‘The Whole Village into One Digital Stage’, a free online multicultural festival, is coming 18–22 January 2021, 10:00am to 2:00pm.

Learn about Bendigo’s Chinese heritage through the Golden Dragon Museum and an interview with one of its volunteers as well as a presentation about the local Kum Too family, and discover Westgarthtown, a historic German and Wendish dairy farming settlement. We will also host an informative Zoom presentation and a Q&A with Don Susantha Katugampala, immigration specialist and accredited lawyer.

Enjoy international dances, world music, and quizzes and competitions to win prizes.

As part of our festival, our knitting competition has already been announced. If you have missed the knitting registration deadline, are interested in performing for our festival or have a cultural tradition for us to showcase, please contact:

Tinatin Panchvidze.
Community Engagement Officer
Email: Tinatin.Panchvidze@amcservices.org.au
Phone: 0412 418 596

Our online festival is free, but registrations are required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/multicultural-festival-the-whole-village-into-one-digital-stage-tickets-133624686033

Stay tuned for further updates.

 

 

 

 

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18 January 2021— Come, Watch and Try Dancing

 

After the opening speech, Aunty Di Kerr, Wurundjeri Elder, will deliver the Welcome to Country ceremony at West Sunshine Community Centre. Macedonian and Burmese communities will perform traditional dances.

Opening Speech by Tinatin Panchvidze

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1B5y_g72YcOrtPLnkjIfecT59sBroxsFe/view

 

Welcome to Country ceremony at West Sunshine Community Centre

https://tinyurl.com/yxluebqu

Day 1 of the Multicultural Festival! Special thanks to Aunty Di Kerr, Wurundjeri Elder, for the Welcome to Country; the Veseli Makedoni Dancing Group, and the Papua New Guinea Women’s Association of Victoria for their cultural dance performances.

 

AMCS Mental Health Video

https://youtu.be/U6hNrgAFkJQ

 

11:00 – 11:45am: Bollywood dance workshop

Watch the recording here:  https://tinyurl.com/y2xnefdy

The workshop is organised in cooperation with Dance up! Australia at Southern Migrant & Refugee Centre, a group that provides the opportunity for people to learn cultural dances, meet new friends and get healthy.

 

1:00 – 2:00pm: Stay fit for dance

Watch the recording here:  https://tinyurl.com/y2fvlvbl

Meet our Moving for Life instructors, Varuna and Saamantha, and the program’s participants with a Q&A. Learn gentle exercises to remain fit for dancing.

       

 

Ajantha’s Thank You 

Anjantha and five other ladies from Sri Lanka Community Services composed a dance based on the movements they learnt from AMCS Moving for Life. With this video, they thank the trainers Varuna and Saamantha for keeping them fit and healthy during COVID-19.

Sri Lanka Community Services Association

Chandra’s dance

https://tinyurl.com/y5tay7oo

‘This dance is set within a tea plantation and tells the story between a superintendent and one of his tea pluckers. We see the superintendent try to tempt the girl to come with him by offering her things. However, she refuses him as she doesn’t want people to gossip about them. He continues his advances, so she finally lies and tells him that she got married the night before, in an attempt to stop him bothering her. But in the end, he grabbed her and took her away.’ Chandra, Sri Lanka Community Services Association

 

Greek/Cypriot Dance

https://tinyurl.com/y39wzlyg

The Greek and Cypriot Social/Welfare Centre was established in 1998 and held its first meeting in 2000 with great success.

60 members joined the club for men and women aged 18–90 at the United Church in Preston.

As time passed, we moved to the Intercultural Centre at Preston Library, but only women attended.

We then moved to Reservoir Civic Centre and it slowly became a monthly women’s seniors club with activities such as guest speakers, bingo, outings and a Justice of the Peace service.

During the year, we focus on bringing a variety of cultural events such as the Kataklysmos/Penticosti (Festival of the Floods), which is celebrated 50 days after Greek Easter. The Dekapentaugoustos event is celebrated in August for the Dormition of the Virgin Mary, along with theatrical plays and other events. Hopefully this year, we would be able to hold an International Family Day to bring together members of our community, both young and old.

 

Bendigo Chinese Association – Plum Blossom Dances

https://tinyurl.com/y6forvys

 

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19 January 2021 — Share Your Journey to Australia

 

10:30 – 12:30pm: Share your journey to Australia followed by immigration information with a Q&A

Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/98056318089

Watch a short conversation with a filmmaker and a screening of the freshly released film about Melbourne’s Serbian migrants discovering indigenous culture through their Australian journey.

Later, meet Golden Dragon Museum’s director and learn about Bendigo’s Chinese heritage. Listen to an interview with one of the museum’s volunteers and watch a presentation about the local Kum Too family.

