Aboriginal culture

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

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 …

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 …

Tots rock with African drums (Multicultural workshops)

Tots rock with African drums (Multicultural workshops)

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 …

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 …