Harmony Week 2013 will take place between 18-24 March, celebrating national Harmony Day on Thursday 21st March. Harmony Week helps us recognise and respect our cultural differences, while uniting us as one to share and celebrate our cultural diversity.
As a culturally diverse and inclusive University, Flinders can celebrate Harmony Week by hosting a number of culturally inclusive events. Each department, group or unit can help in the celebrations by organising an event in their location. Click here to see what events different departments have held in the past, and ideas on what you could do.
These events could focus on recognising the many different cultures Flinders staff and students come from, and celebrate these cultures through food, dance, stories and activities.
A Taste of Harmony
Celebrate your workplace diversity through food this March
A Taste of Harmony (18-24 March) is Australia's biggest celebration of cultural diversity in the workplace. The concept is simple. Register your team or workplace, set a lunch date and ask colleagues to bring a dish from their cultural background or food from a country they would like to try. The result is a multicultural feast where workers have the opportunity to learn something new about the different cultural backgrounds that exist in their workplace and enjoy a delicious meal.
The focus is not only on the foods, but also on the stories that accompany them. So bring your baklava, swap stories over some spag bol and tuck into a tasty multicultural lunch!
To get involved, simply register your workplace for free by clicking on the icon below.
A Taste of Harmony is an initiative of the Scanlon Foundation, supported by the Australian Multicultural Foundation and the Department of Immigration and Citizenship.
What you can do
There are a number of ways your department can take part in celebrating Harmony Week. You can register with A Taste of Harmony and host a culturally inclusive lunch at your workplace. You can also host different events either on Harmony Day or during Harmony Week. For more information on the types of events you can hold, to see what other organisations are doing and to register for free promotional material, visit the website for Harmony Day.
Types of events you can hold include but are not limited to:
- host a morning tea with discussions around cultural diversity of the participants
- host a multi-cultural lunch where every staff member brings in food either from their own cultural background or from a different country. You can use the Cook Book (PDF 172KB) developed through the Assemblage & Healthy Eating around the World CDIP Project
- organise a cultural dance or demonstration
- decorate your workplace in orange to celebrate cultural diversity
- organise/host cultural awareness discussions using the CDIP Toolkit and exercises
- play games from different cultures over afternoon tea.
Once you organise your event, you can register and promote it on the A Taste of Harmony website to receive promotional materials.
Help us celebrate our people and their culture, and promote a culturally inclusive workplace environment.
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