A kaleidoscopic mix of colours, culture and cuisine, Cultural Diversity Week celebrates the many communities that call Melbourne home. Here’s our top ten ways to join the party.
Carlton Harmony Concert
Pack a picnic, bring a rug and join a celebration of peace, respect and unity at this free concert. Artists include Dun Dun Kan, Rudy v Alliance and more. Runs on Sunday 19 March.
One Beat One Love
Discover the next generation of African artists, DJs, musicians, speakers and community leaders at One Beat One Love. Celebrate diversity over an afternoon of song, dance, food and stories at the Immigration Museum. Runs on Saturday 26 March.
Community Cultural Fair
From Nepali costuming and henna painting to Ethiopian coffee and sushi making, the Community Cultural Fair has activities for the whole family. There’s also a fantastic line-up of global music and dance (Bollywood included) running throughout the day. Runs on Saturday 18 March.
Melbourne Conversation: what does it mean to belong in Melbourne?
What does it mean to belong in one of Australia’s most multicultural cities? Join media commentator Tasneem Chopra, along with Zione Walker-Nthenda and Tony Birch for this intimate discussion on diversity and identity. This thought-provoking event is timed to coincide with the United Nations Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Runs on Tuesday 21 March.
Victorian Multicultural Festival
This much-loved annual free festival at Federation Square includes arts, craft, live performances and a huge variety of international cuisine. Runs on Saturday 25 March.
Jewish – Muslim Comedy Debate
Get more laughs for your buck at the second ever Jewish – Muslim Comedy Debate. Join Father Bob and six talented comedians as they debate the tongue-in-cheek topic ‘north of the river is better than south of the river.’ Runs on Monday 20 March.
Community Harvest Festival
Skip the grocery isles in favour of the free-to-attend Community Harvest Festival. Fresh produce, exotic prepared dishes and diverse recipes are all on offer. Runs on Thursday 23 March.
Don’t miss this free photographic exhibition showcasing the diverse faces of Melbourne and their stories. Runs from Saturday 18 March to Sunday 26 March.
Lord Mayor’s student welcome
In 2017, the Lord Mayor’s long-standing student welcome event is joining forces with the Asia TOPA festival. A massive concert with major K-pop and J-pop names, YouTube stars and food trucks, it’s free for all students. Runs on Friday 24 March.
In conversation with Cher Chidzey
Join the conversation with author Cher Chidzey, writer of Ken’s Quest, a story that follows a Chinese man’s desperate bid to stay in Australia. Runs on Wednesday 22 March.
Cultural Diversity Week runs from Saturday 18 March to Sunday 26 March.