From Mumbai to Melbourne – a story of science, religion and determination

Between the 27th of May and the 25th of June this year, Muslim people celebrate Ramadan, which is an Islamic practise held in the 9th month of every year in the Lunar Calendar. Our friend Arjumand Khan is taking part in this cycle of intense fasting and prayer and sharing her experience with us. She won’t drink, eat, or take …

Messenger Dogs: Tales of World War One

Lyall Morris and Rebecca Fortuna have learned a lot about kids in the last year. As actors, they have now been touring Messenger Dogs: Tales of World War One, for an entire year, they have been able to get a whole new perspective on how children engage with theatre. Messenger Dogs tells the story of Nell, Tick and Bullet – …

A month of Weeks: Cultural Events for June

June is jam-packed with cultural events, stretching from Reconciliation Week right to Refugee Week. There is lots of dance, music, food and wine, and even a little bit of film. Here at Cultural Infusion, we really, really like all of those things.  So in the hope of seeing you there, here is our selection. Mabo Day (3 June) –commemorates Eddie …

Celebrating National Reconciliation Week at Cultural Infusion

National Reconciliation Week is an annual celebration of the recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights. The week is framed around two momentous events; it commemorates the referendum of May 27, 1967 and the Mabo decision on June 3, 1992. The 1967 referendum empowered the Federal Government to create policies that would benefit Aboriginal people. The Mabo decision created …

Chinese Lion Dance by May Wang

The Chinese Lion Dance dates back to the 12th century and still excite audiences as much as ever! Choreographer and dancer May Wang illuminates ancient culture by combining traditional eastern movement with contemporary western music. In 1984 May’s family were the first dancers to bring the Chinese Lion Dance to Australia. ‘My father was the first Lion Dance leader from …

Europe Day! Eurovision! Hooray!

This evening – as per very recent and extremely unusual – Australia gets to be part of  Europe.  Yes, on the 9th of May (5am AEST Wednesday 10 May (Australia votes)) the 2016 X Factor winner Isaiah Firebrace will compete for Australia in the first semi-final of the Eurovision song contest. There are 18 countries in each semi-final and only …

The best practices to cultivate awareness.

  A great professor from Stanford University, Nel Noddings, says that the best practices for cultivating global awareness are often about how the “global” can inform the “local”, and vice versa. For example, she argues that when students befriend classmates from different cultural backgrounds, they are learning about foreign cultures and developing the attitudes to become global citizens. The same …

Tummy Bug

When we take our toddlers to the doctor, we don’t usually think about the language that we are using.  We don’t think that crook tummies are weird or unusual.  Wogs, bugs and lurgies are just part of the (very weird) Australian childhood experience. If, however, you happen to be a doctor who was not born in Australia – then the …

Migrating Masses come to Melbourne, Make Art

Abi Tanti is a hugely successful interactive art exhibition about migration that has been wandering the world for the last seventeen years.  Abi Tanti began in Turin, Italy, at its home museum, the Castello De Rivoli.  It has since moved through Italy and across Europe, (including an exhibition at The Louvre in Paris) and is now about to arrive in Melbourne …

Tots rock with African drums

Capturing the full attention of a group of pre-schoolers is not simple.   It is something that you expect The Wiggles to be able to do.  It must be about bright costumes and pop music and simple lyrics. But founder and director of African Star Dance, Shabba, does something different – he transfixes with African drumming. Using styles from traditional …