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The Multicultural Victoria magazine is back and available now! 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 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. The February edition also includes a look at the 10th Cultural Diversity Week celebrations. This year the week will run from 17-25 March, coinciding with the UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on 21 March. The week is a chance for all Victorians to come together to share aspects of their culture, faith, language and celebrate the benefits multiculturalism brings to our state. A highlight of the week-long celebrations is Viva Victoria, a free one-day festival of spectacular musical and dance performances across three stages as well as global food, cultural arts and crafts market stalls and kid’s activities – a fun, family day out not to be missed. If you would like to subscribe to MV, submit an article for a future issue or give us your feedback simply email the Victorian Multicultural Commission at info@vmc.vic.gov.au or contact us for more information on (03) 9651 1101. You will also be able to access the latest edition online to view and download – click on the link below for more info.



A big thank you to our Cultural Diversity Week Sponsors!



This year is the 10th Cultural Diversity Week and it’s set to the biggest and brightest celebration yet! The week-long celebration of Victoria’s cultural and linguistic diversity would not be possible without the support of our sponsors. We are glad to welcome back  familiar sponsors as well as offering a warm welcome to some new ones – a big VMC thank you to all our sponsors! There are too many to mention here but please do take a moment to click on the link below which will take you to the sponsors page on our website.

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A Taste of Harmony - 19-25 March


Thousands of Australians will be swapping their pens for plates, and exploring the rich, culinary cultures and flavours that make up their workplace. Coinciding with Cultural Diversity Week - from the 19 - 25 March - A Taste of Harmony offers workplaces the perfect opportunity to bring people together to share their cultural stories and food. Participation in A Taste of Harmony is free and easy. Simply register online, set a date and ask work mates to bring in a dish to share.


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Join in the fun at Viva Victoria 2012!

You’ll find lots of activities to keep the whole family entertained at this year’s Viva Victoria Festival held at Federation Square on Sunday 25 March. An exciting new addition to 2012 is  the Photo Booth Project. Public housing residents from culturally diverse backgrounds helped to provide a snapshot of our cultural diversity, bringing multiculturalism to life. Also new this year is the opportunity to have a go at creating your own piece of  beautiful Turkish art. The ancient Indian art of Rangoli is back again this year (see picture), while kids of all ages will be kept happy with puppet-making, face-painting and more. Viva Festival Programs will be available to order from our website soon.

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Grants and Funding

New grants program for CALD Seniors

A new small grants program to create or expand opportunities for culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) seniors to participate in the community is opening on 5 March 2012. Positive ageing research shows that being socially active is important to your health and wellbeing. As part of the Victorian Government’s Participation for CALD Seniors Grants Program, eligible organisations can apply for up to $10,000 to help generate opportunities for socially isolated CALD seniors to participate in their local communities. Four grant rounds will be run over four years. The Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria (ECCV) is an implementation partner with the Victorian Government for the Participation for CALD Seniors Grants Program. As well as providing assistance and advice to grant applicants, the ECCV will also provide support to grant recipients on their projects. The first round for applications opens on 5 March 2012 and will close on 27 April 2012. More information about the grants is available by contacting Georgia Nicholls on (03) 9096 1052, and will be available on the Seniors Online website at  http://www.seniorsonline.vic.gov.au from Monday 5 March.

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Events Calendar

Sweets - 15-18 March

Celebrate the diverse and delightful ways Victorian communities enjoy sweet foods and drinks.

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Whitehorse Global Fiesta - 17 March

Go along to Whitehorse to check out the city's new event - Global Fiesta!

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Interfaith Bus Tour & Lunch - 17 March

Discover places of worship on this free bus tour.

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Stand Up For Diversity! - 19 March

Have a laugh at this free comedy event.

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Jabula! Moomba Concert - 12 March

Join in and celebrate at Moomba's closing concert.

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Community Noticeboard
Learning English can be fun!

The North Carlton Railway Neighbourhood House is running inexpensive English classes. Come along to one of the classes run twice a week to improve your English in a small, friendly environment. Classes include learning and practice speaking, listening, reading, writing and spelling English. Organisers say the classes will help people of all ages and levels to improve their English, increase employment and further study opportunities, and strengthen computer skills. Classes are small and affordable. Classes are on a Monday and Thursday 1.30pm -3.30pm, Railway House, 20 Solly Avenue, Princes Hill. Cost $1.30 - $14 per class (subject to availability). For more information contact Jeff on (03) 9380 6654 or email railwayhouse@vic.chariot.net.au

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Big Bento Lunch fundraiser

March 11 is the first anniversary of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit north eastern Japan. To commemorate the disaster and raise much-needed funds for UNICEF’s ongoing recovery work in the affected regions of the country, the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme Alumni Association (JETAA) based in Melbourne, is encouraging people to get together to have a Big Bento Lunch Japanese-style and collect donations. The initiative is running between 11 and 17 March and offices, homes, schools, community groups and restaurants across Melbourne, Hobart and Adelaide are encouraged to take part. The funds raised will go, via UNICEF, to help open temporary schools and provide medical aid and vaccinations for children in the affected areas. For more information email info@bigbentolunch.com.au or visit www.bigbentolunch.com.au

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Valley Interfaith Network Inaugural Meeting - 22 March

Moonee Valley Interfaith Network hopes to bring together useful information and encourages you to actively participate in their interfaith community events. They are currently seeking community members to join them on this journey to contribute towards building a community where there is harmony and understanding between all beliefs and faiths. Organisers warmly invite you to come along to their inaugural meeting held on Thursday 22 March, 6.30-8.30pm Clocktower Centre Pascoe Room. Join them to celebrate the launch of the new network and the City’s diversity with special performances from various faiths, followed by the elections for the executive board for all Interfaith Network members with a wonderful supper to conclude the evening. For more information and to RSVP to the inaugural meeting, please email: info@mvin.org.au

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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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