HARDA’S Annual Cultural Night was held on June 23rd at the Granville Town Hall. The night saw attendence by
the members of the Horn of Africa countries as well as member of the wider Australian community. The event celebrated the true sprit of Africa through music, dance and food which promised a lively evening.
The guests of the evening included Ms. Julie Owens MP(Member for Parramatta, NSW) and Mr. Tony Issa (Member of the Legislative Assembly,Member for Granville) along with other distinguished guests.The evening opened with brief speeches as well as a short presentation and video on the work and achievements by HARDA over the past year. Ms. Julie Owens also shared a few kind words as well a letter from Ms. Julia Gillard, Prime Minister of Australia. Dr. John Cornwall and Ms. Judi Flaherty were acknowledged and presented with tokens of appreciation for their work and dedication to HARDA.
The most awaited part of the evening were the food and entertainment. There was a lavish spread prepared by the Horn of Africa country members representing tehir region which was enjoyed by all. The cultural night also saw colourful performances such as the dancers from Eritria and also soulful music by the singer. The most enjoyable part of the evening was the interactive drumming session by the group Keyim Ba. The audience were also given an opportunity to drum along with the drummers giving everyone an opportunity to try their hands on the drums. The dance floor was open to all with the DJ spinning some music to keep the spirits up for the rest of the evening.
The Cultural Night 2012 would not have been such a grand success without the support of the sponsers Hills Holroyd Parramatta Multicultural Resource Centre, Auburn RSL and STARRTS. Also, we would like to thank everyone for coming together in preparing the food and the entertainment which made the evening a memorable one.