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Cultural Diversity Program

Every year in March, Victorians gather together to celebrate our diversity. This year Harmony Week is 15 – 21 March and Cultural Diversity Week falls on 21-28 March. We have put together an exciting program of workshops and activities that reflect the Cultural Diversity of our unique City. Please join us and celebrate together.

Small Island Big Song

Come and sit in the Listening to Land installation, next to the Solace creek and under the Eucalypt tree and watch this epic music journey/documentary through the Pacific and Indian Oceans.

With No budget and no script, Tim Cole and Bao Bao set out with  a few cameras and microphones and a vision of creating an oceanic song line with profiled artists who could speak for their heritage their natural environments those carrying the unbroken cultural lineage of their homelands from across the vastness of the Pacific and as it turned out the Indian ocean too. 

​Filmed over three years on 16 Island nations across the Pacific & Indian Oceans, this grassroots musical follows the ocean highways uniting ancient musical lineages. From Madagascar to Rapa Nui/Easter Island, Taiwan to Zenadth Kes/The Torres Strait.

​A heartfelt plea for environmental awareness and cultural preservation from those on the frontline of the climate crisis.

Year 2019 | Length 83 minutes | Director Tim Cole Producer BaoBao Chen


Monday 15 March

6.30 -8.30pm

Location: The Great hall, Council Offices, 25 Ferres Boulevard, South Morang.

Cost: Free

Book the screening for 15 March here


Wednesday 17 March

6.30 – 8.30pm

Location: The Great hall, Council Offices, 25 Ferres Boulevard, South Morang.

Cost: Free

Book the screening for 17 March here

Arabic Drumming Workshop

Matt Stonehouse is a Melbourne based musician, composer and instrument maker. He is Australia’s foremost percussionist of Arabic and Turkish styles of drumming and is featured on more than forty albums of both local and international artists. Join him for an exciting Arabic drumming workshop. Bookings are limited so get in quick.

Event details

Tuesday March 16

7 – 8pm

Location: The Great hall, Council Offices, 25 Ferres Boulevard, South Morang.

Cost: Free

Book your place for the Arabic Drumming Workshop here

Cultural Heritage Network

Are you interested in cultural heritage? The Whittlesea Cultural Heritage Network meets quarterly to network, brainstorm ideas and participate in some fascinating presentations on topics to do with our culture and our history. If you like the events listed in the Cultural Heritage Program you will love the Cultural Heritage Network.

For our Autumn meeting we are very privileged to be have special screenings of two beautifully stylised films. Maudie Palmer’s Birrurung is a narrative of the River Yarra from its source to the sea. Internationally acclaimed Small Island Big Song is a contemporary and relevant musical statement across 16 island nations which follows the ocean highways uniting ancient musical lineages.

Event details

Thursday 11 March


Location: Fountain View Room, Council Offices, 25 Ferres Boulevard, South Morang.

Book your place here to join the Cultural Heritage Network

For further information please call 9217 2174

Listening to Land

Listening to Land, an installation in the Great Hall of the Civic Centre, invites us to reflect on the role of nature in our human experience.

Visitors may sit by Solace Stream, a running stream created by Vin Anderson, watch Birrarung by Maudie Palmer and dream into Mernda & Yan Yean by Wurundjeri artist Mandy Nicholson, and enjoy Untitled Eucalypt Tree by Simeon walker.

A program of creative workshops, intimate performances and cultural activities will be offered alongside this installation, including screenings of the internationally successful film, Small Island Big Song. Open 10am to 4pm weekdays from 10 March to 21 May 2021, Listening to Land is free and everyone is welcome.

Event details

Wednesday 10 March to Friday 21 May

10am to 4pm weekdays

Location: The Great Hall, Council Offices, 25 Ferres Blvd, South Morang VIC 3752 

Cost: Free

Click here to find out more, register for workshops or book a place for any of our film screenings

Songs and Stories

As we celebrate Cultural Diversity Week join Hana Zreikat, renowned Australian-Jordanian musician, as she takes you on a journey of Songs and Stories across the globe. As part of this evening you will learn songs from three wonderful cultures in native languages. Definitely an event not to miss. Bookings essential.

Event details

Thursday 18 March         

7 - 8.30pm

Location: The Great hall, Council Offices, 25 Ferres Boulevard, South Morang.

Cost: Free

Book here to join Songs and Stories

Mystical: the Poetry of Rumi

Led by Merve Onder of the Islamic Museum Australia, this special workshop focuses on translations of the mystical poetry of Rumi, followed by a discussion of interpretation and meaning. Learn to write your own poems according to the format of Rumi.

Event details

Monday 22 March

7 - 8.30pm

Location: The Great hall, Council Offices, 25 Ferres Boulevard, South Morang.

Cost: Free

Book here to join Mystical: the Poetry of Rumi

Cultural Journey Through Art

Cultural Journey Through Art is an interactive workshop educating participants about art, culture and storytelling. We engage your organisation in creative cultural journey workshops to bring your people together, build strong relationships, and create shared understanding.

Learn about Aboriginal art the symbols stories and dot technique told through Aboriginal paintings and create your own take-home art under the guidance of a First Nations artist, Emrhan Tjapanangka Sultan.

Event details

Wednesday 24 March

10:30am to 12:30pm

Location: The Great hall, Council Offices, 25 Ferres Boulevard, South Morang.

Cost: Free

Book your place here for Cultural Journey Through Art

Mum and Dad, Can I Tell You…

International student event

Was there something you wanted to tell your mum or dad but could not find the right words or the right time to say it? What if you lived far away, in another country, intertwined with another culture with limited contact to family?

This event will explore how international students maintain connection with family back home.

Event details

Wednesday 24 March

6:30 to 8pm

Location: The Great Hall, Council offices, 25 Ferres Boulevard, South Morang, Vic 3052

Cost: Free

Book your place for Mum and Dad, Can I Tell You... here


‘When you have limited time left to leave your home, you grab the most valuable things you have in one sack, a bukjeh, and go...’

Bukjeh is a multi-artform performance that invites audiences to experience the stories of refugees through poetry, dance, music, song and art.

Informed by stories and experiences from the community of the City of Whittlesea and beyond, and presented in a beautiful embroidered tent, this performance will take you on an evocative journey reflecting on home, displacement, and the journey between.

Connecting over the past 12 months, with schools, community groups and individuals from our community, local artist Aseel Tayah and her team of professional artists have listened and reworked their show to incorporate the stories of locals… After a year of postponements and pivoting, we are very excited to be presenting performances of BUKJEH in Whittlesea.

Presented by the City of Whittlesea, BUKJEH in Whittlesea is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.

Event details

Tuesday 30 – Wednesday 31 March

Location: Plenty Ranges Arts and Convention Centre, 25 Ferres Boulevard, South Morang

Tickets and time information avalible soon through Whittlesea Arts