Embracing diversity: Standing against racism

By Our Reporter
Cultural Diversity Week

Victoria’s Cultural Diversity Week is a celebration of the rich mosaic of cultures that make up the state, and this year, the Victorian Multicultural Commission has a vibrant lineup of events that promise to engage, educate, and entertain. Viv Nguyen, Chairperson of the VMC, shares her enthusiasm for the week-long festivities, “These events will have something for everyone to enjoy and learn from, and I look forward to seeing all of us come together to celebrate the rich diversity that makes our collective communities truly special.”

Viv Nguyen // Pic supplied

One of the highlights of the week is the Tackling Racism event organised by Manningham Council and Victoria University. Scheduled for Thursday, 21 March, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Ajani Community Hall, this event aims to mark the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. It’s an opportunity for the community to engage in meaningful discussions and take a stand against racism. Tickets are free, and attendees can expect an evening of insightful conversations and solidarity.

The Multicultural Festival and Events (MFE) Program is another initiative that supports the celebration of Victoria’s cultural diversity. Offering grants of up to $50,000, the program enables not-for-profit groups to deliver events that celebrate community connection, culture, and social cohesion. Applications for this round close on Friday, 19 April, at 3:00 pm, offering a chance for organisations to bring their cultural celebrations to life.

Extended Families volunteers needed // Pic supplied

For those looking to make a difference, Extended Families is seeking volunteer mentors to support children and youth with disabilities. Volunteers are also needed to help out at their FUN capacity building events. This is a wonderful opportunity to contribute to the community and make a positive impact on the lives of young individuals.

Culture Konnect // Pic supplied

Culture Konnect, delivered by Wyndham Youth Services, is a program that celebrates cultures through cultural dance, food, music, and art during Cultural Diversity Week. With events on Wednesday, 20 March, and Wednesday, 27 March, from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Youth Services Hoppers Crossing, participants can immerse themselves in diverse cultural experiences and connect with others.

Cultural Diversity Week event titled “Shared stories at a shared table” // Pic supplied

The Macedon Ranges Shire Council, in partnership with Regional Victorians of Colour, Kyneton Community House, and The Kindness Collective, will host a Cultural Diversity Week event titled “Shared stories at a shared table” on Friday, 22nd March, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at Kyneton Town Hall. This free event promises an enriching experience with shared stories and a communal table, fostering a sense of unity and understanding.

Interfaith harmony day // Pic supplied

Lastly, the Whittlesea Interfaith Network, in collaboration with the City of Whittlesea & Mill Park Library, will host an Interfaith Harmony Week event during Cultural Diversity Week. Scheduled for Thursday, 21st March, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Mill Park Library, the event will feature performances, guest speeches, and a panel discussion, highlighting the importance of interfaith harmony and mutual respect.

As Victoria celebrates Cultural Diversity Week, it’s a time to embrace the multitude of cultures that make up our community, stand against racial discrimination, and work towards a more inclusive and harmonious society.

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