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Free Community Day at Woodlands Historic Park
Come along for a free day of family fun at Woodlands Historic Park! Discover the park’s hidden wonders, learn more about your local environment, and take part in fun activities. Entertainment includes guest TV gardener Vasili Kanidiadis and Tanzanian refugee rap act FLYBZ. The 'Live. Grow. Explore.' Community Day aims to bring together the diverse local population to enjoy and learn more about sustainable living, as well as how Landcare Australia supports communities caring for our environment.
When: Sunday 23 March 2014
Where: Woodlands Historic Park, Oaklands Road, Greenvale
Multicultural Harmony Festival
The City of Knox boasts a very multicultural demographic, from 130 different countries with 29 per cent of its residents being born in a foreign country. The Multicultural Harmony Festival will showcase these lively communities with food stalls, music performances and lots of other activities.
When: 29 and 30 March 2014
Where: Polish House 'Syrena' 1325 Stud Road Rowville
Cost: Free entry
Phone Number: 0419 330 977 (Michael)
A Culturally Diverse Comedy Night
A night of laughter featuring some of Australia's finest culturally diverse stand up comics including; Tahir, Joe Avati, Gabriel Rossi, and Mayumi Nobestu. The show is family friendly and suited for children 12 plus years of age.
When: 8pm, 13 and 14 March 2014
Where: 13 March - Abruzzo Club, Lygon Street, East Brunswick and 14 March - Beaumaris Hotel, 472 Beach Road, Beaumaris
Phone Number: Antonella 0431 149 808
Bookings: 1800 028 559
Women’s Federation for World Peace in the City - Her Story
Come along and share in the stories of extraordinary women. Women’s Federation for World Peace is committed to providing women with the knowledge, tools and the support needed to create lasting peace at home, in our communities and our nations. Local Chapters seek to empower women to discover their unique value within a supportive multicultural community.
When: 3rd Sunday of April, July and October
Where: Multicultural Hub, 506 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne
Phone Number: Anne Bellavance 5968 2664
Women’s Federation for World Peace in the Hills - Workshops
WFWP is committed to providing women with the knowledge, tools and the support needed to create lasting peace at home, in our communities and our nations. Local chapters aim to empower women to discover their unique value within a supportive multicultural community.
When: 1st Sunday of the month
Where: Belgrave Library, Reynolds Lane, Belgrave
Phone Number: Anne Bellavance 5968 2664
Serbian Community History Book
To celebrate their 20th anniversary, the Serbian Community Association of Australia Inc. has published a book about the Serbian community in Victoria. ‘The History of Serbian Migration in Victoria - What Shapes My Identity Today’ provides a window into the different experiences and challenges faced by the Serbian people during their migration and their integration into Australian society. The book contains personal accounts from 20 individuals of Serbian background who migrated in different periods since 1948 and explores ideas of belonging, cultural heritage, memory, faith, integration and migrant experiences. For more information about the book please contact the Serbian Community Association of Australia on the phone number and email below.
Phone Number: (03) 9701 7308
Looking for a bilingual playgroup, preschool or story-time?
Check out the Languages Australia website. The website features links to more than 270 bilingual playgroups in Australia; more than 120 preschool age options such as day-care and bilingual story-time; and provides a list of primary and secondary schools and their language of focus. You can also add your group to the website.
Support for young Italian migrants
Nomit - Italian Network of Melbourne is a pilot project set up to provide support and information to young Italian migrants in Melbourne. Information is provided free of charge by members of the network and is available on the Nomit website at www.italianimelbourne.it; by email firstname.lastname@example.org; face-to-face, three days a week at the Italian Consulate, 509 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne; and through the Nomit Facebook page.
Help with translations
Did you know that, within the first two years of arriving to permanently settle in Australia, migrants can have key personal documents translated into English, at no cost, to assist with settlement into the community? The intention of the Free Translating Service Policy is to support positive settlement outcomes for newly arrived migrants especially in the areas of education, employment and community participation. Requests for free translation of personal documents from eligible people may be lodged at select Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) tuition centres which will then send them to a translation service provider. Permanent residents, Australian citizens, and certain temporary/provisional visa holders are eligible for the service. For more information visit the website listed below.
Multicultural Communities’ Collection Project
Are you interested in saving and preserving your community’s historical material for future generations? Museums Australia (Victoria) with support from the Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria, is running a project to help culturally and linguistically diverse community groups document and preserve the material they hold, and the stories they carry, about their immigration and settlement experiences. The material can include anything brought with them to remind them of ‘home’, such as: documents and photographs recording the voyage to Australia; and, documents, photographs and objects reflecting their settlement in Australia - finding work, finding a home, learning English and establishing groups with others from their home countries. Experts will visit these community groups to view their collections and assess the sort of assistance they might need and what can be offered especially in regard to documenting the stories of the material and ensuring safe storage. Representatives of the community groups will be invited to training by Museums Australia (Victoria) to use a simple computer program to list and catalogue the photographs, documents, textiles and objects in their collections. It is hoped that this project will help communities to preserve important material and stories that explain the journeys that have brought them to Victoria. For more information contact Dr Helen Light AM or visit the website (see details listed below).
Phone Number: Dr Helen Light AM - (03) 9699 2639
Culture Victoria - discover our stories, collections and places
The Victorian Cultural Network provides public access to Victorian cultural content, enabling organisations to make more readily available their collection, research and other information. Groups can register their collections at www.cv.vic.gov.au.