Bread will be baked and music made on Saturday as the Illawarra's diverse multicultural community comes together for a day of food and song.
Port Kembla Community Project's first Jam N Bread event encourages people from across the community to gather to share music and food.
Organiser Ann Lehmann said the event aimed to promote greater dialogue and understanding between the region's multitude of cultures.
"We wanted to bring people from culturally diverse backgrounds together through music making," she said.
"Wollongong has an incredible cultural richness, and there are so many talented musicians, but they sort of remain in their community so it is quite hard to access that diversity."
Jam N Bread will present two featured artists in what is set to become a monthly event. Today's event at the Port Kembla Community Centre will host a group of Togolese dancers who will teach the crowd to create drum rhythms for dancing, while another man will show off a steel drum and a dholak, a type of Indian drum.
The rest of the afternoon is given over to the community to bring in whatever instruments they have, to play together with musicians from an array of different backgrounds.
"It's free, it's welcoming, with the aim to learn from and honour musicians in the area and a chance for people to get together and make music," Ms Lehmann said.
The afternoon will conclude with a Good Tunes Session with David De Santi of the Illawarra Folk Club.
The community centre will also make available their ovens, to allow people to also prepare and make bread and other food important to their culture.
"Each culture has their own type of bread, so it just shows off the cultural richness again," Ms Lehmann said.
Ms Lehmann said the entire exercise was to create a social, relaxed atmosphere for people to share their backgrounds and what was important to their heritage.
"Most people don't identify as musicians, but they might identify as bakers or cooks, so they would come along," she said.
"Everyone is a musician from my perspective. It's just about what opportunity they have to play."
Jam N Bread is hosted at the Port Kembla Community Centre on Saturday from 11am-2pm.