Festival to Mark Race Riot

December 8, 2006

Source: The Courier News


A MULTICULTURAL festival promoting religious harmony among Sydney youths will be held on the eve of the first anniversary of the Cronulla riot.

The Summer Youth Festival takes place at Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour, and will feature food stalls, folk and hip-hop music, lion dancing, drumming workshops, live art, chanting, art exhibitions and martial arts.

Event organiser, the NSW Community Relations Commission (CRC), said it hoped the festival would promote a better understanding of cultural and religious diversity.

In light of the cultural tensions exposed by the Cronulla riot of December 11 last year and its aftermath, the emphasis of the festival is on Islam in Australia.