Multicultural harmony was on full show at Circular Quay throughout the 18th Annual Children’s Festival on March 20.
Over thirty performance groups portrayed the diversity and harmony of New South Wales in one of the most colourful presentations imaginable. The onstage entertainment program attracted a huge audience.
Children wearing the costumes of dozens of cultures including Bulgaria, Iraqi Chaldeans, Slovakia and Nepal danced and sang to the traditional and modern music of their former homelands.
They also participated together in drumming, painting and martial arts classes, amusements and animal petting, all at Circular Quay.
While speaking on the occasion, The Federal Assistant Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Craig Laundy MP said, “Children are the future of Australia and an inspiration to the whole community.”
“Besides promoting peace and harmony within the community, the Children’s Festival encourages understanding between different cultures and faiths by reinforcing children’s positive values,” added Laundy.
He described the founder of the festival, Thuat Van Nguyen, as a true visionary.
Laundy’s sentiments were echoed by Clr Irene Doutney representing the Lord Mayor of Sydney and Dr Eman Sharobeem, Advisory Board Member, Multicultural NSW.
Founding leader of the Children’s Festival Organisation, Thuat V. Nguyen, praised the children’s dedication and discipline on stage bringing thoroughly professional performances to the public gathered at Circular Quay.
“Some of the dancers and singers were under five, yet they never missed a beat and delighted the crowds with their charm and talent. This demonstrates that even the youngest in our multicultural society appreciate the value of their parents’ cultures and the great gift they represent for the whole Australian community,” said Nguyen.
“The uniqueness of our nation is in great hands with the littlest Australians embracing their heritage and wanting to share it with everyone else,” said Nguyen.
“I want to thank all the sponsors including Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, Multicultural NSW, Settlement Services International, Metro Assist, Scouts Australia, City of Sydney (Living in Harmony Festival 2016) and other project partners. I look forward to working with them and many others in 2017,” he added.
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