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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 Australia. Applications close 1 December 2011, and the Diploma of Interpreting begins on 6 February 2012. 

Human Rights Annual Lecture 2011

Run by the Victorian Equal Opportunity & Human Rights Commission as an annual lecture series, the Human Rights Oration 2011 will be held at Federation Square on Tuesday 13 December 2011. This year’s speaker is Bernard Salt, Australia’s leading demographer and trend forecaster. Bernard is best known for his media commentary on the business implications of demographic and social change, and blends substance and humour to paint the big picture. This free public event will be held at Zinc at Federation Square, and will run from 12.30pm to 1.30pm, followed by a light lunch. 

'Brush Strokes of Essence' at Fo Guang Yuan Art Gallery

The latest offering in the flourishing partnership between Multicultural Arts Victoria and the Fo Guang Yuan Art Gallery is the second solo exhibition of Jayshree Leigh, entitled Brush Strokes of Essence. Jayshree was born in Kenya and brought up in England from the age of two. Looking for a major life change, Jayshree immigrated to Victoria 18 months ago, and this has added a new and exciting dimension to the essence of her work. Through this exhibition, Jayshree continues to express her love of the natural world and tries to capture the very essence of the places she visits or the emotions she felt there using vibrant colours, brush marks and patterns. Brush Strokes of Essence is on at the Fo Guang Yuan Art Gallery from 14 November to 16 December.

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Open for (more than) business

In these days of giant supermarkets and department stores, it’s important to remember the role local businesses play in our community. A current exhibition at the Immigration Museum, Open for (more than) business, celebrates those local businesses, particularly in migrant communities in Melbourne . Many local businesses offer more than just a service. They can act as community hubs and provide links to a homeland while also helping recently arrived migrants establish a connection with their new home. The exhibition is open every day at the Immigration Museum from 10am to 5pm, until 27 May 2012. 

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Got a story for the Multicultural Victoria magazine?

Submit an article for the next issue by 13 January 2012

The Multicultural Victoria magazine is currently being redeveloped and will be re-launched with a new look towards the end of February 2012. 

The magazine is a great way to raise the profile of your group or organisation, and highlight your commitment to supporting Victoria’s cultural diversity. If you have a launch, a new service or initiative, an event, a local multicultural star to profile or just something newsworthy and relevant, take some photos, get a quote or two and send us the details. 

You can submit an article for the February 2012 magazine by emailing:

  • a short article (200-300 words) about your event or project
  • high quality digital images with captions and the relevant permission for VMC to publish it, and
  • your contact details including a postal address

‚Äčto info@vmc.vic.gov.au with the subject line 'Magazine article submission'  by 13 January 2012. For editorial enquiries call (03) 9651 0648.  

Events calendar

Manningham Multicultural Festival - 12 November

A free community event at Ruffey Lake Park with something for everyone

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Multicultural food fair & cultural day - 13 November

Join the Chinese Association of Victoria for a day of fabulous food and entertainment in Wantirna

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Anatolian Alevi Festival - 20 November

A free open air festival in Coburg to celebrate the culture of Anatolia

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Multicultural folk dance festival - 20 November

A showcase of traditional folk dances from around the world in Mansfield

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Family fun day - 20 November

Take the whole family along to Cruden Farm in Langwarrin for a day of fun 

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Bonegilla Greek migrant exhibition - from 26 November

Bonegilla Migrant Experience presents a new Greek exhibition - From Petronis and Ekaterina to Peter and Catherine, Greek Journeys Through Bonegilla - an interpretation about the experiences of Greek migrants who stayed at Bonegilla.

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Lost Boys of Sudan - 24 November

A documentary screening at the Regent Theatre in Ballarat follows two Sudanese refugees on their extraordinary journey from Africa to America . Tickets $15 and all funds raised go to support ACKAPA and Ballarat Regional Multicultural Council (BRMC) programs

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Practise your Italian conversation skills

La zia Adriana invites you to Cafe Romantica in Lygon Street to practice your Italian with a mother tongue Italian teacher and to make new friends. Italian in a suitcase ($30) takes place every Tuesday until 6 December between 7.30pm and 8.30pm and Happiness is a glass of vino and a panino ($40) takes place every Saturday until 10 December between 3pm and 5pm.

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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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