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Calling all multicultural media outlets! The Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC) has launched a brand new grants program to help media organisations offer internships to aspiring journalists. Five grants of $5,000 each are available to media organisations, including those working in television, newspaper, radio or online publishing, to support the cost of hosting a media internship program. The program’s aim is to increase journalists’ awareness of the operations of multicultural media in Victoria and develop their practical skills and experience within a multicultural media organisation. It aims to provide interns with meaningful and practical experience of multicultural media with a Victorian-based multicultural media organisation. To be eligible to apply an organisation must be well-established, have a demonstrated capacity to deliver suitable training and leadership and have an Australian Business Number (ABN). If an individual wishes to apply to the program, they must first negotiate the internship with an eligible multicultural media organisation. Intern duties funded by the program may include research, reporting, writing, interviewing and editing skills and photographic work. Applications must be submitted by the media organisation to the VMC  by 5pm on Wednesday 29 February 2012. Applicants will be notified about the outcome by May 2012. Click on the link below to access the application form or contact the VMC on (03) 9651 0651 for more information.


Black Harmony Gathering 2012

The Black Harmony Gathering is now in its 8th year celebrating national Harmony Day and the UN’s International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, and will be held this year on March 18 at the Fairfield Amphitheatre. Originally a small backyard barbeque designed to bring communities closer together, the event has grown into a multicultural festival of dance, music, global food and craft markets. Bring the family for a day of cross-cultural celebration.

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Odyssey - a one man show

Odyssey is a bilingual (Greek and English) solo theatre performance which weaves stories from the actor's family's experience of migration from Greece to Australia through Homer's epic poem of the same name. The play is a celebration of diversity and a search for identity and belonging. Performances will be stage from 13-31 March at the Open Stage in Carlton as part of the Antipodes Festival program. For more information call 1300 099 660 or click on the link below.

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Cultural Diversity Week in Brimbank

Cultural Diversity Week is celebrated all across Victoria from March 17-25. It provides an opportunity for all Victorians to share their cultural, linguistic and religious diversity. The City of Brimbank is one of Australia’s most culturally diverse municipalities and celebrates its rich cultural diversity with a jam-packed week of special events for the whole community. The highlight of the week is the annual fun-filled Brimbank Festival on Saturday 24 March. The Cultural Diversity Week in Brimbank Program is available to download in English, Arabic, Chinese and Vietnamese.

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Grants and Funding

VMC/Office of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship (OMAC) grants round-up

Applications for the Unity through Partnerships 2013 and the Multicultural Festival and Event Grants Round One 2012-13 will open in March 2012. Applications for Promoting Harmony, Organisational Support, Buildings and Facilities Improvements, Strengthening Multicultural Communities and Educational Program Grants closed on December 16, 2011. This was for projects and programs to be conducted in the 2012/13 financial year. Applications are now being assessed by the Community Strengthening Team. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application in June 2012. The major Community Grants Round will open again in October 2012.  This will be for projects or programs conducted in the 2013/14 financial year. Grants through the Multicultural Festival and Events Round Two and Unity through Partnerships Program have been announced.  Applicants have been notified by mail. For more information, please call the Grants Information Line on 1300 366 356 (cost of a local call) on any weekday between 8.30am and 10.00pm (except public holidays) or the grants team on (03) 9651 0653 between 9am and 5pm.

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Events Calendar

Harmony Day Celebration - 4 March

Everyone is welcome to this fun celebration hosted by the Morwell International Women's Group.

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St Kilda Diversity Day - 19 March

Enjoy a multicultural lunch on the St Kilda Town Hall lawn.

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Cultural Feast - 19-25 March

Savour global food at special festival prices.

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Harmony Concert - 21 March

Join the Kingston community to enjoy a special concert performance.

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Glen Eira Multicultural Festival - 25 March

Bring the family along to this fun multicultural festival.

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Community Noticeboard
The Multicultural Victoria magazine is back!

The Multicultural Victoria magazine is back! The new-look MV magazine is better and brighter than ever and still offers the best mix of multicultural news and features in Victoria. The new quarterly publication will be available to subscribers from early March. The first edition includes a feature profiling the new VMC Commissioners and an inspirational look at the Multicultural Awards for Excellence winners, as well as grants updates, competitions and much more. It’s easy to get a copy of the latest edition, to subscribe to MV simply email the Victorian Multicultural Commission at info@vmc.vic.gov.au or contact us for more information on (03) 9651 1101.

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Business training & mentoring support for refugee women

Stepping Stones is a program that helps refugee and migrant women living in Melbourne develop small business skills. The program offers financial education, micro-business training and mentoring support. This free program builds refugee and migrant women’s capacity to start small businesses in Australia, by giving them assistance with finding traineeships and work opportunities and helping participants to adapt their business experience to the challenge of running a small business in Australia. The program also links participants to enthusiastic and experienced female business mentors in Melbourne. They are recruiting participants until 20 February 2012. The 20 week course – including computer and English skills support workshops – requires one full day per week commitment. Limited places are available.

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Family law fact sheets for Greek-speaking grandparents

Moreland Community Legal Centre and the Australian Greek Welfare Society are launching a set of fact sheets on 16 March 2012 for grandparents about family law. The fact sheets will help grandparents to be confident, well informed about their rights and the law, and to enable them to contribute positively to the care, welfare and development of their grandchildren. The six fact sheets are available in both English and Greek and include information about: Family Law, Family Dispute Resolution, Family Violence, Child Protection, Financial Support for Grandparents and a referral guide to free support services and free legal advice. For more information call (03) 9383 2588.

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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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