Cultural Diversity Week will be held throughout the state from 16-24 March 2019 and offers an exciting program of festivals and events across metropolitan and regional areas, including:
– From 12 pm, Saturday 23 March – Victoria’s Multicultural Festival, Federation Square. A free one-day program of live performances, music, food and activities including for the kids. Festival music line-up headlined by Dallas Woods!
– From 6.30 pm, Saturday 23 March – Culture Waves music festival, Federation Square. A free gig of some of Victoria’s best culturally diverse talent. Line-up headlined by Baker Boy!
– Victorian Multicultural Commission Film Festival – calling established and emerging filmmakers to enter our third film festival with the theme Making diversity great again.
Proudly presented by the Victorian Multicultural Commission, with support from the Victorian Government, the Week invites Victorians to embrace, celebrate and demonstrate how we value our cultural diversity. Created in 2003, the Week is held annually to coincide with the United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (21 March).
Quotes attributable to Ms Helen Kapalos, Chair of the Victorian Multicultural Commission:
“The annual success and popularity of Cultural Diversity Week, including the Festival and Culture Waves gig, demonstrates that multiculturalism is a core component of a Victoria we are all proud to call home.”
“The 2019 theme of Proud to Belong – Your Generation, Your Stories, invites Victorians to think about how sharing stories of our heritages breaks down barriers, and encourages us all to play an active role in creating a welcoming society for all.”
“We are so thrilled to announce our brilliant acts for our Multicultural Festival and Culture Waves gig, and we can’t wait for you to see them!”
– Baker Boy – headline act: In Arnhem Land they call Baker Boy the ‘fresh new prince’. Raised in the remote NT communities of Yurrwi and Maningrida, 22 year-old Danzal Baker, aka Baker Boy, raps in Yolngu Matha language representing his bloodlines. A strikingly talented artist on an undeniable rise, Baker Boy has also been awarded Young Australian of the Year in 2019.
– Kaiit: at only 21-years old, Papua New Guinea-born Kaiit has shaken up the world of future-soul and RnB with her inimitable style and edgy aesthetic.
– Adrian Eagle: Of Fijian and Maltese heritage, Adrian is a soul singer/song-writer who vocalises over reggae, soul, hip-hop & acoustic flavoured beats.
Victorian Multicultural Festival
– Dallas Woods – headline act: As a young Noongar man hailing from Wyndham in East Kimberley, Dallas grew up on a musical diet of Tupac and 50 Cent – that’s when he realised he wanted to learn everything he could about hip hop. Dallas brings together a mix of old school and new school hip hop, while tackling the stigmas and stereotypes of growing up Indigenous. He delivers these stories with sharp wit and at times, even a bit of humour.
– YAY: The YAY dance group was started, choreographed and led by the late JJay De Melo, with members and close friends, to promote self-confidence, entertainment and engage the youth and the wider community. The YAY dance group dedicate their performance in honour of their dearly missed friend JJay de Melo.
– Heard Instinct Shepparton crew: Presented by Multicultural Arts Victoria (MAV), the Heard Instinct collective of young and emerging culturally diverse singers and MCs will take you on a journey from their roots in African inspired hip hop to the smooth vocals and soul of the Pacific Islands.
– The Refugees: Polynesian roots fused together with soul, funk, pacific soul reggae & RnB – their eclectic ray of sounds can’t fit into any one genre!
– Voice For Change Next Gen: recently debuted their latest single, Be, at the Australian Open to a sell-out crowd! Part of the Voice For Change program developed by Mushroom Group and supported by the Victorian Government
– Romanes Canes: six-piece party band exploring East European gypsy, Middle Eastern and Turkish dance with Balkan fusion!
– Assembly: Assembly is an innovative cross-cultural collaboration bringing together 11 high-calibre Victorian musicians from a range of disciplines to create a new work in celebration of Cultural Diversity Week. The composition is co-written by the group and embedded in the theme of Indigenous Australian ceremonies of re-generation, re-birth and re-creation.
– Iaki: Iaki’s sound fuses elements of soul, jazz, funk, reggae and Afro beat as well as more traditional Latin forms like salsa and cumbia to create a sound that is truly representative of the Australian contemporary Latin music community.
– Russell Robertson: ex-Melbourne Football Club player turned rhythm guitarist, ‘Robbo’ specialises in good old fashion rock music.
– DJ Cookie: DJ Cookie is the moniker of Angela Schilling, a DJ, curator, artist and musician who draws influence from soul, alt-pop, RnB, hip hop, and garage as well as leaning into heavier underground bass and house territory in the club.
With thanks to our Sponsors
Cultural Diversity Week is proudly sponsored by: Commonwealth Bank, City of Melbourne, Federation Square, Immigration Museum, Metro Trains, AFL Victoria, Department of Education and Training, Melbourne Football Club, Accent Home Care, AMES Australia, City West Water, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, ICC T20 World Cup 2020, Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Service, Mushroom Group, Polaron Language Services, South East Water, Swinburne University, Tobin Brothers, Victoria Police, Yarra Valley Water, Australian Multicultural Foundation, Football Victoria, SBS, VITS LanguageLoop, Victoria State Emergency Service, VicRoads, Victoria University, Artificial Studios and SBS.