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Warm evenings, delicious food, colourful market stalls plus a showcase of dynamic local musicians, dancers and circus performers every week - it's Suzuki Night Market time again! The Queen Victoria Market, in association with Multicultural Arts Victoria, present this annual festive favourite. Attracting more than 20,000 people each night the market combines specialtiy stalls, cultural food and drinks and three stages of entertainment. The line up this year boasts some very exciting acts inlcuding the Red Eyes, Busta Mento, Mikelangelo and Saint Clare, Afrobiotics, Quarter Street Orquesta, Fresh Off the Block!, Woohoo Revue and the Habibis. Bring your friends and family and enjoy the sights and sounds of this free and truly unique Melbourne experience. Wednesday nights, 5.30pm-10pm until the end of February 2012.

Sponsorship & stallholder opportunities for 10th Cultural Diversity Week

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 10th 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. There are many ways your organisation can support Victoria's biggest celebration of cultural diveristy. Applications are now open for stallholders to be part of the 2012 Viva Victoria festival. Click on the link below to see full details of the sponsorship packages. Stallholders should apply by 5pm on Tuesday 13 December 2011.

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Immigration Museum Exhibition - Another Country

Filipino-born, Brisbane-based artists Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan touchdown in Melbourne to create Another Country - a series of interactive projects taking place until January 2012. Come along to the Immigration Museum and join the artists to be part of inspiring art installations. Get creative and build your own sculptures, including aeroplanes and dream homes. The aim of this unusal artistic endeavour is to explore the ideas of journeys, migration and memory.

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Do you have links with Ancient Mesopotamia?

Be part of Melbourne Museum's newest exhibition, The Wonders of Ancient Mesopotamia, by telling the museum how you identify with or can trace your family back to a world 3,000 years ago. Presented in collaboration with The British Museum, the exhibition opens in 2012 but tickets are on sale now. This major new exhibition showcases stunning artefacts from one of the world's great ancient civilisations. Does your family story date back to ancient Mesopotamia? What does Mesopotamia mean to today's Australians of Middle Eastern ancestry? If ancient connections resonate with you, Melbourne Museum wants to hear from you. For more details contact Georgie Meyer on 03 8341 7150 or gmeyer@museum.vic.gov.au  (Photo Credit: By permission of the Trustees of The British Museum).

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Grants and Funding

Your Community Heritage program grants - now open!


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 $50,000. 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 focused website for communities to archive and make their heritage stories accessible online. Applications for grants are open until Tuesday 20 December 2011.

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Events Calendar

End of Year Party - 14 December

Come and celebrate the end of another great year with Multicultural Arts Victoria at the Queen Victoria Market.

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Stop Fest Halls Gap - 27 & 28 December

Come along to this free festival at Halls Gap where visitors can enjoy some dazzling shows on stage by didgeridoo players, kids activities and more.


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Koorie children art exhibition - until 5 February

Our Children Our Future  is an exhibition at Melbourne Museum by Koorie children and youth that celebrates the strength, diversity and vibrancy of Victorian Aboriginal culture.

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Tooth and Nail Trail - 23 December - 15 January

This Chinese Museum exhibition celebrates the artistic exchange between East and West since the 16th century.

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Quang Minh Tet Festival - 22-23 January 2012

Celebrate Vietnamese Lunar New Year in Braybrook and watch performances, see displays, chants and eat vegetarian food.  

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Community Noticeboard
Regional migration & settlement - conference and forum

Join the University of Melbourne on 9 February 2012 for a free public forum: Whose Country is it Anyway? Opportunities and Challenges for Migrants and Refugees in Rural and Regional Australia. The forum will bring together a diverse panel of speakers to discuss issues of regional migration, settlement and multicultural affairs in Australia. Plus on 10 February there is an international conference called A Long Way from Home? The Rural and Regional Resettlement Experiences of Visible Migrants and Refugees featuring a range of guest speakersClick here to register for these events. 

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Human Rights training calendar 2012

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (VEOHRC) is offering a range of workshops in the first half of 2012 to help you understand your equal opportunity and human rights obligations and move towards best practice. The Commission can meet all your training needs, with free and cost-effective workshops scheduled in Carlton, metropolitan areas and regional Victoria. We offer targeted workshops for employers, union delegates, government employees and advocates, and we can customise training to deliver at your workplace.

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Multicultural children's book - submit a game from your country

The Australian Turkish Cultural Platform (ATCP) is seeking volunteers to submit ‘A Game from my Country’ for a new multicultural children’s game book.  Award-winning and experienced miniature artist from Sydney, Gulay Pelin, will be illustrating the book, bringing your words to life through her art. Click on 'more' below to see how you can submit a game for the book. 

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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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