Cultural Diversity Week is Victoria’s largest multicultural celebration, featuring a week-long program of festivals and events in metropolitan and regional areas.
Proudly presented by the Victorian Multicultural Commission, with support from the Victorian Government, the week invites all Victorians to embrace each other’s cultural heritage and join in the celebrations.
Now in its 15th year, Cultural Diversity Week is held annually in March to coincide with the United Nations Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and Harmony on March 21.
Why do we celebrate cultural diversity?
Victoria is home to people of many different cultures and faiths. Multiculturalism is a part of our identity… it’s part of our character and our daily life.
Since the traditional owners first inhabited the land, Victoria has been built on waves of migration.
Today, almost half of Victorians were either born overseas or have at least one parent who was born overseas.
Our diverse communities have made us prosperous and strong. And our differences don’t divide us, they unite us.
Our journey, Our stories
Celebrating what multiculturalism has brought to Victoria means reflecting on the journey so far and showcasing the collective stories that have helped shape and enrich our ever-diversifying community.
Whether through the vibrancy of Indian Diwali celebrations in Ballarat or the delicious Polish dumplings at South Melbourne market… through the care programs of Islamic mosques in Melbourne’s inner north or the dedicated Irish development of farmland in the state’s South-West… we’ve all made a contribution, and we’ve all enjoyed the many benefits of our diversity.
You’re part of this journey, so what’s your story?
In 2017, we’re calling out to Victorians to share their own stories of cultural heritage and identity.