Afterwards, visit a little museum at Melbourne’s beautiful Westgarthtown (today known as Thomastown), which treasures the history and artefacts of German Wendish people, who still live there today. Watch a film with a moving and interesting story about this community and read letters with immigration stories by members of diverse communities.

There’s also a free online webinar with accredited immigration lawyer, Don Susantha Katugampala. Learn about immigration law’s rapidly changing world and your rights and options.

Telmo Languiller, former MP and Speaker of the Victorian Legislative Assembly, will join us to share his journey to Australia and his extensive experience working with multicultural communities. The presentation will feature recent developments on immigration law followed by a Q&A.

 

Serbian Film: Sreten Bozic Wongar
Directed by Dragan Gavrilovic

 

Introduction about the film by Dr Lara Jakica:  https://tinyurl.com/y63thz2p

 

Immigration stories

Ursula’s Migration Story

Migration story (Anonymous)

 

Our Tapestry of Stories by Suzana Stapar

https://tinyurl.com/y3rt6e5g

‘It is a real tapestry of stories aimed at connecting different generations of migrants from diverse backgrounds who are helped by the Australian Multicultural Community Services (AMCS), so that the stories can be shared and read by residents of aged care centres, connecting older generation of migrants to today’s migrants.’

 

Interview with Director of the Museum at Westgarttown

https://tinyurl.com/y4wczx2w

Dr Lara Jakica, AMCS Coordinator of Volunteer Programs, takes you on a tour to Melbourne’s beautiful Westgarthtown, also known as Thomastown. The museum treasures the history and artefacts of German Wendish people, who still live there today.

 

Westgarthtown & WWI Documentary

https://www.westgarthtown.org.au/ww1/

 

Bendigo’s Chinese heritage through the Golden Dragon Museum

Interview with Hugo Leschen, the CEO of the Golden Dragon Museum

https://tinyurl.com/y4fa8mho

Interview with one of the museum volunteers

https://tinyurl.com/y62sa8kq

Presentation about the local Kum Too family

https://tinyurl.com/yygo92c4

 

Immigration Lawyer Zoom session

https://tinyurl.com/y6kaf7hp

 

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20 January 2021 — Diversity Music Collective

 

Let us take you on a world tour full of sounds and colours with Sri Lankan, Greek, Brazilian, Filipino, Tamil and Polish music.

Get the chance to witness a valuable work by Georgian ethnomusicologists, who keep the tradition of Georgian polyphonic singing alive, and despite the small size of their community in Australia, Melbourne is one of the main hubs of this UNESCO heritage treasure.

Melbourne band, SARAY Iluminado Femme, will perform Bosnian, Sephardic songs and tell fascinating cultural stories.

Experience the infectious and dynamic percussive sounds of Brazil with O’Ziriguidum Escola de Samba. Based in Melbourne, O’Ziriguidum is a percussion group showcasing the sound power and street-feel of the drums of Brazil samba tradition. Versatile and flexible, O’Ziriguidum has done everything from street festivals to corporate functions. Featuring members of all ages and backgrounds, they are an all-inclusive group — anyone can join regardless of experience or ability. Visit their page for more information: https://www.facebook.com/Oziriguidum

Videos and links to come.

 

Classical songs sung by Sri Lankan migrants

https://tinyurl.com/y4dt69fo

https://tinyurl.com/y6h25asw

 

Song sung by Dhammika’s Daugther

https://tinyurl.com/y4v3mxv9

 

Chrishanthi Mangalasinghe’s Song

 

Chandani’s song

https://tinyurl.com/y2tgqnme

 

Polish Respite Day Centre, Wantirna, performing a Polish song.

https://tinyurl.com/y5quk6fu

 

AMCS is proud to present Georgian Folk Polyphony, performed by the Melbourne Georgian Choir and directed by Dr Nino Tsitsishvili and Dr Joseph Jordania.

 

UNESCO proclaims Georgian polyphony as a masterpiece of oral and tangible Heritage of Humanity. The Georgian community in Melbourne is very small and consists of a handful of individuals, including world-class ethnomusicologists, Nino and Joseph, who founded the Melbourne Georgian Choir. The choir’s members have diverse cultural backgrounds, from English, Australian to Polish, and are a perfect example of how communities are connected and traditions are shared through music and art.

Thank you to Dr Nino Tsitsishvili and Dr Bruce Watson for providing us this material.

 

SARAY Iluminado Femme

https://tinyurl.com/y664wr8h

Watch as they perform interpretations of Sevdah from Bosnia and Herzegovina and Jewish Sephardic music from the Balkans.

 

Bendigo Filipino Community – Marie signing ‘Sweet as Honey’

https://tinyurl.com/y3wd4ysj

 

City of Greater Bendigo’s Intercultural Ambassadors – performing the song ‘You and I’

Performance:  https://tinyurl.com/y4uw4hjq

A music video, written, produced and performed by the City of Greater Bendigo’s Intercultural Ambassadors is simply a love song to the Bendigo community to show they care.

