Melbourne - Black Harmony Forum & Black Harmony Gathering 2014

Multicultural Arts Victoria in association with Warrior Spirit Art Collective

From Convicts to Boat People: Colonisation, Migration and Historical Hypocrisy

Wednesday 19 March
6:30-8:30pm
Fitzroy Town Hall, Napier St Fitzroy, Reading Room
FREE EVENT

The Black Harmony Forum, entitled 'From Convicts to Boat People: Colonisation, Migration and Historical Hypocrisy' include speakers Robbie Thorpe, indigenous activist from the Krautungalung people of the Gunai Nation, Jessie Taylor, human rights barrister, refugee advocate and film maker, Taqi Khan, celebrated Hazara (Afghan) musician and former asylum seeker and Peter Rotumah, Gunditjmara/Bunitj pioneer of the Aboriginal protest song. Catering will be supplied by Mission Australia's indigenous youth training social enterprise, Charcoal Lane.

The Forum will be facilitated by Calca Edwards, niece of iconic indigenous musician and Black Harmony Gathering founder, Kutcha Edwards. Calca previously completed a MAV traineeship in 2009 and 2010, funded by the Besen Family Foundation. This year she's back in the office with the Black Harmony team, helping to coordinate this year's event.

Held during Cultural Diversity Week (15-23 March 2014), the Black Harmony Forum embraces the principles of reconciliation, diversity, social inclusion, respect and the breaking down of racism. With a strong commitment to respecting indigenous beliefs, values and customs, people of all cultures are invited meet, learn from each other and build a future together.

The Black Harmony Forum is presented by Multicultural Arts Victoria in association with Warrior Spirit Art Collective, supported by the City of Yarra and the Victorian Multicultural Commission, as part of Cultural Diversity Week March 15-23, an opportunity for all Victorians to come together to share friendship and culture.

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Multicultural Arts Victoria and the Warrior Spirit Art Collective presents

KOORIE AND MULTICULTURAL MOB SHARING CULTURE
March 2014

On 16 March 2014 Multicultural Arts Victoria and the Warrior Spirit Art Collective present
the annual Black Harmony Gathering - a colourful and vibrant celebration of local Koorie and emerging refugee cultures under the gum trees by the Yarra River, in the heart of Wurundjeri land.

People of all cultures are invited to come together in a spirit of harmony and reconciliation to enjoy the gathering. The only event of its kind, Black Harmony Gathering annually celebrates the UN’s International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and national Harmony Day. A beautiful afternoon of free music and dance with indigenous, vegetarian and cultural delights, creative children’s activities and cultural ceremonies from Yarra and beyond!

The first gathering in 2004, held in Melbourne’s northern suburbs, saw a small group of local Koories, South Africans and Somalis come together at a neighbourhood BBQ, to share ideas about how to help each other overcome discrimination. Over time, the BBQ has evolved to become a popular and important feature of Melbourne’s cultural calendar and has showcased hundreds of established and emerging indigenous and multicultural artists and craftspeople.

MAV’s Black Harmony Gathering promotes reconciliation, diversity, social inclusion, respect and the breaking down of racism. The gathering provides a chance for people from all cultures to make music together, sing, dance, learn about each other, showcase and be proud of their culture, hear each other’s stories and make long-lasting cross-cultural connections and friendships.

This year the gathering will be accompanied by the Black Harmony Forum, held from 7-9pm on Thursday 20 March, at the Northcote Uniting Church, 251 High Street, Northcote. The forum, entitled “From Convicts to Boat People: Colonisation, Migration and Historical Hypocracy” will feature speakers from indigenous and newly-arrived migrant/refugee backgrounds, as well as refugee advocates.

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