Harmony Fest to celebrate ‘all of us’

MELBOURNE Renegades, a Western Bulldogs mascot and the city’s marquee athletes are ready to help kick off cultural celebrations across the region.

A ‘come and try’ day at Ballarat High School on Sunday morning aims to unite everyone in the universal language of sport for City of Ballarat’s annual Harmony Fest. It is a chance to hone skills in football, soccer, basketball and to play for glory in the Harmony Cricket Cup.

The 10-day festival program, which starts this weekend, is packed with flavour, music, film and special events. This year’s festival theme is ‘All of Us’.

Ballarat restaurants are preparing to showcase unique cultural cuisines on their menus for the first time on the Harmony Fest program.

This will build towards the inaugural Intercultural Cities Gala Dinner at Mecure Ballarat on Friday night. The dinner will celebrate Ballarat’s diverse communities and the city’s membership to the Council of Europe’s Intercultural Cities Network.

Other festival highlights range from comedy to cooking, bollywood to busking, Auslan to international films, living books to ‘la rumba’, holi, henna, exhibitions, dancing, music and story-telling.

Harmony Fest is set to back up what has been a big fortnight of festivals for the city, following street light show White Night and the annual three-day Ballarat Begonia Festival.

For more information follow Harmony Fest (City of Ballarat) on Facebook.

The festival program is online, ballarat.vic.gov.au

Harmony: Ballarat will be united in the universal language of sport at Ballarat High School on Sunday for Harmony Week. Picture: Luka Kauzlaric.

Harmony: Ballarat will be united in the universal language of sport at Ballarat High School on Sunday for Harmony Week. Picture: Luka Kauzlaric.