Victoria's largest multicultural celebration
Multiculturalism is a core part of the Victorian identity, our character and way of life. Our state is home to people who speak 290 languages and have 314 different ancestries. It's also a place where anyone can contribute and belong.
Cultural Diversity Week is a time to celebrate the power, influence, and stories of Victoria's rich multicultural communities, and all Victorians are invited to participate through a variety of in-person events and activities.
In 2023, Cultural Diversity Week will take place across the state from 11 - 21 March.
The 2023 Cultural Diversity Week theme is Our Past. Our Future: Celebrating and reflecting on the contributions of Victoria's multicultural communities. The theme invites Victorians of all ages and backgrounds to reflect on multicultural Victoria's long history and celebrate its bright future.
The theme will be used to guide the events, activities and celebrations planned for Cultural Diversity Week. It will also be the theme of the Victorian Multicultural Gala Dinner 2023, the magical and memorable night that launches Cultural Diversity Week.
As we prepare for Cultural Diversity Week, we invite Victorians to reflect on the day that paved the way for these celebrations. March 21 is the United Nation's International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (IDERD).
This day reminds us that while celebrating multiculturalism is vital, so too is supporting and advocating on behalf of multicultural communities. IDERD concludes Cultural Diversity Week, and so we invite all communities to continue conversations about diversity, inclusion and belonging long after the week has ended.
There are many ways to get involved with Cultural Diversity Week. You can get involved as an individual, a community, an organisation or as a workplace!
If you're getting involved online, or sharing pictures of your event or community, we invite you to use the following hashtags on social media to connect with us and others who are celebrating!
The following pages will provide information, ideas, inspiration and resources to use in planning your Cultural Diversity Week event.
Cultural Diversity Week is proudly presented by the Victorian Multicultural Commission with support from the Victorian Government.