Cultural Diversity Week

Cultural Diversity Week is a state-wide celebration of Victoria’s cultural, linguistic and religious diversity.

Coordinated by the Victorian Multicultural Commission, the week-long event is held to coincide with the United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on 21 March.

In 2016, the week will run from 12-20 March and feature hundreds of community 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 the spectacular Victorian Multicultural Festival at Federation Square.


Cultural Diversity Week and schools

The Victorian Multicultural Commission encourages all schools to participate in Cultural Diversity Week and there are many ways that teachers can get their students involved.

To help, we develop a Teachers’ Resource Kit to provide teachers with some inspiration for lesson plans, activities, excursions and events to explore themes around cultural diversity.

The 2016 Teachers’ Resource Kit will be available soon. 


Victorian Multicultural Festival

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The Victorian Multicultural Festival celebrates and showcases our state’s rich andvibrant cultural traditions. The festival features a unique program of food, free music andcultural performances, market stalls and workshops to immerse you in the best of ourcommunity.  


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

The Premier's Gala Dinner is a highlight of Cultural Diversity Week.  The 2016 event will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and will feature multicultural music and  dance performances. In 2015 the Premier's Gala Dinner was an outstanding success with over 1,400 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 updates about the Gala Dinner for 2016!

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Cultural Diversity Week Partnerships

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


Events Calendar

  • 29 Nov

    Handmade - Book Launch

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  • 02 Dec

    Mapping Melbourne 2015

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  • 09 Dec

    Forty Acts of Remembering

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  • 12 Dec

    2015 African Music and Cultural Festival (AMCF)

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