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Harmony festival to be a riot
Picture: Toyah Shakespeare Blut Teeshara from Burma, Malika Sultani from Afghanistan, Lisa Pan from China and Aina Aeson from Australia are ready for a festival.

Great Southern residents can again expect a riot of colour, smells and fashions at the annual Katanning Harmony Festival next month.

Planning for the festival is well underway, and organisers say Katanning Leisure Centre will house about 50 food stalls, entertainment and activities from representatives from 30 different countries.

Festival-goers will be able to do everything from watch a South African cooking show to checking out the fashions of Afghanistan.

Shire of Katanning community and development co-ordinator Juaini Taylor said all entertainment timeslots were filled in and they were in the process of finalising the stallholders.

“It’s a very vibrant day,” she said.

“The highlight is always the multicultural fashion parade which is growing every year, we originally started representing six or seven different countries but now have about 20.” Ms Taylor said the multicultural soccer competition was always popular, activities would also be provided by the Noongar Sports Association and this year they would introduce an 18m waterslide to keep children entertained.

“It’s a huge weekend for the Great Southern.”

The Katanning Harmony Festival, run by the Shire and supported by Eventscorp and Lotterywest funding, will be held March 3 at Katanning Leisure Centre.