Harmony Week 2023
- Salisbury Civic Plaza (Inparrinthi Kumangka), Church Street, Salisbury SA, Australia
- Arts and culture, Community, Youth, Senior, Children, Family-friendly, Free event
- Free entry
The City of Salisbury is delighted to recognise and celebrate Harmony Week from Monday 20 March to Sunday 26 March 2023.
Our events and displays aim to facilitate a celebration of how all our differences make Australia a great place to live.
Mayor Gillian Aldridge OAM says Salisbury is a prime example of what Harmony Week is about.
City of Salisbury Harmony Week Events
Salisbury Civic Plaza/ Inparrinthi Kumangka (34 Church St, Salisbury)
Celebrate Salisbury’s rich diversity during Harmony Week
Salisbury’s Harmony Week festivities include a colourful, intercultural parade with a wide range of performances, including didgeridoo playing as part of the traditional Welcome to Country. Stay until the end to see the colourful lion dance. Other performances include come and try Egyptian belly dancing plus a range of music and dance performances from Ukraine, Italy, China, Fiji, the Philippines, Spain, Bhutan, India, Cambodia and more.
Make sure to visit the mini market hosted by the Australian Refugee Association (ARA) for a range of items, including yummy Latin American and Middle Eastern food. See sample menu here.
For those that are able to, attendees are invited to wear a traditional cultural outfit or something orange.
"Orange is the colour chosen to represent Harmony Week. Traditionally, orange signifies social communication and meaningful conversations. It also relates to the freedom of ideas and encouragement of mutual respect. Australians can choose to wear something orange during Harmony Week to show their support for cultural diversity and an inclusive Australia." (Source: www.harmony.gov.au)
Schedule for Friday 24 March:
9:30 Pre-entertainment and markets
10:15 Intercultural Parade
10:45 Welcome to Country (including didgeridoo)
11:05 Mayor Welcome
11:10 Guest Speaker Hon Zoe Bettison
11:20 Music and dance performances: Cambodian Dance, Egyptian belly dance, Ukrainian Choir, Filipino Dance, Bhutanese solo dancer, Fijian Group, Bollywood, Indian drumming, Lion Dance
1:15 Lunch: Italian Band and Spanish Music
- Del Rancho: Chargrilled homemade pork chorizos, Pinchos and grilled corn
- My Aleppo Kitchen: Tradition Syrian food including Kibbeh, Falafels, Potato Harra and Sambousik and traditional desserts
- My Fusion Kitchen: Deep fried cheese sausage, Mediterranean chicken rolls, tasting platter, hashbrowns and Basbousa
- Seven Eyes Designs: Traditional Artworks and giftlines
- Helwa Moda Boutique: imported Turkish fashion
- Sacred 8 Design: Mandala inspired artworks, jewellery and gifts
Event enquiries: 8406 8368
Do you want to find out more? Listen to a podcast from the 2021 harmony week celebration or see the video below.
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Salisbury Community Hub (34 Church St, Salisbury)
Peter Drew is an Australian artist whose work is concerned with memory, nationalism, criminality, brown paper and mythology. Peter has exhibited at many major arts institutions around Australia, though his most prominent work is installed on city streets. He is best known for his AUSSIE poster series. These posters are of people who lived in Australia and were made to apply for exemptions to the dictation test which was a function of the White Australia policy. The exemption allowed them to leave Australia and return without being racially excluded.
Ultimately the posters are an opportunity for people on the street to identify with the people in the posters. When we gaze upon the other and feel their gaze returned, we recognise oneself within the other and, for a moment, all boundaries dissolve.
Find out more about the exhibition here.
Jack Young Centre (2 Orange Ave, Salisbury)
Jack's Café located at Jack Young Centre will be offering a special range of meals for its weekly specials in celebration of Harmony Week.
The selection includes: Long Short (Asian soup), Mongolian beef served with rice, Chicken Korma served with rice, Roast Lamb and Japanese Souffle Pancake dessert.
Daily bookings essential between 8:30am to 11.30am for 12noon meal. Call 8406 8525 to save your spot and pre-order.
Other soup, meal and dessert options are also available in the regular cafe menu. Find out more on the Jack Young Centre page.
Mawson Lakes Library
Come along and celebrate Harmony Week with us through a musical journey with San Ureshi – Zhao Liang on guzheng, David Dai on erhu and Satomi Ohnishi on percussion.
Together, with their version of nursery rhymes, you will be travelling the world! For young children (2-6 yrs) and their families but enjoyed by all ages and backgrounds!
Limited group bookings are available. Please contact Community Learning Team on 84068111 to secure your childcare centre group or kindergarten session.
