Intercultural Cities Australasia Summit

Melton City Council, in collaboration with the City of Ballarat and Maribyrnong City Council, have organised the Intercultural Cities Australasia Summit 2019 from 30 July – 1 August with programs taking place in all three cities.

All three cities are members of the Intercultural Cities network, convened by the Council of Europe – that continent’s leading human rights organisation. Through this network, we connect with other municipalities and initiatives around the world that have committed to:

  • promote a pluralistic and inclusive identity through public discourse which embraces the diversity advantage;
  • ensure that institutions, neighbourhoods and public space are open and mixed rather than segregated;
  • actively build trust between communities and foster shared values by promoting a “we culture” of reciprocity and symmetry in inter-ethnic relations;
  • ensure equal access to rights and opportunities for all, also by rendering governing bodies more diverse and making sure all officials and services are culturally competent and that businesses and institutions are capable of managing diversity as an asset.

Intercultural Cities Australasia Summit 2019

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Tuesday 30 July
City of Ballarat


Intercultural Conversations

Welcome to Country and “Setting the Scene” Intercultural Practice Australia & Intercultural Cities Network Overview

This is a unique chance to meet Irena Guidikova, Head of Division Inclusion and Anti-discrimination Programmes. Council of Europe - Strasbourg.

Learn all about Intercultural Practice in Australia with Lynda Ford.

Light refreshments provided.



WHERE: Ballarat Town Hall, 225 Sturt Street, Ballarat Central, VIC 3350

COST: This is a free event- bookings essential!

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Wednesday 31 July
City of Melton


 9:30am – 4:30pm

Intercultural Cities Australasia Symposium

Featuring international and national speakers and local experts exploring the opportunities and challenges of our time in the areas of interculturalism and diversity.


WHERE: WestWaters Hotel and Entertainment Complex, 10 - 20 Lake Street, Caroline Springs Victoria 3023


$50 per person Government/corporate

$40 per person community sector

Scholarships available

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Thursday 1 August
City of Maribyrnong
2:30pm – 3:30pm

Connection to land and Interculturalism

Footscray Community Arts Centre


4:00pm – 5:00pm

Interculturalism in Arts and Culture

VU Metrowest, Artist talk - street art in Footscray & L2R Dance performance


5:30pm – 8:30pm

Footscray Winter Feast

A travelling food tour of the vibrant and diverse streets of Footscray. 

Enjoy a sample of Footscray’s finest food offerings including Ethiopian, Vietnamese and French topped off with a cocktail / coffee and cannoli. Guests will be invited to sample foods and hear about the restaurants food culture.


WHERE: 138 Nicholson Street, Footscray, VIC 3011

COST: $55 per person

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