PEOPLE from different cultures came together on Sunday to help celebrate multiculturalism in our society.
As part of the Bendigo Festival of Cultures, hundreds of people came together at the Capital Theatre to watch the closing ceremony of the week-long event.
Titled Multicultural Extravaganza the event saw people from Sri Lanka, Indonesia, India, China and Australia take to the stage.
Loddon Campaspe Multicultural Services general manager Noemi Cummings said the week of events had been fantastic for Bendigo.
“It has gone beyond my expectations,” she said.
“The support from the community has been great and all of the events we have been well attended.”
Ms Cummings said as a multicultural society we needed to learn more from other cultures.
She said it was inspiring to see people from all walks of life come together to celebrate.
“We cannot close our eyes to it, Australia is multicultural society,” Ms Cummings said.
“It is about getting out of our little world and opening our minds.”
Ms Cummings said it was important to recognise that we live in a multicultural community.
“Getting to know each other is a good recipe for making good relationships and to eliminate fear,” she said.
“We need to be a more civilised society and more educated.
“Some people are afraid because they don’t know.
“People may look different, people may speak different, but basically we are all the same deep inside.”
Ms Cummings hoped the event helped to break down barriers when it comes to racism.
She said one of the aims of the event was to give people the opportunity to build relationships.
Ms Cummings said she wanted to thank the team of people who helped put on the event.
"I have a great support team," she said.
"From the committee of management to the volunteers, we wouldn't have been able to do it without them."