World Games Day comes to Bellerive

RESIDENTS from the greater Hobart area will soon be able to enjoy a wide variety of Indigenous sports from around the globe when the Clarence City Council hosts World Games Day on Sunday 21 May.

The free event links with the World Day for Cultural Diversity, which is held each year and celebrates games, sport, food, music, arts and culture from around the world.

Some lesser known activities on display will be wushu, hurling, Gaelic football and grid iron, with more well known games including circus arts, table tennis, hockey, badminton and ultimate frisbee.

While enjoying the delicacies of food from South America, Tibet, Bhutan, Liberia, Sri Lanka and Sierra Leone, patrons will be treated to live music performances from India, Iran and Burma and a Community World Cup soccer tournament.

Also on show to watch and enjoy will be the multi-culture dance stage featuring performances from Argentina, Bollywood, China, Cuba, Bhutan, Southern India, as well as a combined schools performance by students from Bayview Secondary College and Lauderdale, Rokeby and Clarendon Vale Primary Schools.

“World Games Day is a fantastic occasion to celebrate the diversity in our community,” Clarence Mayor Doug Chipman said.

“It is a chance to connect with people from all backgrounds and cultures through sharing and learning games from around the world, experiencing music and cuisine from another country and the positive aspects this diversity brings.”

World Games Day gives the people of greater Hobart the opportunity to celebrate cultural traditions in a unique and active way as well as the chance for people of every culture to play on the grounds of Blundstone Arena.

Some transport will be provided to the event.

World Games Day will be held at Blundstone Arena from 11am to 3pm.

This event has been supported by a multicultural grant from the Department of Premier and Cabinet, Community Sport and Recreation Division.

For more information on World Games Day, visit www.clarenceartsandevents.net or contact Clarence City Council on phone 6217 9599 or email events@ccc.tas.gov.au.

Caption: Guru Nanak Society, performing at the 2015 event, will again take part in World Games Day to be held in late May.