VICTORIA’S annual Black Harmony Gathering (BHG) will celebrate Koorie and multicultural traditions by the Yarra River as part of Cultural Diversity Week next month.

The BHG promotes reconciliation, respect for cultures, and diversity in all its expressions, including LGBTI people, sistergirls, and brotherboys.

It started in the northern suburbs of Melbourne in 2004 with a small group of local Koories, South Africans, and Somalis.

The small neighbourhood barbecue was held so they could share ideas about overcoming discrimination together.

It has since grown into a celebration of new and established multicultural and Indigenous artists, craftsmen, and communities.

Now in its 12th year, the BHG will be presented by Multicultural Arts Victoria and the Warrior Spirit Art Collective.

The gathering will recognise Indigenous and newly arrived cultures through food, with a Warburton kangaroo and emu meat barbecue, dance workshops and performances, children’s activities, and live music.

The afternoon concert will feature artists and musicians such as:

  • Kutcha Edwards and Friends, one of the event’s founders
  • Funkarellos
  • Singer and guitarist Dave Arden
  • Sounds of Polynesia
  • The Burundian Drummers
  • Lawrence Austin Jnr

The 2015 Black Harmony Gathering will be held on Sunday, March 15, from 1pm to 5.30pm at Fairfield Amphitheatre, Fairfield Park Dr, Fairfield.

The accompanying Black Harmony Forum will be held the following Friday, March 20 from 6.30pm–8.30pm in the Reading Room at Fitzroy Town Hall, Napier St, Fitzroy.

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