centre for Ports and Shipping.
*Community Harmony Day celebrationsincluding a formal welcome ceremony, 5.30pm, with Professor Janelle Allison and Launceston’s deputy mayor Jeremy Ball, where the winning soccer team will receive trophies supplied by the Launceston City Council, soccer players will receive medallions and international students certificates.
Entertainment and food for everyone begins at 6pm with Chinese dancing, singing and lute playing, Indian table performance, Taiko drumming, Liberian singing and much more. Food will include international food stall, an Aussie BBQ and drinks from the Tamar Wine Route.
An exhibition of international student art will be on and activities for kids include Nolan’s Flying Circus, hair braiding, a jumping castle and face painting.
Image: Launceston deputy mayor Jeremy Ball is surrounded by members of the Launi Allstars and the AMC soccer teams as he shows off the winner trophies.