Canberra’s multicultural community has made a significant contribution to the social, economic and cultural development of the ACT. In 2013, we have the opportunity to celebrate the rich diversity in Canberra through reflection upon the contributions made by the vibrant and diverse multicultural community through an exciting new project, Canberra Now.
As part of Canberra Now, the multicultural community will be asked to reconnect with family, friends and community to rekindle the memories and to share the stories of contributions made by multicultural communities to the development of the city and the region. From the arrival of construction workers who built houses and city infrastructure, to the local corner store shop owners, the establishment of innovative businesses and to the contribution of overseas academics to the public service and universities, Canberra Now will pass down knowledge of the multicultural success story for future generations.
Recently, we have seen ‘multiculturalism’ back on the agenda both here and overseas – and unfortunately, not everything we hear is positive. Some prominent figures have said they believe multiculturalism is a failure – that it cannot work. Yet Canberrans prove every day that this is not true. In Canberra we celebrate the rich diversity of the Canberra community which is made up of people from all over the country and the globe. We embrace the opportunity to learn from each other and to share the benefits of an inclusive community. We host world class festivals, community celebrations and cultural events. ACT residents attend, participate and volunteer as part of arts and cultural activities more frequently than people in other parts of Australia.
Canberra Now will be supported by the 666ABC through their online projects Full Circle and The Pool. You can follow the development of Canberra Now on the Centenary of Canberra website throughout 2013
Canberra ACT, Australia
For more information, contact the organiser by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.canberra100.com.au .