What is Harmony Day?

Harmony Day is 21 March each year and is celebrated nationally. While its origins relate to the UN-sponsored International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the concept of harmony extends to inclusion more broadly— 'everybody belongs'—from diverse backgrounds and life circumstances. At Griffith we'll celebrate Harmony Day on 21 March across all our campuses. We also have activities across all campuses for the week of March 19–23.

Chancellor's welcome

As patron of Griffith University’s Harmony Day, it is my great pleasure to welcome you to the rich program of activities scheduled for this very special day on 21 March. As an institution, Griffith University is committed to celebrating diversity and developing communities based on the principles of peace, compassion, justice, human rights, intercultural respect and sustainability. For a number of years we have celebrated Harmony Week across each of our campuses, and in 2015 attracted a ministerial commendation for our program of events. Building on this success, we will be offering a varied program designed to engage, entertain and illuminate in 2018. I encourage everyone to participate in this unique opportunity to promote diversity and harmony with our communities.

Mr Henry Smerdon, AM DUniv, Chancellor, Griffith University

Why come along?

Everyone at Griffith 'belongs' to the Griffith community. We want you to join with fellow students and staff in recognising and valuing the diversity in our community, and celebrating the richness this brings to our learning and work. Plus, it's free and lots of fun!

Get involved

See the programs below for Harmony Week events on your campus. There's fun things happening during the week of March 19–23, including free food, prizes and giveaways.

Gold Coast campus program

EventEvent descriptionWhenWhere
Individual Freedom vs Harmony - a Contradiction? Presented by Chaplaincy and the Griffith Debating Society. Tuesday 20 March 10 - 11am G10 Library, Graham Jones building
Griffith Mates Universal Feast

The Universal Feast will bring together a diverse range of students, a delicious three course meal, music and fun networking games. This is a free event!  Event website

Wednesday 21 March 6.00pm - 8.00pm G11 4.29 Skylounge

Student Guild Celebration

  • Trivia and Games with prizes
  • Live Acoustic Music
  • Free Cake/Cupcakes
  • Free Iced Tea Station
  • Free Snow Cones
  • Cultural Activities and Performances
  • World Map for Students to pin where they are from
Student Services and First Peoples Health Unit will also be holding activities at this event.
Tuesday 20 March 11am - 2:00pm Library Lawn (G10)
GUMURRII Stall Hosted by GUMURRII, Gold Coast campus. Tuesday 20 March 10:00am – 12:00pm Library Lawn (G10)
Diversity quiz Complete a diversity quiz to spin the wheel and win a prize! Tuesday 20 March 11:00am – 2:00pm G10 Library - outside main entrance
Human Library

Human libraries are part of a global movement to break down social barriers and challenge prejudice and stereotypes through conversation. At Griffith, we value and recognise diversity. We believe we can help spark social change through encouraging positive conversations with people, who may not ordinarily have the opportunity to speak with each other.

Wednesday 21 March 12:00 – 2:00pm

G10 Library, Graham Jones building

Presentation: Ethnography /
Ethno-archaeology
ETHNOGRAPHY/ETHNO-ARCHAEOLOGY AND THE POTENTIAL FOR ROCK ART STUDIES IN PAPUA NEW GUINEA. Free event. Registration is essential. Wednesday March 21 12 - 1pm G27_1.11
Name your country's greatest
Name your country's favourite stars in any field - eg scientists, actors, thinkers, athletes. Your entry will be displayed in the library along with your nominee's image.
All Harmony Week G10 Library, Graham Jones building
Fun activities & give-aways Supported by Student Services: Journal Pledge, Harmony Day Instaframe, free goodies (eg. earbuds and pop phone grips), Facebook frame competition.   Library Lawn (G10)

Logan campus program

EventEvent descriptionWhenWhere
Harmony selfie with SRC Snap your self happy in the portable photo booth. 11am - 1pm L04 Community Place, outside Student Centre
Free food from SRC It's food for all - and it's free! 11am - 1pm L04 Community Place, outside Student Centre
Fun activities & give-aways Supported by Student Services: Journal Pledge, Harmony Day Instaframe, free goodies (eg. earbuds and pop phone grips), Facebook frame competition. 20 March L04 Community Place, outside Student Centre
Well FAIR
  • Free mini golf
  • Free Zorb-ball soccer
  • Free massage
  • Free manicures
  • Free protein balls

Wednesday March 21 11:00am – 2:00pm

L04 Community Place, outside Student Centre
GUMURRII Stall Hosted by GUMURRII, Logan campus.
Wednesday, 21 March
10:00am – 12:00pm
L04 Community Place, outside Student Centre
Diversity quiz Complete a diversity quiz to spin the wheel and win a prize! Wednesday 21 March 10:30am – 1:30pm L04 Community Place, outside Student Centre
Name your country's greatest
Name your country's favourite stars in any field - eg scientists, actors, thinkers, athletes. Your entry will be displayed in the library along with your nominee's image.
All Harmony Week L03 - Information Services

Mt Gravatt campus program

EventEvent descriptionWhenWhere
Well FAIR & Market Day Free and fun games, activities, giveaways and food! Tuesday 20 March 10:00am - 2:00pm Mt Gravatt
Name your country's greatest Name your country's favourite stars in any field - eg scientists, actors, thinkers, athletes. Your entry will be displayed in the library along with your nominee's image. All Harmony Week M13 - Information Services Centre
Fun activities & give-aways Supported by Student Services: Journal Pledge, Harmony Day Instaframe, free goodies (eg. ear-buds and pop phone grips), Facebook frame competition. Tuesday 20 March Undercroft
Diversity quiz Complete a diversity quiz to spin the wheel and win a prize!

