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The Newcastle Unity in Diversity Festival 2016

On Sunday 5th June Newcastle will celebrate the diversity of our city and the wonderful benefits it brings. The Newcastle Unity in Diversity Festival is inviting all Novocastrians to share and learn about cultures for an early start to the national Refugee Week celebrations.

The event will begin at Newcastle Museum at 11am for a welcome walk to Civic Park where the festival will take place.

The festival will highlight the diverse cultures of our town with live music, multicultural stalls, delicious food and children’s activities like face painting, badge making, henna and hair braiding.

Check out all the great stuff happening on the day below, and visit the Refugee Action Network Newcastle’s Facebook page for more information.

PERFORMANCES

Awabakal Welcome and Smoking ceremony
Aboriginal dancers and didgeridoo player
Samba Frog – Brazilian performance
Indian dance performance
Newcastle Sri Lankan Sinhalese dancers
Indonesian fire dancer (kiki)
Earthen Rhythms African Drum & Dance

FREE WORKSHOPS

Jamo jamo Arts drumming
Circus Avalon 12pm-1pm
David the Magician 1pm-1.30pm

INTERACTIVE ACTIVITIES AND STALLS

‘Free spirit’ Indigenous artwork
Indigenous jewellery
Language and craft lounge (Learn a language and traditional crafts)
Face painting
Children’s Playdough corner
Afghan Henna
Mauritanian African Hair braiding
ACON – Badge making and lots of cool things
Amnesty International – Children’s fun activities corner
Newcastle Muslim women’s group – hijab trying and Arabic writing
STARTTS – Art Mandela’s and potato cut outs
Waratah High school students – Nepalese, Bhutanese, Afghan traditional writing and activities
Grandmothers against detention – Guessing competition
Hunter Peace group

FOOD

Ethiopian food and coffee
Congolese African food
Afghani Kebabs
Hare Krishna vegetarian food
Magic Carpet – Persian and kids food
Mauritanian African Sweets and drinks
Sausage Sizzle
Bella’s coffee
Hand crafted cordials and snow cones.

SPEAKERS

Awabakal
Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes
Mozhgan Umary – Young Afghan speaker and Diana Rah
Therese Doyle – Refugee Action Network Newcastle
Sheikh Khamis – Wallsend mosque
Hamissi Mwembe – Congolese African speaker
Sharon Claydon – Federal Member
David Shoebridge – State Senator
Sister Di – Refugees and Partners – will lead crowd into the song ‘ I am, You are, We are Australian’.

Written by Newcastle Live

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