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Cultural Diversity Week in Wyndham

Cultural Diversity Week in Wyndham
  
   

Next month, Wyndham City will shine a spotlight on its varied cultural fabric with a series of events for Cultural Diversity Week, set to take place from March 18 to 24. The week’s theme, “Our Shared Stories, Celebrating Together,” aligns with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on March 21.

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The festivities will commence with the unveiling of “Our World in Wyndham,” a new song by The Peace Choir Project, a joint effort between Wyndham Community and Education Centre and Play it Forward Australia. The song’s launch, alongside its accompanying music video that showcases Wyndham’s diverse populace, will happen at the Wyndham Cultural Centre on March 18, from 6 pm to 8 pm, free of charge. The song is an anthem of inclusivity.

Artistic diversity is also on display with Dilshad Moosajee’s exhibition at Tarneit Community Centre from March 18 to 20. “My World of Colour: Journey into Artistic Exploration” is an artistic voyage that reflects Moosajee’s life as an Australian with Kenyan heritage through a vibrant array of paintings.

At the same time, the emerging Chinese Australian artist MeiMei Hodgkinson will present her exhibition “普通人 (Ordinary People)” at Saltwater Community Centre from March 19 to 21. Her artwork challenges the notion of the ordinary with depictions of local residents.

Wyndham’s libraries join the celebration, offering bilingual storytelling, craft sessions, and other engaging activities. Manor Lakes Library will host a session on raising multilingual children and a tea tasting event that takes participants on a global sensory journey.

Councillor Jennie Barrera, Wyndham City Mayor and holder of the Welcoming City portfolio, emphasizes that multiculturalism is integral to Wyndham’s essence and appeal. With nearly half of Wyndham’s residents born outside Australia and a similar percentage speaking a language other than English at home, Cr Barrera believes that now more than ever, it’s crucial to acknowledge and honor the city’s cultural diversity.

She views Cultural Diversity Week as an opportunity to cultivate a collective sense of community, reflect on the multicultural narratives that enrich Wyndham, and uphold cultural respect for everyone.

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