Organiser Rainbow Coast Neighbourhood Centre’s Angela Bristow-Baohm sings praises of popular Harmony Festival

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International Dance Albany perform Saturday afternoon at Albany Town Square.
Camera IconInternational Dance Albany perform Saturday afternoon at Albany Town Square. Credit: Laurie Benson

Rainbow Coast Neighbourhood Centre co-executive officer and organiser Angela Bristow-Baohm has said she was happy to see how Albany’s Harmony Festival came together with thousands attending the festivities.

The town square came to life in a colourful, entertaining and tasty celebration of the diverse cultures that make up the Great Southern community.

Organising the event was a joint effort between local groups such as RCNC, Eclipse Events, and Southern Edge Arts as well as State and local governments.

“This is a unique event on the Albany event calendar because it is a celebration for everyone as most of us come from varied cultural backgrounds,” Ms Bristow-Baohm said.

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“It is always so great to see our community come together to celebrate our unique cultural differences from the many cultural groups that call Albany and surrounds home.”

Harmony Day Albany coordinator Angela Bristow-Baohm.
Camera IconHarmony Day Albany coordinator Angela Bristow-Baohm. Credit: Laurie Benson

Ms Bristow-Baohm estimates about 2000 people attended throughout the day — plus a few very happy dogs.

As well as celebrating the diverse heritages of people in the Great Southern, Albany’s festival and Harmony Week play an important role in welcoming those who have only recently arrived, according to Ms Bristow-Baohm.

“It is especially important for those in our community who recently arrived in Australia from other countries as they try to find their place in their new community,” she said.

“This can be a tough and isolating experience for people, but this event allows people to feel respected and valued for their own culture and for just who they are.”

Those who want to be involved next year can email the RCNC via admin@rcnc.org.au

Karen Choir entertain.
Camera IconKaren Choir entertain. Credit: Laurie Benson

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