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Harmony Day to kick off at Newnham

Soccer players practice angry faces

Two rival soccer teams have been practicing their best angry faces in the lead-up to Harmony Day at the University of Tasmania’s Newnham campus.

The Launi Allstars and the AMC Destroyers – two teams made up mainly of international students -- will take part in a friendly match as part of Harmony Day.

During their final practice before the big game, the two teams took some time out in an attempt to strike fear into the hearts of their opposition.

Harmony Day is an event aimed at bringing different communities together to celebrate and learn more about cultural, economic and social diversity.

This year’s Harmony Day will be held at Newnham on Tuesday, March 22, and the event will literally kick off at the Newnham campus from 4pm, with a match between the Allstars and the Destroyers.

Other events include a welcome ceremony for newcomers, food and entertainment from around the world, craft displays, and activities for kids.

Event spokeswoman Leanne Arnott said Harmony Day was about celebrating diversity in Tasmania’s community.

“In doing so we hope to build understanding, empathy and appreciation for all cultures,” Mrs Arnott said.

“UTAS has partnered this event to support our international and culturally and linguistically diverse students, as well as our local community where many migrant communities have settled.”

Some of the other highlights from the UTAS 2011 Harmony Day program include:

  • The Javanese Gamelan Orchestra
  • A traditional Chinese dragon
  • Malaysian, Chinese, African, Persian and Iranian musical performances
  • Jumping castle, face painting and Nolan’s Arc Flying Circus
  • The Taiko Drummers
  • “Climate change in the South Pacific” photography exhibition by Rodney Dekker

The full program can be found at

Picture: Bakari Sammir, Sherwin Saldanha, Daniel Leay and Dennis Pratt practice their angry faces.

Published on: 21 Mar 2011 3:15pm