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Food, music, dance and language centre stage at this year’s Diversity Festival

Compassion and belonging are set to be the hero ingredients at this year’s Newcastle Celebrating Unity in Diversity Festival.

The food, language, music and dance celebration will take place on Saturday 19 June at the city’s Foreshore Park.

Now in its sixth year, the family-friendly event marks the start of Refugee Week 2021.

With a focus on highlighting and celebrating the cultural diversity of the city’s residents, organiser Jo McGregor said the annual extravaganza was continuing to gain widespread support. 

“This year more than ever, we are proud of creating a large-scale celebration of humanity, diversity and belonging in our region,” she said.

The festival will include several stages hosting more than 20 performances and workshops and many international food stalls. 

The Language Lounge, Ms McGregor says, will return, “along with traditional workshops, hair braiding and drumming workshops. 

“NSW health will also be there providing COVID safe resources and information in many languages,” she said.

“The community is encouraged to meet at the Newcastle Foreshore for the Welcome Walk at 11am, which is a festival tradition showcasing solidarity of unity through diversity.”

An Awabakal Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony will follow the walk, kickstarting festivities that will include international food stalls, Tibetan throat singing workshops, drumming workshops, cultural theatrical performances, as well as Latin and Congolese dance workshops.

“A world language lounge will allow participants to learn to say a greeting and their name in another language,” Ms McGregor said.

The Festival is sponsored by City of Newcastle, the University of Newcastle and STARTTS and is held in conjunction with Unity in Diversity, Refugee Action Network Newcastle, Zara’s House, Dept of Education and the Multicultural services sector of Newcastle.

For more details visit the Newcastle Unity in Diversity World Food and Music Festival Facebook page.

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