Yesterday, saw Cultural Diversity Week draw to a close with a spectacular gathering of Victoria’s many diverse communities at Victoria’s Multicultural Festival (formerly Viva Victoria)! Yet another exciting and vibrant festival, the 2016 edition of Victoria’s Multicultural Festival saw large crowds gather at Federation Square to enjoy the array of rich multicultural artistic talent and activities on offer.
“Together we stand in harmony” was the theme of this year’s Cultural Diversity Week and this was encompassed throughout Victoria’s Multicultural Festival with over 30 live acts across the eight hour festival. Federation Square was transformed into a truly global market place with arts and crafts from around the world and delicious food from over 21 countries. There was a harmonious buzz of celebration across the festival, with the perfect weather for listening to Colombian rhythms, traditional Indian music, funk and gospel sounds at one of the four stages or witnessing the eye catching pink flamingo stilt dancers roaming the square.
One of the main features of the festival was the announcement of the Primary School Art Competition winners. Launched in 2013, the Primary School Art Competition was designed to engage the younger members of Victoria’s community with our cultural, linguistic and religious diversity. This year we received a tremendous response to the competition, over 400 artworks were submitted to the competition from around 31 schools.
Proudly presented by the Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC), Victoria’s Multicultural Festival was the true highlight of Cultural Diversity Week. The festival brought together a diverse crowd, from across Victoria, to share in the vibrancy, diversity and spirit of the much loved multiculturalism of our state and was a spectacular end to the hundreds of events that took place as part of Cultural Diversity Week.