Peace and tolerance

Culture as a driver of tolerance and peace

This is an adaption of my opening remarks on the role of culture in tolerance and peace at panel discussion: Tolerance Pillar – Culture (Session 1), at the World Tolerance Summit in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), 13 November 2019. Culture is a mighty force. It’s also a double-edged sword.According to UNESCO, culture is: a driver of sustainable development; an …

World Ramadan celebrations

A time of spiritual discipline and the most sacred month on the Muslim calendar around the world, Ramadan involves fasting from dawn to dusk and spending time with family and friends. Wishings of Ramadan Mubarak, for a blessed Ramadan, are shared and nightly Iftar gatherings to break their fast are enjoyed among rich and poor alike. It’s a time of …

Easter celebrations around the world

Here in Australia, our Easter celebrations often centre around family and travel. This year however, almost two thirds of Australians surveyed for The Tourism and Transport Forum are not planning on travelling anywhere for Easter. While we certainly can’t travel to any of these amazing Easter celebrations, we can take a virtual trip and explore cultural traditions around the world. …

Planning School Workshops for Terms 1 and 2, 2021

Every year there are numerous cultural and religious events held all around the world and celebrated and observed by thousands of people. Learning about these celebrations, rituals and customs is a great way for students to explore diversity and the belief systems of other cultures.  Some cultural events are celebrated globally, like those found in mainstream religions and others are …

How can we understand Middle Eastern culture in our schools?

Our staff at Cultural Infusion are committed to interfaith and intercultural understanding. For over ten years Cultural Infusion has been working with a network of artists representing culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and cultural practices to create education programs that celebrate cultural diversity and support intercultural learning through the arts. Our programs emphasise interactivity and inclusivity and contribute to learning …

Peter Mousaferiadis speaking at the 2019 World Tolerance Summit.

The role of culture in building tolerant societies: Peter Mousaferiadis

Below is an approximate transcript of Cultural Infusion founder Peter Mousaferiadis‘ opening remarks at the 2019 World Tolerance Summit in Dubai, where he was invited to moderate a panel discussion regarding the ‘culture’ pillar of tolerance. Featured on the panel were: Saba Almubaslat (UK), CEO of the Asfari Foundation; Dawn Metcalfe (IRL), Managing Director of PDSi; and Dr Mark Owen …

We can now measure cultural diversity?

We can now measure cultural diversity?

Technological advances are shrinking our world and causing more cultures to come into contact with each other. Other people’s beliefs and cultural practices can be confronting. They can be difficult to understand.  The resulting culture clashes have inspired strident debate and – sometimes – a new appreciation for the importance of a diverse yet cohesive society. But the question remains: how …