Multicultural unity celebrated at Somali Day Australia Festival

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Brendan Rees

A vibrant display of cultural diversity was on show at the annual Somali Day Australia Festival at the North Melbourne Community Centre on Saturday, July 1.

The festival, organised by the Somali Community Inc., which commemorated Somali Independence Day, saw a “remarkable turnout as families from the surrounding areas flocked to celebrate the rich Somali culture and heritage,” Farah Warsame, president of Somali Community Inc., said.

Somali Independence Day is observed on July 1, marking the anniversary of Somalia’s independence from colonial rule in 1960.

Mr Warsame said festivalgoers were treated to an immersive experience, with the event fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation of Somali heritage and traditions.

The event included cultural entertainment, cultural artefacts, cultural food, rides, performances, sports activities, and more, “creating a lively and joyous atmosphere”.

“One of the highlights was the Aqal Somali, a traditional nomadic dwelling, and many other artefacts which captivated the attendees’ interest,” Mr Warsame said.

He expressed his delight at the overwhelming response to the festival, as well as his gratitude to all those who contributed to the success of the event.

“We are thrilled to see such tremendous support from the community and our supporters. The Somali Day Australia Festival serves as a platform to celebrate our rich heritage and strengthen bonds with other communities,” Mr Warsame said.

 

It is heart-warming to witness families enjoying the festival and embracing our culture. We are grateful for the opportunity to share our traditions with the broader Australian community.

 

“We would like to thank the City of Melbourne, the Victorian Multicultural Commission, The Huddle, Victoria Police, Fire Rescue Victoria, and the dedicated volunteers who worked tirelessly to make this event possible. Your support has been invaluable in promoting understanding and celebrating the richness of Somali culture.” •

 

Captions: The North Melbourne community comes together for the Somali Day Australia Festival. Photos: contributed.

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