Bhutanese Celebration of Settlement in Tasmania
Refugee Week is Australia’s peak annual activity to inform the public about refugees and celebrate positive contributions made by refugees to Australian society.
Proudly supported by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, MRC hosted the event Bhutanese Celebration of Settlement in Tasmania to recognise Launceston as the first region in Australia to welcome people from Bhutan under the Humanitarian Settlement Program.
The celebration was hosted in partnership with the Welcome Dinner Project. The Project facilitates interaction and friendships between the newly arrived people and the broader community, using food as the universal language. An offering of one’s self, one’s culture and one’s experiences of life with another can be facilitated through food sharing.
Harmony Day celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity, inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone.
MRC North joined a stakeholder group, led by the University of Tasmania and the Tasmanian University Union, to celebrate Harmony Day.
On 20 March 2015, the University campus in Newnham came alive with the sights and sounds of over 20 culturally and linguistically diverse communities. The highlights included an evening of food and cultural performances, and a two-day soccer tournament.
Food, dress, entertainment and learning activities facilitated interaction between community members. The event was an opportunity for existing, new and emerging communities to showcase their culture, build friendships, and establish networks in a festive environment.