Intercultural Cities Australasia Summit

Melton City Council, in collaboration with the City of Ballarat and Maribyrnong City Council, 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

On Tuesday 30 July the City of Ballarat hosted Intercultural Conversations where there was an opportunity to meet Irena Guidikova, Head of Division Inclusion and Anti-discrimination Programmes, Council of Europe - Strasbourg and learn all about Intercultural Practice in Australia with Lynda Ford.

On Wednesday 31 July Melton City Council hosted the Intercultural Cities Australasia 2019 Symposium, which was attended by over 250 delegates. Keynotes Irena Guidikova (Head of Division, Council of Europe) and Kristen Hilton (Victorian Human Rights Commissioner) were joined by diverse speakers from the Institute for Economics and Peace (Sydney), International Storytelling Centre (Tennessee, US), and several Victorian and local initiatives to deliver an engaging and informative programme. 

On Thursday 1 August City of Maribyrnong hosted Connection to land and Interculturalism, Interculturalism in Arts and Culture featuring an artist talk, street art in Footscray and L2R Dance performance and then the Footscray Winter Feast, a travelling food tour of the vibrant and diverse streets of Footscray. 

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 Intercultural Cities Australasia 2019 Symposium images