THIS month Victorians stood together in harmony for Cultural Diversity Week (12-20 March) – and what a week it was!
Cultural Diversity Week kicked off with the always-popular Premier’s Gala Dinner on the 12 March and culminated with thousands of revellers at Victoria’s Multicultural Festival at Federation Square on 20 March.
Community events were held across the state during Cultural Diversity Week, celebrating the diverse cultures, communities and people that have helped to establish Victoria as one of the most dynamic and successful multicultural places in the world to live.
Always a highlight of Cultural Diversity Week, the Premier’s Gala Dinner is one of the most popular nights of the year and is a firm favourite with Victoria’s many diverse communities.
The night was an outstanding success enjoyed by nearly 1,500 guests representing Victoria’s many diverse communities. At this spectacular and memorable night guests were treated to a showcase of multicultural performances.
At the end of the week Victoria’s Multicultural Festival transformed Federation Square into a vibrant, global destination with festival-goers enjoying more than 30 of the freshest multicultural acts and performers in Victoria, provided by Multicultural Arts Victoria (MAV).
Ms Helen Kapalos, Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC) Chairperson, said that Cultural Diversity Week is one of the most enjoyable and exciting weeks to be in Victoria.
“Cultural Diversity Week showcases everything that is wonderful, amazing and unique about our diverse communities and demonstrates how our multiculturalism benefits all Victorians – whether that’s about food, language, culture or music. Our diversity is one of our state’s greatest assets and always will be.”
Cultural Diversity Week is held annually to coincide with the United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on 21 March, and is an opportunity for Victorians to come together to share their culture, faith and language.
Cultural Diversity Week and Victoria’s Multicultural Festival was proudly presented by the VMC and partners of Cultural Diversity Week: Commonwealth Bank, Bertocchi, Herald Sun, SBS, Yarra Trams, AFL, Allianz, AMES Australia, Cedar Meats, City of Melbourne, City West Water, Tobin Brothers, Victoria Police, Australian Bureau of Statistics, Ambulance Victoria, Australian Multicultural Foundation, Cricket Australia, Swinburne University of Technology, Vic Roads, Vits, CFA, Fed Square, Melbourne City Football Club, MFB, Polaron and SES.
Image: Jorge de Araujo, Artificial Studios.