Celebrate our diverse city with food and fun times

Celebrate our diverse city with food and fun times

Watch Persian martial arts, make delicious Chinese and Spanish sweets or take part in a multilingual poetry slam as part of Sydney’s annual celebration of cultural diversity, the Living in Harmony Festival.

More than 28 unique events will run from 1 March to 30 April, produced by the City of Sydney in collaboration with more than 35 community groups.

“More than 40 per cent of Sydney’s 170,000 residents were born overseas,” the Lord Mayor said.

“We have such a rich cultural life – and whether it’s through food, performance or fashion, that’s something we should celebrate.”

One of the highlights of the festival is the Poetry Has a Thousand Faces multilingual poetry slam at Customs House on Thursday 21 March, timed to coincide with World Poetry Day.

Produced by Word Travels the event will see writers from all cultures and backgrounds slamming it out with spoken word poetry.

The two-month long Living in Harmony Festival also hosts exhibitions, film nights and dozens of workshops, all celebrating the vibrant culture and collaborative spirit of our diverse communities.

Offering up the best of Sydney’s unique cultural talents, this year’s workshops include the chance to cook international desserts, see national costumes from around the world, learn a Persian martial art and brush up on your cultural intelligence.

For more information, visit livinginharmonyfestival.com.au


Other highlights include:

Saturday 9 to Sunday 10 March


Thailand Grand Festival

Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour

The city’s 3,500-strong Thai population will put their food, handicrafts, music and dance on show at this popular annual event. The festival also promises visiting performance troupes and specially-imported Thai delicacies.

Free. Bookings not required.


Tuesday 19 March


Sydney’s Changing Multicultural Mix: Trends and Stats from Census 2011

Redfern Town Hall

73 Pitt Street, Redfern

Learn how and why Sydney’s multicultural mix and its established communities are changing. The discussion will explore the implications of these trends for government, services and communities.

Free. Bookings essential on 02 9319 0288 or admin@eccnsw.org.au


Wednesday 20 March


Sweet Harmony

Ultimo Community Centre

40 William Henry Street, Ultimo

Learn recipes and taste traditional desserts from China, Spain, Malaysia and other countries at this sweets workshop, which features demonstrations from ‘grand-master’ chefs.

Free. Bookings essential on 02 9246 7823.


Thursday 21 March


Poetry Has a Thousand Faces

Barnet Long Room, Customs House

31 Alfred Street, Circular Quay

A multilingual poetry slam presented by the City, Art Gallery of NSW, Instituto Cervantes, Spanish Community Care Association, TAFE NSW Sydney Institute and Word Travels.

Free. Bookings not required. For more information email info@wordtravels.info


Sunday 31 March



Barnet Long Room, Customs House

31 Alfred Street, Circular Quay

Zurkhaneh in Persian means ‘house of strength’ but it’s also the name for a martial art that goes back thousands of years. Don’t miss this free performance and beginners’ workshop to learn more about this ancient sport of values and wisdom.

Free. Bookings essential on 0410 627 746 or info@aic.org.au


Friday 5 April to Sunday 7 April


Holi Mahotsav

Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour

This three-day festival brings an array of Indian and other cultural performers together. With a theme of harmony, friendship and colour, festival-goers will take part in events from yoga and meditation to street procession and dance.

Free. Bookings not required.


Saturday 13 April


Indo-Aus in a Day

Alexandria Town Hall

73 Garden Street, Alexandria

Sample some spicy Indonesian delicacies while exploring the richness of the culture through arts and crafts displays, a costume parade and interactive workshops.

Free. Bookings essential on 0430 239 039, 0433 982 859 or mimiprasetia.smi@gmail.com


Saturday 13 April


Fusion Fiesta

Barnet Long Room, Customs House

31 Alfred Street, Circular Quay

Celebrate Sydney’s diversity at this showcase of vibrant national costumes from Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Hawaii, Indonesia, India, China, Spain and more. Attendees can also enjoy tai chi and dance demonstrations, or take part in an invigorating workout of the body and mind.

Free. Bookings essential on 0438 195 062, 0411 487 821 or m.legaz@spanishcare.org.au


Wednesday 17 April


Fairy Bread and Wings Day

Redfern Community Centre

29-53 Hugo Street, Redfern

This family fun day will acknowledge and celebrate the diverse nationalities that make up our community. Children will be encouraged to wear wings and make fairy bread and there will also be face painting and a family photo booth.

Free. Bookings essential on 02 9288 5715 or kkarasulas@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au


Popcorn Youth Film Feast

Enjoy films made or inspired by young people, documentaries with sustainability themes and fun activities accompanied by free popcorn.

Tuesday 19 March


Bran Nue Dae screening

Turner Hall (building b), Level 1, TAFE NSW Ultimo College

Corner of Harris and Mary Ann streets, Ultimo

Young people shouldn’t miss this special free screening of the 2010 Australian film Bran Nue Dae, starring Jessica Mauboy, Missy Higgins, Deborah Mailman and Geoffrey Rush. Directed by Rachel Perkins, this coming-of-age musical comedy celebrates family, forgiveness and reconciliation.

Monday 15 April


Redfern Community Centre

29-53 Hugo Street, Redfern

This all-day youth-focused film festival will feature screenings of local and international short films, documentaries and features.


For media enquiries or images, contact City of Sydney Senior Media Adviser Jodie Minus phone 0467 803 815 or email jminus@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

For interviews with Lord Mayor Clover Moore, contact Matt Levinson on 0427 044 768 or email mlevinson@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au