Cessnock City a splash with Colourfest

In collaboration with Cessnock City’s Harmony Day, Colourfest will screen 10 short films free of charge between 10am and 2pm on Saturday 12 March 2016 at the Cessnock Performing Arts Centre (CPAC).

In collaboration with Cessnock City’s Harmony Day, Colourfest will screen 10 short films free of charge between 10am and 2pm on Saturday 12 March 2016 at the Cessnock Performing Arts Centre (CPAC).

These films celebrate diversity and multiculturalism within Australia through migrant stories such as the film ‘Latte e Miele’.  

‘Latte e Miele’ (Milk & Honey, 2014) written by Andrea Demetriades and Louisa Mignone tells the story of sisters Sofia and Liliana’s arrival to a rural town in New South Wales in 1953, destined to meet their husbands-to-be for the first time.  

“We are fortunate to bring these great short films to Cessnock for the community to enjoy,” Cultural and Community Engagement Officer Jo Miller said.  

“Each story tells a different perspective on the migrant experience and explores the human condition of transience.”  

45 per cent of Australians have been born overseas or have at least one parent who was, making us one of the most multicultural countries in the world.  

“Diversity is an important part of making our community’s rich and exciting culture through food, music and language,” Cessnock City Mayor Councillor Bob Pynsent said.  

“Through diversity, a community learns tolerance, acceptance and has an opportunity to benefit from the many positive attributes of multiculturalism.”  

The Harmony Day Festival will take place on the steps of the CPAC and will include free entertainment for the whole family, including music, food and market stalls arranged by Ability Links.   

Entry is free and all are welcome to see the films appearing on loop for the duration of the event.  

For more information on Harmony Day activities contact the Samaritans on 02 4993 3400 or visit the Harmony Day website.