Welcome to the VMC Community Noticeboard. If you would like to promote your event here please email the details to the Victorian Multicultural Commission.firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Multicultural Islamic Food Festival
The festival celebrates Islamic food and food culture with traditional food stalls, children’s activities and fun for the whole family. There will be lots of games, contests and cooking demonstrations, along with an introduction to Islamic food and food culture.
When: 12pm to 5pm, 14 December 2013
Where: McIntosh Centre, Shepparton Showgrounds, Corner of Thompson Street and High Street, Shepparton
Are you ready for the big switch?
On 10 December 2013 the analog free-to-air TV signals are switching off in Melbourne and surrounding areas. If you want to keep watching your favourite free-to-air TV shows, you'll need to be digital ready. To convert to digital TV, you will need to: connect a digital set-top box or digital TV recorder to each analog TV; or upgrade to a TV with a built-in digital tuner. For more information about the switch to digital-only TV signals and for translated information, visit the Digital Ready website via the link below.
Anatolian Cultures and Arts Festival
An event for the whole family. It brings the taste of Anatolia to Victoria. Whirling dervishes, exhibitions, Ottoman art displays, concerts, folk dances, traditional food, international music artists, performances from many different Anatolian cultures, Trojan horse, Ottoman and Seljuk gates, the replica of the famous Grand Bazaar, colourful costumes and much more.
When: 10am to 11pm, Sunday 8 December 2013
Where: Federation Square, Melbourne
Mapping Melbourne - Independent Contemporary Asian Arts
Mapping Melbourne is a program of free events that profile the diversity of contemporary Asian arts and culture. Exhibiting and performing at some of Melbourne's most iconic institutions the festival will profile established and emerging artists from across China, Indonesia, Australia, Malaysia, India, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, Mongolia and New Zealand.
When: 5 to 8 December 2013
Where: Various locations around Melbourne's CBD
Alliance Francaise Christmas Market
Come and enjoy a French weekend at the Alliance Francaise packed with free activities for all ages at their 10th Annual French Christmas Market and Open Day. The market will showcase French products sold or made by French designers living in Australia and offers a range of free activities including: theatre/cabaret performances; food and wine; plus activities for children.
When: 10am to 6pm, 7 and 8 December 2013
Where: 51 Grey Street, St Kilda
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 email@example.com; 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
Capoeira Angola Classes
So what is Capoeira Angola all about? Imagine participating in a challenging art form that involves energetically play-acting in dance fights with Afro-Brazilian music and songs that describe life, the country and the community. This sort of activity is called a Capoeira Angola Roda and it is one of the rituals of Afro-Brazilian culture that is still alive and practiced today not only in remembrance of the cultural and physical resistance that was used by Brazilian slaves to gain freedom but also because Capoeira Angola has health benefits and ensures the mental, emotional and physical wellbeing of a participant.
When: Tuesday - Beginners Class: 6.30 to 7.30 pm. Mixed Level Class: 7.30 to 8.30 pm. Thursday - Beginners Class: 6 to 7pm Mixed Level class: 7.15 to 8.30 pm.
Where: Multicultural Hub, 506 Elizabeth St (opposite the Victoria Markets), Melbourne
Phone Number: 0420 703 955
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.