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Now in it's thirteenth year, the Coffs Harbour Harmony Festival is the authentic home of culture on the Coffs Coast.

The festival aims to support the community to uncover our common ground, make connections and celebrate the strength of our diversity together.

Harmony Day is a day of cultural respect for everyone who calls Australia home - from the traditional custodians of this land to those who have come from many countries around the world. 

Coffs Harbour Harmony Festival showcases the region's finest cultural performance groups and world music acts (special guests are being announced shortly). This years event takes an adventurous twist with two new zones, Planet Coffs - an ecofriendly creative playzone, and the Flavourhood - featuring locally produced exotic cultural food.

The festivals vibrant welcoming atmosphere allows lots of opportunities for the community to mingle, be it in the creative space, workshops, dance space, or at the massive community parade and colour run finale.

Dance, drum, eat and connect. Celebrating Everyone's journey to calling Coffs Harbour home, come and uncover your common ground.

Date: Sunday 31 March 2019

Time: 9:30am - 2:30pm

Where: North Coast Regional Botanic Garden

Cost: Gold coin entry

Want to get involved? We welcome applications for:

Volunteers


  
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Explore Planet Coffs – our huge ECO-FRIENDLY creative play zone!

Nestled amongst the shady bush canopy, connect to country and make and create through a gamut of hands-on family-friendly craft activities designed to deepen your connection to the natural wonders of this place we all call home. 

Work with local Aboriginal artists to make and decorate massive puppets and props of sacred and threatened local species and then bring them to life in the culmination of the day’s events and activities - the magnificent Harmony Festival Community Parade! 

Play and create in the massive origami whale installation working with local Japanese artists passionate about celebrating and protecting our oceans and iconic annual visitors. 

Roll up and have a ball in the playdough palace, celebrate Aussie surf culture, whilst helping create a culturally inspired mural on VW Kombi shaped tent.   

Up for something a bit more physical?  See how long you can survive the wild waves in the ‘So You Think You Can Surf?’ challenge. Ride the mechanical surfboard for as long as you can as we seek to uncover who in the community truly is Coffs Harbour’s best wild wave warrior.  

The amazing Cardboard Cubby Kingdom is back again this year too. Armed with nothing but cardboard, masking tape and your imagination, come help build and grow a fully-recycled global village and play space where all are welcome to create, construct & play. 

Plus library storytime & facepainting and so much more.

Play

Explore Planet Coffs – our huge ECO-FRIENDLY creative play zone!

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​Enjoy the 'Beats & Feets' Dance & Drumming tent - an all day non-stop dance space.  Delve into Aboriginal & African Dance and Samba Drumming workshops or just join the fun as communities host the space, sharing simple cultural dances that everyone is welcome to join together in and share the celebration. Be transported!

Dance

Enjoy the 'Beats & Feets' Dance & Drumming tent - an all day non-stop dance space. 

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​Soak up the variety of entertainment on the main stage - a cross-cultural melange with non-stop acts from across the globe.  

Enjoy an action packed, non-stop megamix of local cultural dances that everyone is welcome to join together in and share the celebration. Be transported!

Main Stage

Soak up the variety of entertainment on the main stage - a cross-cultural melange with non-stop acts from across the globe.  

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Experience the warmest of welcomes at The Melting Pot  – our authentic cultural immersion space.  Along with food demos and dance tent, relax at the Common Ground lounge which brings all the buzz of an overseas marketplace along with the warmth of a cultural community lounge room.

Immerse yourself in authentic culture – share in an Ethiopian / Eritrean Coffee Ceremony, get decorated in Henna, sample freshly baked breads and accompaniments from all over the world as different cultural communities offer up their unique pastry treats in the Breaking Bread area and so much more.

Immerse and Connect

Experience the warmest of welcomes at The Melting Pot  – our authentic cultural immersion space.

 

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​Bring a picnic blanket and kick back in the lush garden surrounds, devour delicious food and enjoy the non-stop entertainment on the main stage.

With a huge variety of cultural performances from accross the globe including Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East and local talent from right here on Gumbaynggirr Country.

Special guests soon to be announced.  

Relax

​Bring a picnic blanket and kick back in the lush garden surrounds. Munch on delicious food and enjoy the non-stop entertainment on the main stage.

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The day comes to a massive culmination at 2pm with the drumming in of the magnificent, community parade!

Lead by Jumbaal the giant carpet snake creator spirit  - a massive sized snake puppet -  join in with over 50 Samba drummers and show off your craft creations, or just join the procession as together we all parade through the festival grounds to the main stage where a gigantic cross-cultural flash mob styled dance off and explosive colour run!. 

Celebrate

The day comes to a massive culmination at 2pm with the drumming in of the magnificent, community parade!

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​Experience exotic food from all corners of the globe with an incredibly diverse array of cultural cuisines – we’re digging deep to put together a truly unique dining experience where you can explore a mouth-tingling mix of authentic home cooking & street food you just won't find at any other local markets & events.

Who are the people in your flavourhood? Journey deeper into whole food experience at Flavourhood – with cultural cooking demos and a live cross-cultural BBQ cook off, immerse yourself in the rich history, stories and people behind the food as you savour the flavour and sample their freshly cooked delights.

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​Experience exotic food from all corners of the globe with an incredibly diverse array of cultural cuisines!

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Follow the MyCoffs Connect Facebook page for all the latest multicultural happenings on the Coffs Coast.