Tickets are only needed for children, not accompanying adults. One adult entry per child ticket.
Bookings and parental participation are essential.
"While the trio created some traditional music, the additional instruments added considerable flavour and multi-cultural dimensions; truly a celebration of the creative and various cultures through music." Clothesline
“There was an abundance of musical expertise displayed through the high quality of their compositions, arrangements, and musicianship."
"San Ureshi translates to the ‘joy of the trio’, and copious amounts of joy were evident both from the musicians and their audience who showed their appreciation through a standing ovation.”
Para Hills Community Hub (Wilkinson Road, Para Hills)
Join us for a free morning tea to celebrate Harmony Week. Bookings essential. Book here.
You can contribute to the community recipe booklet by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enquires: 8406 8468
Jack Young Centre (2 Orange Ave, Salisbury)
Come and hear acoustic duo DUALITA as they perform the most famous international songs of all time from the 60s up to now including English, Spanish, Italian, French and Portuguese music.
You're also welcome to enjoy a meal whilst enjoying the free show in the Courtyard. View the menu here. Pre-order and bookings required on Wednesday 23 March between 8:30am to 11am by calling 8406 8525 or book online here.
Burton Community Hub (380 Waterloo Corner Rd, Burton)
Come and enjoy a range of musicians and musical instruments all coming together in harmony.
Be swept away by the sweet sounds of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra as part of their free community concerts! With the charismatic conductor and presenter Martin Butler leading the way, you'll be treated to a concert of light-hearted tunes that are guaranteed to leave you tapping your toes and humming along. Join us for a delightful day out with friends and family as an ensemble of talented string players fills the air with beautiful symphonic melodies, right in the comfort of the new Burton Community Hub.
The concert program includes:
- ALEXANDER SAFFORD Folk Tune Air
- KHACHATURIAN Gayane: Dance of the Rose Maidens
- BILL CONNOR Sat'day
- PIAZZOLLA Tango Preparense
- TAKASHI YOSHIMATSU And Birds are Still
- RICHARD MEYER Guest Soloist
- TRADITIONAL Andet Brudestykke & The 30 Years Jig
- KARL JENKINS Benedictus (The Armed Man)
- BRIAN BALMAGES Irish Junkyard Jam
Limited seats available. Book here.
Enquires: 8487 1820
Salisbury Community Hub (34 Church St, Salisbury)
Come to the hub to see what a Haft-sin table looks like and learn about the different elements. Nowruz is celebrated by more than 300 million people all around the world.
What is the International Day of Nowruz?
Nowruz is the Iranian or Persian New Year celebrated by various ethnicities worldwide for over 3,000 years. It means new day in Persian and it is a festival based on the Iranian (Persian) Solar calendar, on the spring equinox.
Nowruz marks the first day of spring and is celebrated on the day of the astronomical vernal equinox, which usually occurs on 21 March. It is celebrated as the beginning of the new year by millions of people all around the world and has been celebrated in the Balkans, the Black Sea Basin, the Caucasus, Central Asia, the Middle East and other regions.
What is Haft-sin Table?
To celebrate Nowruz, people set up Haft-sin on a table at their home to welcome the arrival of spring. They place small dishes holding seven symbolic foods and spices.
The names of these foods all start with the letter 's' in Persian and so the table is called the 'seven s's' (haft-seen). The seven s's symbolise life, love, health and prosperity.
- Wheat or bean sprouts (Sabze)
- Vinegar (Serke)/ Wine
- Apples (Sib)
- Garlic (Sir)
- Wheat-based pudding called Samanu
- Wild Persian olive (Senjed)
Other symbolic objects can include, Hyacinth flower (Iranian Lavender), goldfish, Divan Hafez (is a book containing all the remaining poems of Hafez. Hafez was a Persian lyric poet), painted eggs, coin, candles, flowers, sweets, mirror, clock.
Who is “Uncle Nowruz”?
Uncle Nowruz is a legendary character originating in Iranian (Persian) folklore. According to the folklore, he appears annually at the beginning of spring (Nowruz), together with his companion Haji Firuz, to mark the beginning of Nowruz, the Iranian New Year.
Uncle Nowruz brings children gifts, much like his counterpart Santa Claus.
Monday 20 March to Sunday 27 March 2023
Families and caregivers are welcome to attend regular early years children’s programs with intercultural themes during Harmony Week.
Visit the Library Events page for regular program times and locations.
During Harmony Week, some of the Council’s community centres are also working in partnership with schools and other organisations to run intercultural events.
Enquiries: 8406 8222
For more information
To find out more about Harmony Day and Harmony Week, visit the Harmony Week Website