Media Release - Celebrate Cultural Diversity Week in Brimbank

Whether you live, work or play here, you’re invited to celebrate Cultural Diversity Week in Brimbank, from 21-28 March.

Throughout the week, Cultural Diversity Week will feature an exciting program of festivals and events across Brimbank that celebrate the diversity and proud community spirit in our city.

Cultural Diversity Week is held annually in March to coincide with the United Nations Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and Harmony Day on 21 March.

This year’s theme for Cultural Diversity Week is “What does multicultural Victoria look like in 2030?” This is aimed at sparking constructive conversations and encouraging discussions about the future of Victorian multiculturalism. 

The week will begin by celebrating Harmony Day with a no-charge family event at Westvale Community Centre on Sunday 21 March, 11am-2pm. Come and enjoy local performers, food tastings and kids activities. Bring something from home to add to our community ‘nest’ being built on the day.

Also on offer are a range of language specific and culturally themed storytime and Practice Your English sessions to be held across Council libraries. Parents and children can enjoy stories, songs and rhymes in Vietnamese and Burmese, all while learning more about the culture. Deer Park, St Albans and Sydenham libraries will be hosting all ages and abilities events including sensory storytime, book club groups and many other fun storytime events for all the community.

The Bowery Theatre’s ‘Resonate’ program will be showcasing a curated program of online concerts featuring musicians, performers and artists from diverse backgrounds including the video premiere of Melbourne’s rising Hip Hop artist Sean Thompson aka KVNYL on 21 March.

There’s plenty more to experience, so come along and immerse yourself in diverse cuisine, music and culture.

Quotes to be attributed to Brimbank Mayor Cr Ranka Rasic:

“Brimbank Council has been celebrating Cultural Diversity Week for more than a decade now – and this year’s no different with plenty of heart-warming events.

“The celebrations are a wonderful way to recognise the many cultural backgrounds that make up our community.

“Brimbank is proud to be one of the most culturally diverse cities in Australia – with almost half of our residents born overseas.

“It’s important we celebrate with our residents, communities, workplaces and schools and come together to enjoy the diverse food, music, traditions and cultures that make us who we are.

“Join us as we celebrate our wonderfully diverse and vibrant community.”

For event listings and details, please visit www.brimbank.vic.gov.au/events