Banyule Council is celebrating Cultural Diversity Week with two key events on the United Nations Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and Harmony Day, Wednesday 21 March.
Harmony Day Storytime in the Park has been planned and will be hosted by Yarra Plenty Regional Library with stories and activities for under-school-aged children and their carers in the open space next to Crampton Crescent off Finlayson Street in Rosanna Parklands.
Taste of Harmony will be hosted by local residents from different cultural backgrounds and celebrate their stories, memories and food. Your $10 Taste of Harmony booking fee will be donated to the Brotherhood of St Laurence’s Stepping Stones Project.
This year’s Cultural Diversity Week theme is ‘Proud to belong’.
Banyule Mayor Cr Mark Di Pasquale said the theme made good sense.
“In fact we’re told in Article 1 of the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity Identity, Diversity and Pluralism that cultural diversity is as necessary for humankind as biodiversity is for nature,” he said.
“Banyule Council is committed to helping all members of this community with every opportunity to participate, interact and share their cultures so they feel proud to belong and be part of the ever changing richness of Banyule,” he said.
Today, almost 50 per cent of Victorians were either born overseas or have at least one parent who was born overseas. We come from 200 countries, speak over 260 languages and follow more than 130 different faiths.
Cultural Diversity Week events in Banyule
Saturday 17 March, 2-3.30pm: Watsonia Library, Ibbotson St, Watsonia. Book online or phone 9435 2397.
Grand Parade and Kids ArtyFarty Fest
Sunday 18 March: Burgundy St, Heidelberg. Multicultural parade starts 10am and heads towards Sills Bend for Fest start at 11am.
Pasta making class
Monday 19 March, 11am-noon: Rosanna Library.
Tuesday 20 March, 2-3pm: Rosanna Library.
Harmony Day Storytime in the Park
Wednesday 21 March, 10.30-11.30am: Meet at the open space next to Crampton Cres, off Finlayson St, Rosanna Parklands at 10.30am.
A Taste of Harmony
Wednesday 21 March, 10.30am-2pm: The Harmony Centre, Shop 48, The Mall, Heidelberg West Cost: $10. Bookings essential online or phone 8582 9501.
Mall Pop Up Market Saturdayz with a multicultural flavour
Saturday 24 March, 10am-2pm: Bell Street Mall, Heidelberg West.
Holi Festival celebration
Sunday 25 March, 2-4pm: McCubbin Room, The Centre, Ivanhoe. Book online or phone 9497 5780.