Get cultured at the Intercultural Cities Australasia Summit

Published on 22 July 2019

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Following Council’s commitment to become a member of the Intercultural Cities Programme last October, we are teaming up with Ballarat and Melton Councils to host the Intercultural Cities Australasia Summit from 30 July – 1 August, with programs taking place across each municipality.

All three cities are members of the Intercultural Cities network, convened by Europe’s leading human rights organisation, the Council of Europe.

The network recognises the opportunities that comes from having a diverse community. It aims to promote the advantages of working alongside organisations and community members with different cultural, language, faith and identity backgrounds, resulting in the creation of communities where there is a deep understanding and respect for all.

Throughout the Summit, the community is invited to hear about opportunities and challenges in the intercultural space from local and international experts.

Day three of the Summit will take place in Maribyrnong on Thursday 1 August, and the theme is Taking it to the Streets.

Connection to Land and Interculturalism starts with a First Nation perspective of interculturalism. It will take place at Footscray Community Arts Centre, those attending can take part in weaving an eel trap as they hear about traditional owners’ continuous connection to country and interculturalism.

This will be followed by an artist talk by renowned street artist Heesco and a dynamic dance performance by L2R as part of Interculturalism in Arts and Culture.

The day will culminate with a travelling food tour of the vibrant and diverse streets of Footscray. Enjoy a sample of Footscray’s finest food offerings including Ethiopian, Vietnamese and French during the Footscray Winter Feast event.

City of Maribyrnong Mayor, Cr Martin Zakharov, is encouraging everyone to take part in these fantastic events.

“People from all around the world now call Maribyrnong home, and we want to make sure that everyone feels a sense of belonging and is given the opportunity to thrive.

“We truly value diversity as a source of creativity and innovation, and we want to continue to foster and promote interculturalism,” Cr Zakharov said.