Faces of Harmony
24 April 2020
The City of Greater Dandenong has worked with Dandenong Primary School to share a message of harmony and kindness that is particularly relevant as we face the global health crisis related to COVID-19.
Dandenong Primary School serves Australia’s most culturally diverse community. The school is home to children, families and staff from all corners of the world who come together to learn, to teach and to celebrate our nation’s cultural diversity.
During Harmony Week 2019 the children were photographed by artist Julieanne Perara in traditional dress. Harmony celebrations are about inclusiveness, respect, freedom, friendship and a sense of belonging.
When Julieanne returned to the school a short time later the children were photographed again in black and white, and asked to write their thoughts on kindness. From this the Faces of Harmony exhibition was created.
From August to October 2019 the photographs and words were displayed at Dandenong’s Heritage Hill.
Recently the children gathered once more to record themselves speaking the words they had written. The result is this beautiful video.
While our community has been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, Council is pleased to see the resilience and support shown by the people of Greater Dandenong.
We are incredibly proud of the way our community has pulled together to support one another and we encourage everyone to Find the Kind in their everyday life.