Nelson Mandela Day Melbourne Celebration

Nelson Mandela devoted his life to fighting for social justice for all people, regardless of race, gender, and age. He remains a global figure today, whose legacy is democracy, racial equality, and reconciliation in South Africa and across the world. Nelson Mandela International Day falls on the 18th of July annually, and commemorates his great efforts and passion to create …

Joko visits Ugandan school children

Imagine that the only school resource you have is one textbook that you share with 50 of your classmates. For many children in Northern Uganda, this is a reality. However, an initiative of the World Literacy Foundation called Sun Books is working hard to redefine learning for kids in poverty, distributing donated tablet computers into classrooms where this technology has never …

Journeying to multicultural Australia

“Hi dad. I’m going to Australia” – a few weeks later – “Hi dad. I’m leaving next month!” – In March- “hi dad. I made it! I’m finally here!” That’s how I would sum up my departure and arrival in Melbourne. Sea, sun, people walking barefoot, ice cream, surf, deadly animals are common stereotypes. Sun, landscape, welcoming people, multicultural, helpful, …

Winter holidays activities for kids

Home for the winter holidays? There are so many opportunities to delight and distract the kids over the next two weeks. We’ve put together a list of some entertaining, culturally geared holiday activities to keep everyone sane, occupied and happy, in a location close to you for the June – July break! If you’re feeling the southern chill, warm up …

Celebrate NAIDOC WEEK across the country

NAIDOC Week is an annual celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, history and accomplishments. This year’s theme is “Our Languages Matter”, highlighting the connection between Native languages and the preservation of culture. Language is the means of transmitting history and creating a spiritual bond across generations. Aboriginal dialects showcase the colourful array of Indigenous communities in Australia. Over …

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 …