African sounds mark start to harmony events

The sound of drums rang out across Wollongong TAFE campus on Tuesday as students and staff got a head start on Harmony Day celebrations.

Harmony Day, observed nationally on Friday, is a federal program that celebrates diversity, and coincides with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

As well as African drumming, students at Wollongong TAFE took part in a flag drawing activity run by the Multicultural Communities Council of Illawarra, demonstrations of traditional Aboriginal craft from Together Dreaming, Boolarng Nangamai Aboriginal Art and Culture Studio at Gerringong, and wrote their name in different languages.

TAFE Illawarra multicultural education co-ordinator Angela Ljubic said the day was a chance to recognise the more than 100 nationalities present at TAFE.

"It's very important for us in that we're showcasing our talents and people are engaging with, meeting and learning from each other." .

Harmony Day celebrations will be held at Illawarra schools and tertiary institutions throughout this week.

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