As a Chinese living in Australia, I go to see the New Year’s Eve fireworks as a ritual every year. It is always a good time to reflect on the past year and look forward to the next when the firework spectacular lights up the sky from Sydney’s iconic attraction – the Sydney Harbour Bridge. This year’s display did not disappoint with photos shared on WeChat wowing many of my friends back home.
It is the United Nations International Migrants Day today. This year’s theme is “Safe Migration in a World on the Move”, which puts spotlights on some of the challenges in the global migration such as people trafficking.
Ethnic community groups in Casey Victoria got together to share their stories about their personal journeys to Australia as migrants for artist Dena Al Jamal to transform these stories and ideas into a quilt artwork. This exciting art project will feature a multicoloured haired woman on the quilt that represent mothers from different cultural backgrounds, and it will be delivered in March next year.
Multicultural NSW CEO Hakan Harman has spoken about the importance for Australia’s media and marketing industry to address multicultural audiences, at the AdNews Live! Reframing Australia event in November.
A recent report by Deakin University on the current status of multiculturalism in Australia re-affirms that the general public support multiculturalism in Australia, with a good understanding and acceptance of multiculturalism as cultural diversity.
Pyrmont-Ultimo celebrates the distinct culturally diverse characteristics of the area its distinct with the Uptown Festival on 28th October at Quarry Green, Ultimo, to bring the community together and cultivate the sense of community harmony.
The Korean Cultural Festival will be held in Brisbane this Saturday, inviting everyone to celebrate Korean heritage, foods and cultural performances.
Queensland will welcome its Multicultural Month in August. The the state’s largest multicultural celebration recognises and showcases its unique diversity and the benefits covering four major areas: arts and sports, digital technology advancement, business success, and cultural competence. Spread out throughout four weeks with a different focus for each week, August in Queensland is filled with a festive multicultural atmosphere.
Bigger and better, the Childers Festival is back at south west of Bundaberg this weekend with five stages of entertainment and over 400 stalls of world cuisine from the globe. Always held in the last weekend of July, the festival is one of signature multicultural events in Queensland, attracting a crowd of over 5000 people each year.
The 21st Byron Writers Festival will be held on 4th – 6th of August in Byron Bay, NSW. It is the largest regional writers’ festival with a seven-day program that engages the local community of more than 65,000 individuals and reaches over 4,000 school students.