Published on 17 March 2023

Harmony Week - Where everyone belongs

This year’s Harmony Week is jam-packed with events hosted by the City of Onkaparinga.

Harmony Week, held 20 to 26 March, celebrates diversity and brings together people from all different backgrounds.

The council’s events will run across the week and include a range of cultural experiences, from cooking and art to languages and lectures.

For the more culinary-inclined, there are classes on Moroccan mint tea, Indian cooking and matcha tea (teamed with Sashiko-embroidery card-making).

If it’s brain food that’s wanted, the Noarlunga library will host Ted Talks that explore the theme ‘Expanding ways of thinking about identity’. 

Or hear Mark Koolmatrie from Kool Tours talk about why Country is important to First Nations people and how everyone can learn to respect and care for the land.

There is also a crash course in six different languages, including an introduction to the customs and etiquette of each culture.

For those interested in extending their arts experience there is Djembe (African) drumming, Taiko (Japanese) drumming or mandala art.

Children can make wind catchers, take part in an art workshop with a multicultural theme, or listen in on Harmony Week story time. They can also join Studio 20’s Game On program at Aldinga Beach to game with friends and decorate rocks with a diversity theme.

If all of this is a bit too busy, there’s a meditation workshop that will soothe the spirit or a social gathering at the Coromandel community centre to relax with friends new and old.

The council's Harmony Week events are located in its libraries, community centres and youth centres right across the region. Most are free, with charges kept to a minimum for a small number of events.

Harmony Week coincides with the United Nations' International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

To book and see the complete list of events, see the council’s Harmony Week webpage.