The traditional and indigenous dances of Nepal and Indonesia, together with the music of Latin samba rhythms, will be among the highlights of this week’s Harmony Day celebrations.
This year’s Harmony Day Fiesta will be held on Saturday from 4pm to 8pm in the Southcourt area near the gallery and library precinct.
Mayor Reg Kidd said food from across the globe will a major drawcard at the event.
“When communities come to Orange from across the world, they bring the richness of their culture to share, and a good example of that diversity is food,” Cr Reg Kidd said.
“Orange is a much more interesting place for our brilliant range of international restaurants and diverse food.
“On Saturday we’ll be able to celebrate that diversity by tasting delicacies such as Singaporean Biriyani, South American Empanadas, Nepalese dumplings, Indian dosa, Irish Stew and Japanese-inspired Asian dumplings.
As well as a display of cha-cha dancing, people will be able to try their hand at a latin-style salsa dance lessons or a drumming workshop.
The sporting highlight of the city’s Harmony Day celebrations will be at 8pm on Friday night when local Indigenous teams take on multicultural teams in the fourth staging of the Harmony Cup at the Waratah Sportsground.
The free event is being organised by volunteers with support from Orange City Council and a grant from Multicultural NSW.