Cultural Diversity Week

Cultural Diversity Week brings together Victorians from all walks of life to promote community harmony and celebrate the many cultures that make our state so vibrant.  

Coordinated by the Victorian Multicultural Commission, the week-long celebration coincides with the United Nations Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on 21 March.

Join us from 12-20 March 2016 for hundreds of events and activities across the state.  

Celebrations begin with one of the most popular nights of the year, the Premier's Gala Dinner, and conclude with Victoria’s Multicultural Festival at Federation Square.

For schools


We encourage all schools to participate in Cultural Diversity Week. There are many ways that teachers can get their students involved including an art competition for primary schools, and Resource Kit to help inspire your students to embrace ‘Harmonies from around the world’. 


Victoria’s Multicultural Festival


Victoria’s biggest multicultural festival will be held on 20 March 2016 at Federation Square from 12-8pm. The free, family friendly festival will feature entertainment and activities for all ages and showcase the very best talent from Victoria’s culturally diverse communities.   


Premier's Gala Dinner


A highlight of Cultural Diversity Week, the Premier’s Gala Dinner will be held on Saturday 12 March 2016 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. The popular event celebrates the wonderful sounds of cultural harmony with a spectacular line up of music and dance performances. Registrations of interest have now closed, ticket allocations will be announced in mid-February, 2016.

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The events of Cultural Diversity Week would not be possible without the support of our many partners. To find out how your business or organisation can contribute to Cultural Diversity Week, please contact the VMC on (03) 9651 0601.


Promoting your event


Cultural Diversity Week 2016 will be bigger than ever with your help. Find out how to register your Cultural Diversity Week event on our new website form and how to apply for a Multicultural Festivals and Events grant. Additionally, don't forget to join us on social media to promote the week.

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Events Calendar

  • 21 Feb

    Melbourne Tomato Festival

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  • 28 Feb

    Melbourne Japanese Summer Festival

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  • 02 Mar

    Australian Red Cross 2016 National Practitioners' Forum

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  • 05 May

    Triennial International Conference of the Settlement Council of Australia

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