The ‘Women of Cultures’ evening is an annual event in the Wollongong social calendar. This year the Portofino Reception Lounge hosted the dinner which explored the theme “Walking Together in Harmony”. The organisers wanted to co-incide the theme of the dinner with the celebration of Harmony Day.
The main aim of the evening was to bring women of the Illawarra together, allowing people to interact with one another. This established a greater understanding amongst the women who attended to other cultures, helping eradicate misconceptions and take one stride in living together in harmony.
After watching the Japanese Tea Ceremony, Judith Hurley from the Edmund Rice College, shared her reflections on the performance by saying that, “…women tend to find it spiritual or rather relaxing, having a chat over tea or coffee. We may not have a ceremony over it but we feel better after being with our friends as we talk, listen and share our time with our friends and that is what we have done tonight over dinner.”
Along with the Japanese performance, there were performances from the Indian culture displaying the Bollywood dance. This was followed by the Turkish performers dancing to the Halay. These dances seemed to have attracted many ladies to the dance floor as the ladies joined in and danced to a couple of songs from diverse cultures.
Overall the evening was a success which attracted over 115 women from across the Illawarra region.