2 March 2016

Cultural Diversity Week, celebrated in Victoria from Saturday 12 – Sunday 20 March, brings people from all walks of life together to promote harmony and celebrate the many cultures that make up our vibrant community.

With more than 140 nationalities calling the City of Manningham home  and the municipality recently being declared a Migrant and Refugee Welcome Zone, this year the community will celebrate cultural diversity with a whole series of events over the month of March. 

Respect Soccer tournament – Uniting Communities through the Power of Sport
Sunday 6 March, 11.30 am – 5.30 pm
Andersons Park, 117 Andersons Creek Road, Doncaster East

Join in and celebrate Manningham’s diverse multicultural and multifaith community through sport, food and festivities.

Activities include:
Free Soccer Clinic (5 – 14 year olds) run by Melbourne City Soccer Club from 11.30 am
Multicultural Soccer round robin from 1.00 pm to 5.30 pm
Community team vs. Victoria Police team exhibition match

For bookings/information visit http://respectroundrobin.wix.com/manningham

Chess for Fun
Doncaster Library, every Thursday in March (and ongoing to June), 1.30 pm to 3.00 pm
MC Square, 687 Doncaster Road, Doncaster

Meet new people and learn to play Chinese Chess.  Bilingual English/Chinese tuition provided.  Everyone is welcome, from beginners to experienced players.  Bookings not required.

Hybrid II Exhibition at Manningham Walk of Art
Monday 7 March – Saturday 2 April 2016
Walk of Art @ MC², 687 Doncaster Road, Doncaster
Opening event: Saturday 12 March, 4.00 pm – 5.00 pm

Hybrid II presents a collaborative series of 25 etchings from artists, Damon Kowarsky and Muhammad Atif Khan.

In 2014 Damon Kowarsky travelled to National College of Arts Lahore to work with Pakistani artist Atif Khan on prints exploring history and cultural exchange between Australia and Pakistan.

A drawing project will also be conducted by Damon Kowarsky during the exhibition.  The aim of the project will be to showcase the contribution, partnership and the cultural diversity of the Manningham community. The finished artwork will be on display from 14 March  – 2 April at the Manningham Civic Centre foyer, 699 Doncaster Road, Doncaster.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body

Multicultural Arts Activity
Friday 18 March, 3.30 pm to 5.00 pm
Plaza Park at MC Square, 687 Doncaster Road, Doncaster

Bring the kids along after school for some free art fun with a multicultural flavour.

Ajani Multicultural Festival
Saturday 19 March, 12 noon – 4.00 pm
Ajani Community Hub and Reserve, 284 Thompsons Road, Templestowe Lower

Enjoy free cultural performances, giant games, backyard sports, face painting, petting zoo, art activities and a multicultural grill barbeque.

Manningham Harmony Day Celebration “The Quest of Discovery”. 
Wednesday 23 March, 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm
Manningham Function Centre, Doncaster

A vibrant evening of insight, music, culture and celebration hosted by the Manningham Interfaith Network, local primary and secondary schools as well as local Sikh, Muslim, Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Baha’i and other faith communities.

This event is supported by Manningham Council and the Victorian Multicultural Commission.  All are welcome.  For bookings email dothaynes041@gmail.com or phone 0425 718937.

For more information on Cultural Diversity Week in Manningham visit http://www.manningham.vic.gov.au/culturaldiversityweek