Cindy Singh (India), Bakoi Boulon   (Torres Strait) and Martina Baumer (Austria) were keen to promote world peace at Harmony Da
Cindy Singh (India), Bakoi Boulon (Torres Strait) and Martina Baumer (Austria) were keen to promote world peace at Harmony Da

Cultures mixed at Knox Park Harmony Day



TWEED'S rich cultural mix came together yesterday in a celebration of its diversity and harmonious co-existence.

National costumes abounded at the Harmony Day festival run by the Murwillumbah Community centre at Knox Park.

Several hundred people turned up for the festival of fun, food and music after being welcomed by elders of the Bundjalung people.

Murwillumbah Community Centre manager Deb Marks said it was the sixth year her organisation had run the event and it had always enjoyed tremendous support.

Austrian participant Martina Baumer said she loved the village atmosphere generated by the festival.

"It reminds me of my little village back home."

Ms Baumer said she was part of a group of ladies who regularly visited schools to impart a little of their own culture.

"They love it when I demonstrate a bit of Austrian music and yodelling."

Also on the school circuit are Cindy Singh, a member of the Murwillumbah Sikh community, and Bakoi Boulton from Murray Island in Torres Strait.

Wearing a pink sari yesterday, Ms Singh said school children were always full of questions.

Ms Boulton, who wore a floral dress and headdress of flowers, specialises in showing school children how to weave.



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