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Harmony Week Outdoor Film Night

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by Carolyn Hopping (subscribe)
I'm a freelance writer based in Perth, Western Australia, who enjoys writing about the things I love: travel, nature-based activities, the arts, spirituality and creative, fun activities for children.
A vibrant and inspiring celebration for everyone
2013 is the tenth anniversary of Harmony Week, a Western Australian multicultural community relations initiative which was conceived to celebrate the wonderful cultural, religious, linguistic and ethnic diversity which is to be found within our state. Here in Perth, the City of Vincent is one of our most culturally diverse communities, and on Friday, 15th March from 6pm until 9.30pm it will be holding World Celebration Day, a special event which includes a mini world food, music and film festival at Hyde Park.

This image is from Wikimedia Commons (by DIAC Images)
This image is from Wikimedia Commons (by DIAC Images)

The City of Vincent boasts a large and vibrant multicultural community with 43% of its residents born overseas, 39% of which were born in non-English speaking countries. To truly represent this diversity, World Celebration Day aims to feature as many of these countries as possible in its program.

Image is from the 11Eleven Project website.
Image is from the 11Eleven Project website.

The evening kicks off at 6pm with the popular world music band, Village Vibes, led by South African-born percussionist and marimba player, Alastair Van Schoor. This cool band is extremely danceable with pulsating drums, awesome harmonising and the unique sound of the African merimba. This exultant and family friendly performance is definitely one which should not be missed, and will be sure to get everyone, old and young, up on their feet, dancing.

Following the performance by Village Vibes, at 8pm there will be a presentation on the big screen of retro movies and dance clips from around the world by VJzoo, accompanied by a cool electro swing soundtrack which will also be certain to inspire you to dance. When this concludes, the highly-acclaimed 11Eleven Project will be presented, which will continue until 9.20pm.

Image is from the 11Eleven Project website.
Image is from the 11Eleven Project website.

The 11Eleven Project is a unique creative work which presents the story of Planet Earth on November 11th, 2011, through a collage of movie footage, sounds and music. While only representing a fragment of the plethora of world events from that particular day, the film is a touching tribute to our world and the human experiences which we all share. To create this monumental project, people from 179 countries around the world contributed footage of their lives, homes and experiences: a fitting conclusion to a local festival which celebrates the colourful and very diverse world in which we live. The 11Eleven Project is entirely not-for-profit. Whatever proceeds it makes goes to charity. Have a look at the 11Eleven Project website to find out more.

In conclusion, World Celebration Day promises to be a special night out which will be suitable for the whole family. For the event, Hyde Park (the grassy part, close to the corner of William and Vincent Streets) will be adorned with festive decorations, lanterns and fairy lights. A sumptuous assortment of international food stalls will be selling their creations, or alternatively, pack a picnic at home and take it along with you, to enjoy in the park.
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Why? This great family night out is a celebration of WA's wonderful cultural diversity.
When: 15th March, 2013, from 6pm until 9.30pm.
Where: Hyde Park, near the corner of William and Vincent Streets.
Cost: Free
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