Cultural Diversity Week 2024

In collaboration with the community, Council presents a program of activities and events celebrating cultural diversity in the City of Port Phillip.

Here at City of Port Phillip we welcome diversity and strive to be a fully inclusive place for everyone.  

Each year we celebrate Cultural Diversity Week by hosting a wide range of culturally diverse activities and events between Council and our libraries. 

Cultural Diversity Week 2024 is set to run between 18 to 24 March

Our Shared Stories – Celebrating Together 

This year, the Cultural Diversity Week theme is Our Shared Stories – Celebrating Together which asks us to reflect on our own experiences and recognise how each story has the potential to create shared connections and understanding.  

James' story - connecting through food 

Port Phillip resident and Chair of our Multicultural Advisory Committee, James, shares his story with us and talks about how food can bring people and communities together.

If you would like to connect with James and learn more about his food experiences, you can find him on Facebook and Instagram under the name The Well-Fed Nomad.

Fun Fact: James' video was created as part of the Smartphone Stories project, which saw community members come together to film their stories on smartphones. James' interview was captured by Freda. 

Events and Activities for 2024 

Join us in celebrating Cultural Diversity Week with the following 2024 events.

Festival Africa 2024 at St Kilda’s Space2b

Brace yourselves for a day of rhythm, flavour, and community spirit as Festival Africa ignites St Kilda's own Art Lane at Space2b.

This event is supported by City of Port Phillip's Cultural Development Fund – Festival and Events.

When and where

11 am to 5 pm, Sunday 17 March 2024

Space 2b laneway - 144 Chapel St, St Kilda

Artwork by Karen Bravo.

Let’s celebrate our diverse City 

As part of Cultural Diversity Week, 18 of our City’s multicultural seniors groups have come together to host a spectacular afternoon filled with stories, music, food, art, movement and more. 

When and where   

11.45 am to 2 pm, Tuesday 19 March 2024

Port Melbourne Town Hall – 333 Bay Street, Port Melbourne

Yachad Senior Citizens Club 

Welcome to Diversity Week Walk  

Celebrate the inclusive multicultural heritage of Port Phillip by following the immigration trail starting from Station Pier where so many ancestors first began their journey in Australia. 

Our local walk leader will help you retrace their footsteps and learn about the remarkable stories which continue to shape our community. 

When and where  

10 am to 12 pm, Sunday 24 March 2024
Station Pier - 6 Waterfront Place, Port Melbourne

Migrants on the Oronsay, 1939. 

Cultural Diversity Week at our libraries

Update: The 'Author Talk: Bruno Lettieri in conversation with Amra Pajalic and Demet Divaroren' event has been postponed until Tuesday 7 May 2024

Vinod and Anubrata - Classical Indian Music

Vinod and Anubrata's performances are a mesmerising blend of authentic traditional Indian music.

When and where

6.30 to 7.30 pm, Monday 18 March 2024,
St Kilda Library - 130 Carlisle Street, St Kilda

Translated poster in Hindi language. View the enlarged version here.

Author Talk: Bruno Lettieri in conversation with Amra Pajalic and Demet Divaroren

Growing up Muslim in Australia celebrates diversity, courage and determination while dispelling myths and stereotypes.

When and where

6.30 pm to 7.30 pm, Tuesday 19 March 2024
Emerald Hill Library, 195 Bank St, South Melbourne

Author talk poster for the book Growing up Muslim in Australia. View the enlarged version here.

Children's activities in our libraries 

An afternoon of family-friendly activities celebrating our community’s diverse cultures will be hosted at the St Kilda Library, including craft activities with Space 2b, a hosted storytime and Cool Capoeira.

When and where

10.30 am to 3 pm, Saturday 23 March 2024
St Kilda Library - 130 Carlisle Street, St Kilda

Cultural Diversity Week Family Day poster. View enlarged version here.

Author Talk: George Kyriakou

George Kyriakou will discuss seven generations of culture, conflict, compassion and understanding.

When and where

6.30 to 7.30 pm, Tuesday 26 March 2024

Port Melbourne Library - 333 Bay Street, Port Melbourne

Translated poster in Greek language. View the enlarged version here.

Love your library in your language

For the duration of Cultural Diversity Week (18 to 24 March), all of our libraries will have postcards available for you to leave a comment in your native language. The postcard will then be displayed on the walls for all to enjoy.