The song titled, “You and I” was written by Dr Marthin Nanere and performed by the Greater Bendigo’s Intercultural Ambassadors to u7 help spread optimism and joy throughout the community in what has been a very challenging year for everyone.

The City of Greater Bendigo Intercultural Ambassadors initiative aims to increase connections, broaden understanding and support the participation of diverse cultural groups in community life.

The initiative is part of the City’s ongoing commitment to be a liveable and welcoming community.  It is also a key action of the City’s Cultural Diversity and Inclusion Plan 2016-2019.

The Intercultural Ambassador volunteers represent a diverse range of multicultural and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds in the Greater Bendigo community.

They participate in community events and projects, City advisory and reference groups and attend civic functions.  They also act as champions for their existing communities and gain valuable leadership and development opportunities.

The City’s Intercultural Ambassadors are Ma Aye Paw, Justin See, Janet Bromley, Edith Muñoz, Dr Marthin Nanere, Bruno Spandonide, Benjamin Ato Sam, Preeti Gulati and TAN See Tuang.

 

O’Ziriguidum Samba School, Melbourne 

 

Tamil Music by Veena Priyah

 

Anja & Zlatna – Music from Balkans

https://tinyurl.com/y6gu6gtt

Anja & Zlatna is an ensemble that preserves the beauty of traditional melodies from the Balkans and beyond.

Its unique sound is due in part to its original approach to instrumentation featuring the harpsichord. Sometimes one hears guitars, cimbalom, accordion kaval or ney. An interesting combination of techniques, such as traditional European and Bulgarian chest voice singing, offer fresh musical delights.

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21 January 2021 — Show and Tell Your Traditions Day

 

Dive into different wedding traditions still flourishing here in Melbourne. Learn about Sri Lankan wedding traditions from presentations prepared by participants from AMCS’ social cafes.
 
Greek and Cypriot Social/Welfare Centre will also share videos and images of their way of celebrating weddings and other traditional festivities.
 
Follow Nishanathe Dahanayake from Darebin Ethnic Communities Council through our wonderful city and hear about the Dharma and what it means in many members of our community and how it is lived on a daily basis. Collection of multicultural stories.
 
Finally, we’ll head back to Bendigo and see how the Chinese community has never forgotten their traditions and still celebrate their culture through their magical performances.
Videos and links to come.
 
 
Sri Lankan Weddings
 
Presentation about Sri Lankan weddings by Hemamala Vithanarachchi: 
 
Ursula’s Wedding:  https://tinyurl.com/y4vkc8px

Full text from Ursula’s Wedding:  https://tinyurl.com/y3gh8emk

 

Greek Cypriot Weddings – videos from The Greek and Cypriot Social/Welfare Centre

Wedding dance:  https://tinyurl.com/y6g8w6gg

Food for the wedding:  https://tinyurl.com/y6gdrmb5

Preparing the wedding bed:  

https://tinyurl.com/yybfpfej

https://tinyurl.com/y2okb99p

Wedding procession:

https://tinyurl.com/y62cs8eu

https://tinyurl.com/y57zknsv

The Greek and Cypriot Social/Welfare Centre was established in 1998 and held its first meeting in 2000 with great success.

60 members joined the club for men and women aged 18–90 at the United Church in Preston.

As time passed, we moved to the Intercultural Centre at Preston Library, but only women attended.

They moved to Reservoir Civic Centre and it slowly became a monthly women’s seniors club with activities such as guest speakers, bingo, outings and a Justice of the Peace service.

During the year, they focus on bringing a variety of cultural events such as the Kataklysmos/Penticosti (Festival of the Floods), which is celebrated 50 days after Greek Easter. The Dekapentaugoustos event is celebrated in August for the Dormition of the Virgin Mary, along with theatrical plays and other events. Hopefully this year, we would be able to hold an International Family Day to bring together members of our community, both young and old.

 

Dharma in daily life  – video from Darebin Ethnic Communities Council

https://tinyurl.com/yxbntw5w

 

Bendigo Chinese Association

Interview with Tan See Tuang, Past Vice President of Bendigo Chinese Association

https://tinyurl.com/yynavwhz

Dai Gum Loong Debut during the 2019 Easter Gala Procession:  https://tinyurl.com/y5vfyhm9

2019 Awakening Ceremony – Hong De Dragon Dance:  https://tinyurl.com/y5fap93y

2019 Awakening Ceremony – Chinese Youth Society Melbourne’s Lion & Dragon Dance:  https://tinyurl.com/y6qd8c6t

2019 Awakening Ceremony – Costume Parade:  https://tinyurl.com/yy983zhc

Easter 2019 Photos

The Great Stupa of Universal Compassion with a Hata Yoga Session from their Vegecareian Festival 2020

https://tinyurl.com/y566kaot

 

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22 January 2021 — Try a New Recipe: Cultural Foodie Day

 

Meet Umbrella Lounge Bar’s owner, Temo, who migrated from Georgia and his irreplaceable chef, Helen, from Vietnam. This is a story of true community connectors. Through their passion for music, spices and culture, they created a place, where people from diverse cultural backgrounds call their favourite venue.

