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Don't miss out on your opportunity to be part of Victoria's largest celebration of cultural, linguistic and religious diversity! The VMC currently has sponsorship opportunities for next year's Cultural Diversity Week. The annual event, which includes the vibrant Viva Victoria Festival at Federation Square and the prestigious Premier's Gala Dinner, runs from 17 to 25 March 2012. Next year is set to be extra special for all those involved as we mark the 10th Cultural Diversity Week! There are many ways your organisation can support Victoria's biggest annual celebration of cultural diversity and help to promote community harmony - for full details on the sponsorship packages available, click on the link below. Applications are also now open for stallholders to be part of the 2012 Viva Victoria festival. A highlight of Cultural Diversity Week, this fun-packed, family friendly event has attracted more than 40,000 visitors for the past two years running. Stallholders should apply by 5pm on Thursday 8 December 2011.

Information session - media training for young people

Next Generation Media is offering young people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds the opportunity to learn media, broadcasting and leadership skills. They are seeking 15-20 motivated young people to take part in a media training Summer School. The training is open to young people aged 16 to 25 from a migrant, refugee or asylum seeker background. The participants will be supported by professional journalists and will have the opportunity to broadcast a weekly live show. Next Generation Media are holding an Information Session about the program on Thursday 8 December 2011. Community minded young people are encouraged to attend. The Summer School will run on weekdays, 10am-4pm from 16 to 30 January 2012. 

Rights by the River - Multicultural Youth Music Festival

Righteous youth events is heralding the arrival of summer with two free events celebrating International Human Rights Day held on Friday 9 December @ Signal. The first event is Rights at the Round Table, a youth forum on human rights, and is followed by Rights by the River, a culturally diverse youth music festival. The forum kicks off the day from 2-4pm and key speakers will explore ideas and expectations around gender roles. The music festival is from 5-9pm and is headlined by Sydney hip hop heavyweights, Radical Son. Both events are free and open to all!

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Your Community Heritage program grants

Applications are now open for the Australian Government's $8.4 million Your Community Heritage program. The funding available for heritage projects ranges from $2,500 up to $500,000. Under this new grant program, communities can now apply for grants to protect and conserve Australia's nationally significant sites, repair local historic places impacted by natural disasters and to identify research, preserve and share local heritage stories. Funding will also be made available for the development of a national heritage community focussed website for communities to preserve and make their heritage stories accessible online. Applications for grants will be open until Tuesday 20 December 2011

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Interpreter training and scholarships

Looking for a career change? Know someone wanting to study to become an interpreter? The Office of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship (OMAC) is offering scholarships for the Diploma of Interpreting at RMIT University in Melbourne . The Diploma is a one-year part-time course offered at RMIT’s city campus. Scholarship recipients will receive $2000 to help cover the cost of the course fees. Applicants need to be fluent in English and one of the languages being targeted in 2012, which are Dinka, Kirundi, Nepali, Oromo, Somali and Tedim (Chin). Students who complete the course with a grade of 70 per cent or higher can obtain NAATI paraprofessional accreditation. NAATI accreditation is the only qualification officially accepted for interpreters in AustraliaApplications close 1 December 2011, and the Diploma of Interpreting begins on 6 February 2012. More >


City of Melbourne Community Grants program
Also check out the range of community grants available from the City of Melbourne. More >

Events calendar

Musical first in Australia - 27 November

Internationally acclaimed musicians Sergei Golovko & Matthew Fagan perform together in Ivanhoe

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Fair-trade + ethical festival - 2 to 4 December

Be inspired, entertained and educated to live more sustainably at this free public event

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ArtAbility exhibition - 5 to 12 December

View works by artists with disabilities from diverse cultural backgrounds at The Atrium, Federation Square 

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Quran exhibition - 3 December

Brought to you by the Victoria Branch of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association Australia

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All S.T.A.R.Z fundraising concert - 6 December

Featuring performances from Adeaze, Cydel, Barry Southgate, Swiss and more, plus special guests.

Community Noticeboard
English and health and community work course

The Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE (NMIT) is offering a 12-month combined English and introduction to working in health and community services course for people from refugee and migrant backgrounds. Participants who successfully complete this course can go on to bilingual community and health work, or on to further study in this area.

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Care With Me Workshop Seminars

Care with Me is a Victorian-based community volunteer program that helps all children and young people in government care to receive culturally suitable support. Three separate workshops will be hosted by Ms Jatinder Kau, who specialises in working with CALD communities, and was recently commissioned to prepare research on CALD and refugee communities in the child protection system. For more information and to register for the workshops click on the link below.

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Free counselling service for multicultural women

A confidential counselling service offering a culturally and gender sensitive approach is now available at the Queen Victoria Women's Centre at 210 Lonsdale Street in Melbourne. The service, which includes bilingual support, is operated by the Victorian Immigrant & Refugee Women's Coalition (VIRWC) and aims to increase the level of support for women from multicultural backgrounds who are suffering from family violence. 

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Tell us your news

We love to hear what you have planned. You can submit your events and details of any new resources with a multicultural focus via the form on our website. These get added to our online Community Noticeboard and Events Calendar. Selected listings will be included in the VMC Update each fortnight. Click on the link below to find out what's going on around multicultural  Victoria.

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