Cultural Diversity Week 2022
Join the Hobsons Bay celebrations of Cultural Diversity and Harmony Day in March 2022
Saturday 19 to 27 March 2022 - Cultural Diversity Week
Monday 21 March 2022 – Harmony Day
Theme: Connecting through culture
Hobsons Bay City Council is proud of its diverse community and we look forward to celebrating it during Cultural Diversity Week 2022 and on Harmony Day, with a program of fun and engaging activities across the city.
Hobsons Bay is home to iconic cultural architecture, worldly flavours, and spiritual adventures. Explore all of this and more right here in our local community. The Hobsons Bay community comes from 140 different countries, speaking over 100 different languages and celebrating more than 90 different faiths. From the First Nations peoples to successive waves of migrants, our community is continually changing. Let’s celebrate this diversity together in harmony.
Cultural Diversity Week BBQ (Thursday 17 March 2022)
Join us at Joan Kirner House in Williamstown for a free BBQ to celebrate Cultural Diversity Week. All are welcome!
When: Thursday 17 March, 12.15pm to 1.15pm
Where: Joan Kirner House, 14 Thompson Street, Williamstown
Contact details: No RSVP required, any questions please contact Williamstown Community Education Centre on 9397 6168.
Living in Harmony (Monday 21 March 2022)
Living in Harmony means understanding our differences, making the effort to connect and communicate respectfully and celebrating how this makes us a stronger and more resilient community. Come and join local people from migrant and refugee backgrounds supported by the Hobsons Bay Intercultural Services Network to reflect on what Living in Harmony means to the community of Hobsons Bay. This event features a grand opening from local Aboriginal Opera singer Shauntai Batzke, followed by the chance to learn and sing a special song about Living in Harmony written by local musician, drama and language specialist Jodie Whitehurst from The Language Scene, and enjoy a craft activity exploring what Harmony means to you.
When: Monday 21 March, 10am to 1pm
Where: Laverton Community Hub, 95 – 105 Railway Avenue, Laverton
Contact details: We apologise but this event is at full capacity already. Please check Council’s Facebook page for shared event recordings.
Coffee Afternoon on Harmony Day (Monday 21 March 2022)
You are invited to join us in celebrating Cultural Diversity Week and Harmony Day with a traditional coffee ceremony. Enjoy the taste and smell of fresh coffee made in front of you, as you listen to the story of how coffee came to be so well known.
When: Monday 21 March, 1pm to 3pm
Where: Walker Close Community Centre, 180 Millers Road, Altona North
Contact details: RSVP by 14 March to email@example.com
Intercultural walk and talk with Hobsons Bay Rangers (Saturday 26 March 2022)
Explore local park life, learn about migratory birds journeys and foster connection and belonging in Hobsons Bay with a culturally diverse community group and Council’s Park Rangers. Followed by a pizza lunch and chance to make new connections and friends.
When: Saturday 26 March, 11am to 1.30pm
Where: PA Burns Reserve, Altona
Contact details: We apologise but this event is at full capacity already. Please check Council’s Facebook page for shared event pictures.
Victorian Interfaith Networks Festival (Sunday 27 March 2022)
The Faith Communities Council of Victoria, in partnership with Melton Interfaith Network & City of Melton and Wyndham Interfaith Network, City of Wyndham and Wyndham Community & Education Centre, would like to invite you to the 2022 Victorian Interfaith Networks Festival.
The Victorian Interfaith Networks Festival is a grass-roots conference which aims to help build the capacity and sustainability of existing multifaith/interfaith networks, bring people up-to-date with current multifaith/interfaith matters and provide connection opportunities. Members of the Hobsons Bay Interfaith Network will be joining the festival and encourage other interested community members to come along too.
When: Sunday 27 March, 12pm to 4.30pm
Where: Encore Events Centre, 80 Derrimut Road, Hoppers Crossing
Contact details: To register for this event please contact Mr Sandy Kouroupidis, Multifaith Officer, Faith Communities Council of Victoria on 0412 670 369 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org
Responding to racism – active bystander training (Wednesday 30 March 2022)
Hobsons Bay is proud of its cultural diversity. Hobsons Bay City Council supports intercultural relationships between people and groups to foster a sense of belonging for all. Discrimination based on race is against the law. Racism has long term negative impacts on people’s health and wellbeing. Racism happens and is witnessed every day. Join expert facilitators Polykala in this experiential online workshop to learn skills and strategies to respond to racism and reduce the harmful impact it has on our community.
What to expect:
- Defining racism.
- Intention and impact of racism.
- Bystander action (options you can safely make if you witness racism).
- Indirect and direct approaches to dealing with discrimination.
- Tips for difficult conversations.
Any questions about the workshop - please contact email@example.com
When: Wednesday 30 March, 9.30am to 12.30pm
Where: Online via zoom
Contact details: Register here by 28 March, 5pm