Enjoy Christmas Eve cooking videos in Macedonian Christmas tradition. Try one of the recipes from our social cafes’ participants or a Greek Cypriot cuisine.
Watch the traditional way of preparing a Papua New Guinean Mumu.

Learn how to make Mooncakes in the video provided by Loddon Campaspe Multicultural Services.

Let’s visit together The Great Stupa of Universal Compassion and watch food preparation videos they have recorded.

Videos and links to come.

 

Greek Cypriot Recipes

https://tinyurl.com/y484obf2

 

Recipes from participants of our social cafes

Sri Lankan recipes by Ursula:  https://tinyurl.com/y5x8t5to

 

Georgian Vietnamese Chefs duo at Umbrella Lounge Bar

https://tinyurl.com/y3hw2563

https://tinyurl.com/y662x5a7

https://tinyurl.com/y3m8skxj

https://tinyurl.com/y4codml4

https://tinyurl.com/yycybn8c

 

Macedonian Christmas Cooking

Pitulici – Garlic pancakes:  https://tinyurl.com/y425v5xl

Sarma – Cabbage rolls:  https://tinyurl.com/y5qmdgsm

 

Papua New Guinea Community making traditional Mumu – from Brimbank City Council 

 

The Great Stupa introduction and cooking demonstration videos

Introduction:  https://tinyurl.com/y2c2mbkv

Gyozas:  https://tinyurl.com/y5hughuh

Ooray balls:  https://tinyurl.com/yxatj2pf

African vegetarian food:  https://tinyurl.com/y2hjcfdm

 

Sri Lankan Fish Cutlets by Vijit

https://tinyurl.com/y3ox2cl6

 

How to make Mooncakes – from Loddon Campaspe Multicultural Services

https://tinyurl.com/yxefetm6

If you would like to make your own mooncakes, Kelly used this recipe: https://redhousespice.com/cantonese-mooncake/

 

Tamil Cooking 

Methi Spinach Gravy:  https://tinyurl.com/y32qt6ld

 

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AMCS would like to acknowledge the Wurundjeri people, Traditional Custodians of the land on which we host this festival, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. We extend that respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who participate in this event.

We appreciate the work from the supporters, participants and community members, without whom, this event would not be possible.

We thank the State of Victoria’s Multicultural Affairs Division for their ongoing support.

A big thank you to the passionate community connectors who provided valuable contributions for this event:

  • Julie Andrews, Intercultural Ambassadors Program Officer, City of Greater Bendigo
  • Tan See Tuang and other Intercultural Ambassadors, City of Greater Bendigo
  • Bendigo Chinese Association
  • Golden Dragon Museum
  • Great Stupa of Universal Compassion
  • Loddon Campaspe Multicultural Services
  • Wurundjeri Tribe Council
  • City of Brimbank and their West Sunshine Community Centre
  • City of Maribyrnong
  • City of Darebin
  • City of Frankston
  • City of Whittlesea
  • Golden Plains Shire Council
  • Indigo Shire Council
  • Hepburn Shire Council
  • Greater Shepparton City Council
  • Nillumbik Shire Council
  • Don Susantha Katugampala and Fairfields Lawyers
  • Telmo Languiller
  • The Burmese community
  • Veseli Makedoni Dancing Group
  • Papua New Guinea Women’s Association of Victoria
  • Sri Lanka Community Services
  • Greek and Cypriot Social/Welfare Centre
  • Southern Migrant Resource Centre
  • NB dancers
  • Dance Up! Australia
  • O’Ziriguidum Samba School
  • Dragan Gavrilovic, Dragan Film
  • Box Hill Institute
  • Friends of Westgarthtown
  • Darebin Ethnic Communities Council
  • Ethnomusicologists Nino Tsitsishvili and Dr Josef Jordania
  • Dr Bruce Watson
  • Georgian Folk Polyphony in Australia
  • SARAY Iluminado Femme
  • Anja & Zlatna
  • Umbrella Lounge Bar
  • Multicultural Arts Victoria
  • Victorian Multicultural Commission
  • Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria (ECCV)
  • JOY 94.9
  • SBS Radio Russian and Portuguese programs.
  • COTA Victoria
  • U3A Network Victoria

Last but not least, thank you to AMCS staff members, participants of our Community Connectors project and the Social Cafés, Polish Respite Day Centre in Wantirna and the Moving for Life program.