Harmony in the Valley

Harmony in the Valley

Harmony in the Valley at the Palais Theatre in Franklin was the first of what will hopefully be an annual event.

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Artwork by Suzy Manigan

Here in the Huon Valley we have the great fortune to be living in a peaceful and caring place, but people may not be aware of the diversity around them. The Huon Valley and surrounding areas were originally home to the Nuenonne people who lived in harmony with the land for countless generations. Since colonisation there have been waves of migration as people from all over the world have made their homes here, raising their children and enjoying all the benefits of living in this little patch of paradise.

That doesn’t mean there are never differences of opinion or values, but the right to peacefully express your opinion is a fundamental part of a free democratic society. So is the right to practice your religion and celebrate your culture.

The recent Harmony Day celebrations at the Palais Theatre in Franklin were an opportunity to for people from different backgrounds to come together to share their culture, stories, music, dances and of course food.

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Members of the Hindu Society of Tasmania cooked samosas and dosa, traditional Indian pancakes. The Hindu Society of Tasmania is a not for profit organisation consisting of migrant families originating from the Indian subcontinent, as well as Tasmanian families, who are interested in Indian culture and performing arts. One of the aims of the organisation is to teach human values, and give cultural education to the younger generation and to organise traditional Indian festivals. The Hindu Society of Tasmania also serves the various religious needs and activities of the Hindu people of Tasmania.

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Thagavini Ulaganathan, Kaninita Mathivathanan and Shreya Karunakara gave a stunning performance of Bharatha Natyam, a traditional classical dance from South India. Dance classes are held at the Migrant Resource Centre in Hobart every Saturday morning. Contact 0497 303 296 for details.

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Haji Alizada gave a moving speech about his experience of coming to Australia as a refugee from Kabul in Afghanistan.

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Representatives of the Huon Valley Aboriginal Community Janine, Rodney and Tessie displayed crafts and cultural items, and talked about their work and role in the community.

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Zainab Clark of Franklin, pictured with Aboriginal elder Rodney Dillon, gave a moving account of her personal journey in the Amensty International Community is Everything workshop.

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Dancers from Irissa Dance performed Gypsy Caravan Tribal Bellydance.

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Miriam from Morocco demonstrated the traditional art of decorating hands with intricate designs using henna.

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Graziano and Karina Ceron represented the Societa Dante Alighieri, a Hobart based group who meet regularly to promote Italian language and culture. Everyone is welcome to attend regular cultural and music afternoons and outings followed by a traditional Italian afternoon tea of wine, cheese, salami and bread. For more information contact kceron@bigpond,net.au or call 03 6244 1000.

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Montz Matsumoto gave a performance of Japanese Banjo.

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Smoky Robinson performed South African Blues.

Harmony in the Valley was organised by Rural Australians for Refugees (South-east Tasmanian Branch) and Huon Residents for Promoting Diversity. The aims were to:

  • Celebrate, support and promote cultural diversity and harmony within the Huon Valley region.
  • Highlight and acknowledge the contributions of migrants and refugees within Australia, Tasmania and the Huon Valley community.
  • Increase eduttaion and awareness of the asylum seeker, refugee and settlement experience.
  • Explore supportive, welcoming and innovative responses to asylum seekers, refugees and culturally diverse groups.
  •  Acknowledge the traditional custodians of this land as intrinsically important to promoting understanding of cultures in Australia.

Sponsors included the Multicultural Council of Tasmania, Amnesty International and Huon Valley Community Bank Branches.

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The organising team (from left) Neylan Aykut, Jane Atkinson and Kathy Wiles.

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Annette Cauchi

Annette Cauchi is a blogger and copywriter who calls the Huon Valley home. Annette is keen to promote positive things about living in Australia's southernmost municipality.

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