Tuesday 20 March 10:30am – 1:30pm

Undercroft

Nathan campus program

EventEvent descriptionWhenWhere
Listening Routes to Justice

This free seminar will examine two recent innovations in First Nations media in order to sketch two key themes in the emerging scholarship on the politics of listening. Please register here.

Monday March 19 12 - 1pm N16_2.71
Chinese Club

Practice your Mandarin and get involved with interactive Chinese-themed activities facilitated by native speakers! Free event. Chinese Club

Tuesday March 20 11am - 12pm N53_0.59 Willet Centre
Griffith Mates Universal Feast

The Universal Feast will bring together a diverse range of students, a delicious three course meal, music and fun networking games. This is a free event! Further details: Ms Yitong Zhang x58500.  Event website

Thursday 22 March 6:00pm – 8:00 pm

N35 Centre for Interfaith and Cultural Dialogue (Multi-Faith Centre)

Harmony and Country Perspectives on Harmony for the Planet from Faith and Culture.
Thursday 22 March
10:00 – 11:00am
N53 Willet Centre
Harmony selfie and free food Snap yourself happy then enjoy some free food! Sponsored by SRC Thursday 22 March 11:00 – 1:00pm Campus heart
Well FAIR
  • Free Henna tattoos
  • Free Massage
  • Nathan Dash
Thursday 22 March 11:00 – 2:00pm Campus heart
Nathan dash A fun run activity for those with bountiful energy. 12:00 - 2:00pm Campus heart
Name your country's greatest
Name your country's favourite stars in any field - eg scientists, actors, thinkers, athletes. Your entry will be displayed in the library along with your nominee's image.
All Harmony Week N53 Willet Centre
Fun activities & give-aways Supported by Student Services: Journal Pledge, Harmony Day Instaframe, free goodies (eg. ear-buds and pop phone grips), Facebook frame competition. 22 March Campus heart
GUMURRII Stall Hosted by GUMURRII, Nathan campus.
Thursday, 22 March
10:00am – 12:00pm

Campus Heart

Diversity quiz Complete a diversity quiz to spin the wheel and win a prize!

Thursday 22 March 11am - 2pm

Campus Heart

Citizenship Ceremony Griffith University annual event for Harmony Week. Staurday March 24 9:30am - 11:30am

N35 Centre for Interfaith and Cultural Dialogue (Multi-Faith Centre)

Birds at my table: Why we feed birds and why it mattersEVENT NOW FULL - Sign up to the Griffith EcoCentre Mailing List to be the first to find out about the next EcoCentre event.   Eco Centre

South Bank QCA and QCGU campus programs

EventEvent descriptionWhenWhere
Well FAIR
  • Free Henna tattoo's
  • Free manicures
  • Reptile handler
Monday March 19 - 11am - 2:00pm S03 QCA, outside security
Mystery Drop

Mystery Drop: Free give-aways.

Monday March 19 12pm - 12:30pm S01 QCGU
Name your country's greatest Name your country's favourite stars in any field - eg scientists, actors, thinkers, athletes. Your entry will be displayed in the library along with your nominee's image. All Harmony Week South Bank libraries
  • S01 QCGU
  • S03 QCA
Fun activities & give-aways Supported by Student Services: Journal Pledge, Harmony Day Instaframe, free goodies (eg. ear-buds and pop phone grips), Facebook frame competition. Monday March 19 S03 QCA, outside security
Diversity quiz Complete a diversity quiz to spin the wheel and win a prize! Monday 19 March 11am – 1:30pm S03 QCA, outside security
Climate Update 2018

Event BOOKED OUT, but please register for the waiting list. Free event.

An overview of how our climate is changing and how we're responding. Speakers from Queensland Government, Griffith University and the Australian National University. Register here.

Tuesday March 2 4:00pm - 6:30pm S05_2.04 QCA Lecture Theatre
Exhibition: Through the Looking GlassTingting LiTingting Li is from a new generation of Chinese artist, who is studying in Australia. Through the looking glass is based on this dual zone between China as her home and Australia as her current abode. Tuesday March 20 - Thursday March 29 QCA S03 Project Gallery
Music - Aquatic Ecology: World Water Day 2018$15/$10 at door.Celebrate World Water Day with immersive compositions exploring the sound-scapes of aquatic ecosystems. 2018 performance program. 22 March 7:30pm QCGU S01
Opera & VoiceFree event. Students of the classical voice department will perform art songs and arias from well-loved composers. 22 March 1:05pm QCGU S01 Ian Hanger Recital Hall
Exhibition: Archie Moore

8 March — 21 April 2018

In his largest solo institutional exhibition to date, Archie Moore debuts a multi-sensory installation examining childhood and intergenerational memory.

8 March — 21 April Griffith University Art Museum 226 Grey Street South Bank
Daniel de Borah in recital$15/$10 at the door. Leading Australian pianist and faculty member Daniel de Borah presents a solo recital of works by Bach, Chopin and Prokofiev. 21 March 7:30pm QCGU S01 Ian Hanger Recital Hall

Who's involved?

  • Centre for Interfaith and Cultural Dialogue
  • Griffith International
  • GUPSA (Post Grad. Association)
  • Griffith MATES
  • GUMURRII Student Support Unit
  • Griffith Sport
  • Information Services
  • Library and Learning Services
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Academic elements and Centres
  • Student Guild
  • Student Representative Council
  • Student Services

Our thanks to

  • Mr. Henry Smerdon, AM DUniv, Chancellor
  • Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship