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Harmony Day draws 800 to Newnham

Amelia Yarrow, Mata Down, Lalene Down and Achalie Down performed traditional South Pacific dances

More than 800 people flocked to Harmony Day celebrations at the University of Tasmania’s Newnham campus this week.

The record crowd made the most of the entertainment and food on offer, despite Bureau of Meteorology forecasts of heavy rain in Northern Tasmania.

Event spokeswoman Leanne Arnott said she was delighted UTAS staff, students and the wider community had all turned out to support the event.

This year’s Harmony Day event was the largest of its kind organised at Newnham, and included Malaysian, Chinese, African, Persian and Iranian musical performances,
a traditional Chinese dragon and food and entertainment from around the world.

“It was a great atmosphere – there was such a broad cross section of our community, from our international students to the migrant communities around the region,” Mrs Arnott said.

“The staff really got behind this event and supported it – I was thrilled that so many UTAS staff were there.

“I think it really did achieve what we set out to achieve, which was to see all these different cultures socialising together, enjoying the entertainment, enjoying the food and having a great time.”

Image: Amelia Yarrow, Mata Down, Lalene Down and Achalie Down performed traditional South Pacific dances.

Published on: 23 Mar 2011 12:06pm