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Harmony Day celebrates cultural diversity

By Katie Weiss

Students Enggar Daranindra (left) and Emilda Charista Pratiwi joined in the fun at CDU’s Harmony Day festival Students Enggar Daranindra (left) and Emilda Charista Pratiwi joined in the fun at CDU’s Harmony Day festival

Students have celebrated the wonders of cultural diversity during Harmony Day events at Charles Darwin University’s Casuarina campus.

CDU’s Office of International Services coordinated a multicultural festival, which had live music and traditional art and dance workshops running throughout the afternoon.

Senior International Student Advisor Casey Hollway said the festival acknowledged the university’s growing international student base.

“On Harmony Day we celebrate what makes us different and also what unites us as Australians,” Ms Hollway said.

“Multiculturalism is extremely important to the university.”

Students sampled international food and learned cultural practices, such as henna tattoo making and Chinese calligraphy. A soccer match wound up the event.

“The idea behind the festival was to have fun and create a socially inclusive atmosphere,” Ms Hollway said.

She said the event was so successful that plans were underway to hold a Harmony Day festival across all CDU campuses and centres next year.

The event was supported by the Charles Darwin University Student Association.

Students from CDU’s Adult Migrant English Program also celebrated Harmony Day with a light supper at the Alice Springs campus and a fashion parade at Casuarina campus.

View the Harmony Day fashion parade image gallery