Ballarat Harmony Fest 2020 will take centre stage in Ballarat from March 12-27, featuring a great range of community events at various locations across Ballarat.
Highlights of the festival include the Colours of World Cultures group exhibition, Walk with Us and Holi Festival, Intercultural Fest and the spectacular Intercultural City Gala Dinner.
Since it was launched in 2010, Harmony Fest has become the City of Ballarat’s vibrant celebration of diversity, attracting an average of 9,000 people each year.
Harmony Fest wraps around Harmony Day, the United Nation’s International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, which is celebrated on 21 March. The day encourages Australians to come together to reflect on and celebrate the many cultures that create our great city.
With figures showing Ballarat is home to migrants from 89 different countries and almost 10 per cent of Ballarat residents were born overseas, interculturalism is now a defining feature of our community.
This year’s program features events including but not limited to:
- The Harmony Fest 2020 launch and flag raising ceremony at Queen Victoria Square, opposite Town Hall, on Thursday 12 March at 10am followed by a performance by Jayden Lillyst, smoking ceremony and morning tea at Ballarat and District Aboriginal Cooperative (BADAC), 108 Armstrong St North
- Tai Chi, near Pipers Restaurant, Lake Wendouree on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 March, Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 March at 8am, presented by Mount Clear College Confucius Classroom
- The Colours of World Cultures group exhibition celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the City of Ballarat’s Intercultural Ambassador Program at Backspace Gallery, located at the Art Gallery of Ballarat, from 5-29 March
- Harmony Week Intercultural Celebration – an evening celebrating cultural diversity featuring delicious multicultural foods and special guest performances with Ballarat Community Health and Ballarat Neighbourhood Centre. Held at Ballarat Neighbourhood Centre at the Ballarat South Community Hub, Tuppen Street, Sebastopol, on Friday 13 March from 6–9pm
- Indian Kerala Food Fest celebrating authentic southern and northern Indian food with music and stalls at St Patrick’s Parish Hall, 3 Lyons Street South on Saturday 14 March at 5.30pm
- Twilight Market presented by Ballarat Regional Multicultural Centre (BRMC). Held at the Ballarat Welcome Centre, 25-39 Barkly Street, Bakery Hill on Friday 20 March, 5-8pm
- Baháʼí Naw Ruz (New Year) – a festive celebration to usher in the Bahá’í New Year, held at the Ballarat South Community Hub, on Friday 20 March from 6-8.30pm
- The Walk with Us and Holi Festival of Colours – featuring throwing of the colours from 12pm. Presented by the Centre for Multicultural Youth and the Ballarat Indian Association along with supporting partners on Saturday 21 March, 11am-3pm
- The Intercultural City Gala Dinner featuring a three-course dinner and live entertainment featuring multicultural performers Amaru Tribe, Mitch Tambo, Nesian Pearl and Hanz on drumming. Held at the Mercure Convention Centre on Friday 27 March at 6.30pm