Solomon Islands dancers … plus a big bunch of supporters!

March 27, 2024

Harmony Day – an annual celebration of Australia’s cultural diversity – filled the Glendon Street Forecourt in Kingaroy with music, dancing and colourful costumes on Saturday.

There was live music from local musicians – including the Bucket Boys and Amber Goldsmith – plus lots of dancing from Samoa, Vanuatu, Kiribati, the Philippines and Solomon Islands.

The South Burnett’s own Wakka Wakka Dancers started the day off.

Children could enjoy bead-threading workshops run by Toni Phillips-Petersen, face-painting, art projects with Natasha Duncan and other activities.

There was also some traditional Aussie tucker to enjoy ie. a sausage sizzle by Kingaroy Rotary and slushies by South Burnett CTC.

The day was organised by Open Minds and Kingaroy Head to Health with support from the South Burnett Regional Council and a Black Summer Bushfire recovery grant.

Evelyn Aku, Margie Hams and Lauren Schleger, from Open Minds and Kingaroy Head To Health
John Maebiru, Tiaontin Itintarawa, Steward Bola and Rex Fially
A troupe of Samoan male dancers ready to hit the stage
Mayor-in-waiting Kathy Duff with singer Amber Goldsmith and Amber’s mum, Tracy
The troupe of Samoan female dancers …
… and in action on stage
Anu Joy and her daughters Tesa Joseph, 8; and Liz Mary Joseph, 11, were enjoying bead threading with Toni Phillips-Petersen
Brett Chaseling, from Musicians Oasis, with compere for the day Cr Danita Potter
Cherbourg artist Natasha Duncan was leading a weaving workshop
Di Read and Anne Marie Immler, from Kingaroy
Division 2 councillor-in-waiting Linda Little with son Jay, 12
The Bucket Boys on stage at Harmony Day on Saturday
The Kingaroy Town Hall forecourt was filled with people watching the free entertainment


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