A kaleidoscopic mix of colours, culture and cuisine, Cultural Diversity Week will celebrate the many communities that call Melbourne home from Saturday 17 March to Sunday 25 March. Here are our top ten ways to join the party.
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. Sunday 25 March.
Yarra River Welcome Dinner
Yarra River Community Welcome Dinner invites people from all walks of life to meet over delicious food and make new connections. A part of this year’s Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, cook up a treasured family recipe and bring it to share, as you meet new people and bond over stories of life, love and change. Sunday 25 March.
Community Cultural Fair
The Community Cultural Fair is a joyful celebration of cultures from across the globe. Browse market stalls and experience different traditions including an Ethiopian coffee ceremony and workshops in Hijab styling, Henna painting and Japanese origami. Highlights include live performances from Burundian drummers and the ‘No Such Thing as a Dumb Question’ Q&A session with representatives from the Chinese, Indian, Muslim and African communities. Sunday 18 March.
Around the World in 80 Minutes
Grab a passport at the door and immerse yourself in a series of different cultural activities and experiences as you travel Around the World in 80 Minutes at Kensington House. Sunday 25 March.
Victoria’s Multicultural Festival
This much-loved annual free festival at Federation Square includes arts, craft, live performances and a huge variety of international food. Saturday 24 March.
Children will love Drumming Storytime at the City Library, a fun morning of rhythm, dance and drumming that takes place on Monday 19 March as part of Harmony Day celebrations. Extra sessions at other libraries, including Library at the Dock and the North Melbourne Library, take place between Tuesday 20 and Friday 23 March.
Traditional Dresses of the World
View a display of traditional dresses and artwork representing the rich diversity of cultures in the community at this free exhibition at the North Melbourne Library. Visitors also have the chance to design their own unique head wrap as part of a special hands-on activity. Tuesday 20 March.
Chinese-English and Hindi-English Storytime
Bring the kids to Library at the Dock for Chinese Storytime, a chance to explore the love of books and language learning. Share stories, songs, rhymes and craft activity in both English and Chinese on Friday 23 March. Or take them to Hindi Storytime on Friday 16 March.
Featuring some of Victoria’s most exciting up-and-coming artists, Culture Waves brings young, multicultural sounds to Cultural Diversity Week. Rap and spoken word artist Sampa the Great joins powerhouse vocalist Kira Puru and Mildura-based rapper Philly for this very special free gig. Saturday 24 March.
Lord Mayor’s Student Welcome
An annual event welcoming new students to the city, the Lord Mayor’s Student Welcome is an afternoon of live music, performances, games, competitions, a barbeque, and much more. Head to the Immigration Museum from 2pm on Saturday 17 March.