Queenslanders encouraged to join the Big Day of Belonging

Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch said the family event at State Library of Queensland aims to raise people’s sense of belonging.

“We all have a desire to belong and connect with others, and this day of cultural entertainment, food and hands-on activities will help bring the community together,” Ms Enoch said.

“The event is a terrific way to start the year, by celebrating not only who we are but how we all contribute to Queensland’s rich cultural and social life. I encourage everyone to join the workshops and be inspired by the musicians, storytellers and creators of wonderful cuisines who will help us appreciate our diversity.”

The Big Day of Belonging will feature food from around the world including kangaroo nachos, Fijian-Indian curries and other multicultural dishes from pop-up food stalls.

Influential African-Australian community leader and entrepreneur Sharon Orapeleng will host a program of music and dance from 3pm, and performances by the Verandah Chix and members of the Korean Cultural Centre should not be missed.

Through the Queensland Faces exhibition, people can create their own photographic portrait and add it to the digital gallery. They can also make a lantern and take part in a twilight lantern parade.

Acting State Librarian and CEO Jane Cowell said the Big Day of Belonging was about expressing the individual story of who you are, but also about being part of something bigger.

“We’re inviting individuals, families and friends to register for the Something Bigger Choir for the day and make it something fun to do together — all backgrounds, ages and levels of experience are welcome,” Ms Cowell said.

Ms Cowell said the event was also a good opportunity to celebrate State Library of Queensland’s theme for 2016, which is ‘belonging’.

“Next year is a year-long celebration of discovery, creating and sharing stories about our connections with places and our culture,” she said.  “We want people to talk about what it means to belong and this can be through talks, community days, workshops and online activities.”

You can find out more about the Big Day of Belonging by visiting slq.qld.gov.au

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