Ballarat Harmony Festival 2014

FOOD, friendship and culture were shared when Harmony Fest took over Alfred Deakin Place yesterday.

Coinciding with Cultural Diversity Week, the annual celebration began with the colourful Federation University Parade of Nations.

The City of Ballarat’s Intercultural Advisory Committee chair John Philips said the Chinese community linked with the council to run this year’s festival and put on a number of events.

In one of the highlights, the Bendigo and Melbourne Chinese lion teams wowed the crowds with their display of Chinese lion dancing at the Mining Exchange.

“In the past three years there has virtually been a doubling of the crowd each year,” Cr Philips said.

“I think it’s important we continue to do this.”

Cr Philips said with live multicultural performances, food and market stalls and music, there was something for all ages to enjoy.

“It’s Ballarat’s way of acknowledging that we are a multicultural community and we celebrate our cultural diversity,” he said.

“This is our fourth year of Harmony Fest and it is continuing to get better every year.”

Ayen Wakuk (Sudan)
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Ayen Wakuk (Sudan) PIC: JEREMY BANNISTER

Kenny Nguyen, Angela Cao
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Kenny Nguyen, Angela Cao PIC: JEREMY BANNISTER

Rachel Kpogo, Viviane Aziawor and Lamourette Folly
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Rachel Kpogo, Viviane Aziawor and Lamourette Folly PIC: JEREMY BANNISTER

Eltayeb Moa, Achiol Kai
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Eltayeb Moa, Achiol Kai PIC: JEREMY BANNISTER

Brazillian dancers and drummers perform for the crowd PIC: JEREMY BANNISTER

Brazillian dancers and drummers perform for the crowd PIC: JEREMY BANNISTER

Meire de Mello (Brazil)
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Meire de Mello (Brazil) PIC: JEREMY BANNISTER

Anu and Ananda Gurung (Nepal)
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Anu and Ananda Gurung (Nepal) PIC: JEREMY BANNISTER

Aldona Kmiec (Poland)
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Aldona Kmiec (Poland) PIC: JEREMY BANNISTER

Thane Bourne and son Owen, who found the Brazillian drumming a bit loud
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Thane Bourne and son Owen, who found the Brazillian drumming a bit loud PIC: JEREMY BANNISTER

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Aisha Aboulfadil (Morrocco) PIC: JEREMY BANNISTER

Aisha Aboulfadil (Morrocco) PIC: JEREMY BANNISTER

Chinese Dragon operators
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Chinese Dragon operators PIC: JEREMY BANNISTER

Charles Zhang (China)
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Charles Zhang (China) PIC: JEREMY BANNISTER

Sussila Dhapaliya, Laxmi and Dambori Yonzon (Nepal)
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Sussila Dhapaliya, Laxmi and Dambori Yonzon (Nepal) PIC: JEREMY BANNISTER

Journalist Gopal Prasad Thapaliya, Editor in Chief of Chhalphal National Weekly in Nepal.PIC: JEREMY BANNISTER

Journalist Gopal Prasad Thapaliya, Editor in Chief of Chhalphal National Weekly in Nepal.PIC: JEREMY BANNISTER

 Opera singer Shu-cheen Yu took time off from rehearsals from The King and I in Sydney to perform
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Opera singer Shu-cheen Yu took time off from rehearsals from The King and I in Sydney to perform PIC: JEREMY BANNISTER

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Meire de Mello (Brazil)
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Meire de Mello (Brazil) PIC: JEREMY BANNISTER

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Tony Lovett PIC: JEREMY BANNISTER

Tony Lovett PIC: JEREMY BANNISTER

Emily, Alyson and Nkosi Mlupi
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Emily, Alyson and Nkosi Mlupi PIC: JEREMY BANNISTER