Embracing Harmony Day

THE NARACOORTE community celebrated Harmony Day with a week of activities.

Friday morning a collaborative even with the schools and kindergartens in the district was held.

Students each performed an item to their peers, parents and other community members following the 2014 Harmony Day theme "everyone belongs".

Naracoorte Primary School started things off with the "fox dance" before Sunrise Christian School took to the stage to act out a story book.

Next Michelle DeGaris Memorial Kindergarten sang "Children of the World" before Frances Primary School performed the song "Smile".

Naracoorte South Primary School then busted out some dance moves to the Vanessa Amorosi hit "Absolutely Everybody".

Last on the program was the "Macarena" in which everyone joined together to perform.

Later that evening locals returned to the square for the Harmony Day "Taste the World Food Festival".

Several stalls with crafts, traditional costumes and foods were set up by different cultural groups and Naracoorte's Rotary, Lions and Scout groups were also present.

There were two live performances - Gulzari Mohammad Ali played a dambura, which is an instrument from Afghanistan similar to a guitar, and Mrs Vickery sang a couple of Austrian songs.

During the week there were also four shipping containers set up in the town squares for people to explore.

Each was filled with a different activity highlighting cultural diversity and decorated by the schools and kindergartens.

Visitors could relax and enjoy a film, check out "my journey" photos, view an art and craft display, put a string line on a map of the world from Australia to their country of origin or play a fun game.

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