Harmony Festival brings colour, vibrance to Katanning

KENDALL O'CONNORGreat Southern Herald

Katanning’s Leisure Centre was full of colour and culture as the town celebrated its fifth annual Harmony Festival on Sunday.

About 40 stalls were set up and 16 cultures from all over the world were represented through dance, food, music and fashion in the signature multicultural event.

Katanning Shire President Richard Kowald said the event was getting more attention from outside of the town.

“For the past four years I can usually see a lot of people I know at the festival, that’s not the case this year,” he said.

“This is a unique community event that incorporates all aspects of Katanning.”

Shire of Katanning community and youth development co-ordinator Juaini Taylor said the festival was getting bigger each year and more people wanted to be involved.

“We had people approaching us to perform this year, we were all booked by mid-February,” she said.

“There were also performers turning up on the day, and we managed to add another three acts to the entertainment.”

More than 2000 attendees were treated to Burundi choirs, Filipino dancing and Afghan music, with international foods on offer.

The highlight for many was the multicultural fashion parade showcasing the vibrant traditional clothes from nine countries.

The Shire has already commenced plans for the festival in 2014.

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