The Harmony Day markets held at the weekend were a huge success, with picture-perfect weather, breathtaking performances and incredible stalls – it was a feast for the senses, celebrating Gunnedah’s rich culture and diversity.
From Chinese opera to Bollywood dancing, live music to free popcorn and snow cones, there was something for everyone to enjoy and take part in.
The markets were a collaboration between Two Rivers Art Council, Multicultural Women’s Association, Gunnedah Shire Council and Gunnedah Family Support, with Multicultural NSW and the state government helping with funding for the day.
Multicultural Women’s Association’s Yee Tan said many of the members who performed made their costumes from scratch.
“Everyone has done an amazing job,” she said.
“I am so proud of the Multicultural Women’s Association, putting on such beautiful performances especially as many are volunteers.
“It was a wonderful day for everyone to participate in. There was a free flower bracelet workshop, free henna and face painting and jumping castle, so it truly was a day everyone could enjoy.”
Two Rivers Art Council’s Kyle Smith, said there were 49 stalls, making it the second biggest market they have held.
“It was fantastic to see so many people enjoying the day,” Mr Smith said.
“The weather was perfect and there was something for everyone.”
Gunnedah Shire councillor Kate McGrath was the master-of-ceremonies for the day, with fellow councillor Colleen Fuller officially opening the Harmony Day market.
“It truly was a community celebration,” Cr Fuller said.
“It was a privilege to officially open proceedings and I am proud to see the rich diversity and culture of Gunnedah.”
RIGHT: Abu Bakkar Siddique, Mowsuimi Akter and Ahnaf Siddique at the Gunnedah market day on Saturday.
BELOW: The Latin Dance group – members of the Multicultural Women’s Association.To order photos from this page click here