THE concept of multiculturalism may have copped a battering in the political debates of the past decade, but on the streets of our towns and cities it's alive and well.
Next Thursday Harmony Day, a national celebration of cultural diversity sponsored by the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship, is on in Lismore where a community lunch is planned at the Lismore Bowling Club.
Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell will speak and entertainment includes the Winsome Gospel Choir, Luke Vasella and the Lismore School of Irish Dancers.
The day kicks off at 10.30am and everyone is encouraged to bring a plate to share.
The Lismore chapter of the International Rainbow Club, a multicultural support group that meets monthly at The Neighbourhood Centre in Lismore, spent its lunch this week planning for the annual celebration day.
Lismore president Gloria Dart-Corrie encouraged anyone from another culture to come along next week.
"We've been going 10 years and we meet to socialise and learn about each other's cultures, but we're here especially for refugees from other countries who might be lonely or a bit lost," she said.
"Harmony Day is an extension of what we do here - Australia is a multicultural country and the diversity is very big in this community. As you can see from the smiling faces we really enjoy it.
"At Harmony Day we wear our national costumes and share food and culture and it's a family day - people can bring their partners and kids - it's like a picnic for us.
"It's about lots of groups like us coming together to celebrate whatever your colour or politics, or culinary preferences."
Harmony Day, Lismore Bowling Club, Thursday, March 21, 10.30am-1.30pm.