Happy rally to show Byron's "freedom from fear"
CLOWNS, comedy and dress-ups will be part of a serious message in Byron Bay on Sunday.
The Freedom Rally crew are inviting people who care about the xenophobic political climate to join in a celebration of cultural diversity and tolerance, says organiser Harsha Prabhu.
"The rally will affirm our freedom from fear, terror laws, xenophobia and war," he said.
"It will feature speakers, including refugee advocates and Amnesty; kids' activities, including face painting, hula and poi; and a smorgasbord of multicultural entertainment including choirs, stand-up comedy, clowns, music and belly dancing."
Punters are invited to a dress-up party on the day.
"While many women will be wearing hijabs in solidarity with their Muslim sisters suffering vilification and intimidation, others will be vying for the 'Terrorismadeup' Award for the most creative costume," Mr Prabhu said.
"The award is in honour of local designer Ollie Buckworth who was offloaded from a flight for doodling 'Terrorismadeup'."
The Freedom Rally is a co-creation of community activists and is supported by AIAA (Australia Indonesia Arts Alliance), Colours of the World and Byron Harmony TeamGig Guide.
It will be staged at Railway Park, Byron Bay, from 11am.