Cultural Diversity Week is Victoria’s largest multicultural celebration, featuring an exciting program of festivals and events across metropolitan and regional areas.
Proudly presented by the Victorian Multicultural Commission, with support from the Victorian Government, the Week invites Victorians to embrace and celebrate our cultural diversity.
The Week is held annually in March to coincide with the United Nations Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and Harmony Day on 21 March.
Since the traditional owners first inhabited the land, Victoria’s cultural diversity has continued to evolve and shape our identity.
While the many cultures of Victoria’s First Peoples remain in continuous connection to this land, successive waves of migration have seen people from all over the world arrive to our state.
Today, almost half of Victorians were either born overseas or have at least one parent who was born overseas.
We come from 200 countries, speak over 260 languages and follow more than 130 different faiths.
This is our multicultural story. It is part of who we are as Victorians.
Discovering our common humanity
Though we may have different cultural backgrounds, when we share stories with one another, we find our common humanity.
The Commission sees the power of humanity every day – even in the most simple of encounters where people from different cultures come together and connect through common values and experiences.
It is only by understanding our similarities that we discover the humanity we share, and the story of inclusion begins to unfold. On the journey, we learn that people we think are not ‘like us’ - are actually just people, like us.
Cultural Diversity Week 2018 theme - Proud to belong
Cultural Diversity Week is all about sharing stories, and this year, we wanted to celebrate the everyday diversity of Victorians.
‘Proud to belong’ asked Victorians what they love about Victoria's diversity and what makes them feel proud to be a Victorian in this multicultural state.
It was also an opportunity to stop and think about what gives us a sense of belonging. The Week called on Victorians to think about the formula for a strong sense of belonging, as well as the role we all play to ensure our communities are welcoming and inclusive.
Find out more about the Victorian Multicultural Commission.