A week of events to celebrate Bendigo Festival of Cultures
ORGANISERS of the Bendigo Festival of Cultures say locals should expect to see lots of colour this week.
The annual festival was launched on Monday night, with community members and distinguished guests came together to celebrate multiculturalism.
Loddon Campaspe Multicultural Services general manager Noemi Cummings said the festival was an important one for the community to get behind.
She said several community organisations and businesses have shown their support by sponsoring the event.
Ms Cummings said throughout the week there would be several performances from different cultures.
“It is about uniting together in partnership and celebrating diversity,” she said.
“We want to include everyone, from the youngest to the oldest.
“I am so happy with how the week is going.”
Ms Cummings said there are several exciting events on offer this week.
On Tuesday night former central Victorian resident Des Cahill will host a forum on multiculturalism in Victoria.
Mr Cahill is a professor at RMIT University in Melbourne.
Ms Cummings said his talk would explore how Bendigo had changed.
“He is amazing,” she said. “When he was growing up everyone in the area was Anglo-Saxon. “He cannot believe the amazing diversity in Bendigo now.”
On Wednesday Police commissioner Ken Lay will visit the city.
It is about uniting together in partnership and celebrating diversity
He will be giving a presentation on how the community can work together to build a stronger and more resilient country.
“Ken Lay doesn’t come here very often,” Ms Cummings said.
“It would be good for him to come to Bendigo.”
Mr Lay will hold his talk at Mac Gillivray Hall between 1pm and 4pm.
On Thursday at the Conservatory Gardens the Dutch community will come together for a special dance performance between 11am and 2pm. On Friday the Uniting Church Hall on Myers Street will play host to the African Experience.
Participants will experience Africa through song, dance and food. The free event will run from 1pm to 4pm.
Ms Cummings said the festival will close on Sunday with Multicultural Extravaganza at the Capital Theatre.
The performance will feature Chinese Dragon Dancers, Karen performers and a Filipino Elvis impersonator.
For more information visit www.bendigofestivalofcultures.org.au