Cultural Diversity Week at a Glance
Victoria is Australia’s most culturally diverse state, and one of the most multicultural regions in the world. Every
year in March, Victorians of all cultural backgrounds, faiths, ages and walks of life come together at events held all over
the state for Cultural Diversity Week. Cultural Diversity Week is Victoria’s biggest and brightest celebration of multiculturalism,
showcasing the vibrant sights, sounds and tastes of our rich and evolving multicultural community. It’s a chance to learn,
share, connect and enjoy – to honour our differences while simultaneously uniting in our shared humanity.
In its 17th year, Cultural Diversity Week will run from 16 to 24 March 2019. The week coincides
with the United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination,
which is held annually on 21 March.
Cultural Diversity Week kicks off with the Premier’s Gala Dinner, culminates with
Victoria’s Multicultural Festival and Culture Waves concert, and is complemented
by the VMC Film Festival in May. In addition to these flagship events, there
are hundreds of festivals, exhibitions, talks and performances hosted by community
organisations, business, sporting clubs and local councils all around the state.
Cultural Diversity Week is presented by the Victorian Multicultural Commission with
support from the Victorian Government. But it’s the Victorian community who
really bring the week to life, and who have succeeded in making it the state’s biggest
and brightest multicultural celebration. With 45,000 attendees at Victoria’s Multicultural
Festival and Culture Waves concert and 1,400 guests at the Premier’s Gala Dinner – not to
mention more than 200 performers across the three events – Cultural Diversity Week is a
fantastic opportunity to deepen your engagement with multicultural and mainstream audiences.