Harmony Day picnic at Walka Water Works

PRIDE: The first Harmony Day picnic at Maitland's Walka Water Works celebrated the city's diversity through food. Picture: Carleen Corrie

PRIDE: The first Harmony Day picnic at Maitland's Walka Water Works celebrated the city's diversity through food. Picture: Carleen Corrie

An eclectix mix of cultures were on display at Maitland’s inaugural community Harmony Day at Walka Water Works this month.

More than 50 people, representing Estonian, Pakistani, Pilipino, Tamil, Fijian, Welsh, Jewish Christian and Muslim cultures, took part in the event.

In the lead-up to the event, organiser Valli Meyyappan told Fairfax Media the Harmony Day picnic would run as a more casual and communal version of Maitland City Council’s Riverlights Multicultural Festival.

“This was a wonderful event where we were able to welcome people from different communities,” Ms Meyyappan said.

This was a wonderful event where we were able to welcome people from different communities - Valli Meyyappan

“With the warm weather and all these people it’s just been a perfect day”.

Harmony Day celebrates cultural diversity and coincides with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in late March.

Organisers are pushing for a larger event in 2018 and will hold a series of picnics over the coming year, with the first on Sunday 24 September to welcome new arrivals to the local community.

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