Cultural Diversity Week

Cultural Diversity Week (CDW) 2015 was the biggest and best yet with hundreds of events held across Victoria.

Cultural Diversity Week is one of Victoria's largest multicultural celebrations, and in 2015 it ran from 14-22 March.

In 2016 Cultural Diversity Week will run from 12-21 March.

Cultural Diversity Week is held annually to coincide with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on 21 March, and is an opportunity for all Victorians to come together to share their culture, faith and language.

The week long annual celebration kicks off with one of the most popular nights of the year, the Premier's Gala Dinner, and concludes with the spectacular Viva Victoria Multicultural Festival at Federation Square.

Each year during Cultural Diversity Week, hundreds of communities host their own events across Victoria to celebrate our diversity and the benefits that multiculturalism brings to our State.

To find out more about Cultural Diversity Week 2015 and to access the Tookit, click on the link below.


Cultural Diversity Week And Schools

THE VMC encourages all schools to participate in Cultural Diversity Week (CDW) and there are many ways that teachers can get their students involved. To help, we’ve developed a Teachers’ Resource Kit to provide teachers with some inspiration for lesson plans, activities, excursions and events to explore themes around cultural diversity. Click on the link below for more information.


Viva Victoria Multicultural Festival

VIVA Victoria 2015 was the biggest and best yet! Held at Federation Square on Sunday 22 March the spectacular Viva Victoria Multicultural Festival wowed the crowds with music and dance across four stages. Festival goers also enjoyed exotic food, workshops, film, arts, crafts, a kids zone with free activities and face painting, and much more. This free, public event is the ultimate celebration of Victoria's vibrant cultural diversity.


Cultural Diversity Week Sponsorship

THE events of Cultural Diversity would not be possible without the help of our many sponsors and supporters. To find out how to contribute to Cultural Diversity Week, please contact the VMC on (03) 9651 0651.


Premier's Gala Dinner - A dazzling display of our multicultural diversity!

THE Premier's Gala Dinner is a highlight of Cultural Diversity Week. Held at the Crown Palladium and featuring a showcase of multicultural dance and performance, a spectacular and entertaining evening is always guaranteed. In 2015 the Premier's Gala Dinner was an outstanding success with over 1,000 guests representing many communities at the glittering event. If you missed out this year, be sure to sign up for the VMC e-news to receive all the latest information about multicultural Victoria - inlcluding the Gala Dinner 2016!

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Promoting Your Cultural Diversity Week Event

CDW 2015 may be over for another year, but you can still promote upcoming events in the local media and within your community. If your event is open to the public then promotion is a vital step to ensuring as many people as possible have access to your activities. We have prepared a simple guide to help you promote your event and gain maximum media exposure. Click on the link below for more information.

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Events Calendar

  • 15 Aug

    India Day

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  • 18 Jul

    Bastille Day French Festival

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  • 10 Jul

    Nitet Yapeneyepuk

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  • 05 Jul

    NAIDOC Week 2015: Bunjilaka

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