Always wanted to take the family globetrotting, or immerse yourself in cultural experiences but never had the time or money – well this year’s Coffs Harbour Harmony Festival allows you to travel the world without leaving home, and you can afford to take the kids to!
The festival takes place at the North Coast Regional Botanic Gardens on Sunday March 25 and is a celebration of the beauty of cultural diversity and the common ground that we all share.
“We are so lucky here in Coffs Harbour that we have such a culturally diverse community. The ability to be able to share our stories and experiences with each other is truly special,” said Mayor Cr Denise Knight.
“Featuring musicians, food and experiences from across the globe the festival is a fantastic opportunity to broaden your horizons and involve yourself in other cultures.”
Festival space Common Ground will offer authentic cultural experiences including an Ethiopian/Eritean Coffee Ceremony, Henna decoration, the opportunity to sit and crochet with Syrian women, or have a game of checkers with Afghani men.
The Beats & Feets dance and drumming tent will feature dance and drumming workshops and a cross-cultural disco with DJ’s from diverse cultural groups spinning the tracks, transporting you to another time and place.
Trace your own ancestral journey to calling Coffs home on the monster sized map of the world and add your story to the Many Hands Many Threads cultural tapestry.
There is also plenty for the kids to do at the Cardboard Cubby Kingdom, Playdough Palace, dance workshops and craft space then kick back with some free popcorn, listening and dancing to the world class musicians performing on the main stage.
Festival goers can also work with acclaimed local Gumbaynggirr artist Alison Williams to create a giant carpet snake – the local creator spirit – for the massive community parade at the culmination of the festival featuring a gigantic cross-cultural dance off led by local legend Travers Ross.
Celebrating everyone’s journey to calling Coffs home, come and uncover your common ground.
The fun begins at 9.30am and entry is by gold coin donation