- Wednesday, 6 November 2019 at 4:27 am
Image: Chairperson, Vivienne Nguyen, with Huss Mustafa and Jalpa Dattani from CommBank
Cultural Diversity Week 2020 is shaping up to be bigger and better than ever with a new theme set to spark curiosity and conversations across Victoria.
‘Curiosity. Conversation. Community.’ was announced as the 2020 theme by Commission Chairperson Viv Nguyen at a special event at the Immigration Museum on 24 October 2019.
As the first official event for the largely new cohort of Commissioners, there was a buzz of excitement in the air as Ms Nguyen shared her vision for the Commission’s future.
“The Commission is developing an innovative new program of work that intends to not only supporting diverse communities but will also enable us to lead public discourse about multiculturalism and diversity and what it means for all Victorians in 2020 and beyond.”
“Our new Cultural Diversity Week theme captures our vision perfectly. We want to spark people’s curiosity about culture and each other. We want to lead the conversation about diversity and discuss how beneficial it is to Victoria and why it strengthens our community,” said Ms Nguyen.
Guests at the event were the first to hear of the Commission’s plans for the Week which will start with the popular Premier’s Gala Dinner on Saturday 21 March 2020, falling on the same date as Harmony Day(opens in a new window) and the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination(opens in a new window).
Exciting changes to the events program include holding Victoria’s Multicultural Festival on Sunday 29 March 2020 at Queen Victoria Market, and reimagining Culture Waves as a stand-alone concert in April 2020 to align with Youth Week.
The Multicultural Film Festival (formerly VMC Film Festival) will be held in May 2020 and is set to run on consecutive nights, incorporating a short film competition for school students.
The Commission welcomed Parliamentary Secretary for Multicultural Affairs, Josh Bull, members of the Consular Corps, 2019 sponsors and many friends to help celebrate a successful year and to thank sponsors for their generous contributions.
In addition to the new theme, the Commission unveiled new branding for the Week and a streamlined sponsorship program and prospectus:
The Commission would like to thank all 2019 sponsors for their attendance and support, with special thanks to the Immigration Museum for kindly sponsoring and hosting the event.
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