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.
Cultural Diversity Week
Coinciding with the United Nations Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and Harmony Day held every year on 21 March, Cultural Diversity Week is a fantastic way to celebrate the everyday diversity of Victorians and reflect on what gives us all a sense of belonging in our multicultural community.
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.
Victoria is considered one of the most successful multicultural societies in the world.
Multiculturalism is a part of the Victorian identity, character and way of life.
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.
Harmony Day celebrates Australia’s diversity, based on the successful integration and immeasurable contributions of migrants into our community.
Harmony Day is about inclusiveness, respect and belonging for all Australians, regardless of cultural or linguistic background, united by a set of core Australian values. Held every year on 21 March the Day coincides with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
Since 1999, more than 70,000 Harmony Day events have been held in childcare centres, schools, community groups, churches, businesses and federal, state and local government agencies across Australia.