About This Event

Multicultural Australia in partnership with QPAC is excited to be hosting Changing the Conversation: Culture in Conflict – Talking about world news when it hits home, is the second event in our 2024 series of thought-provoking discussions exploring key issues in our increasingly multicultural society. 

Australia is a globally connected nation and a country of migrants. Global conflicts reverberate locally in many ways, affecting our economy and national security, and sometimes creating divisions within local communities, especially for groups with ties to conflicting regions, faiths or ideologies. Hear diverse perspectives from our panel about how we can have culturally sensitive conversations that promote mutual respect, empathy and how we can build bridges to peace rather than barriers between cultures and within community.

Click on ‘Book Now’ to be directed to QPAC ticket sales – it’s essential that tickets are pre-booked.

About Changing the Conversation 

Bringing together thought leaders from academia, government, business, and the community to engage in robust discussions about multiculturalism in the Australian context, the Changing the Conversation series – presented by Multicultural Australia in partnership with QPAC – explores issues of who and where we are as a nation and what we need to do to create a society that better reflects and cares for all its people. Culture in Conflict: Talking About World News When it Hits Home is the second of four events in this series to be held in 2024.

We look forward to you engaging with this conversation.

See the full series of events here.

Benjamin Law - Facilitator 

Benjamin Law writes books, TV screenplays, columns, essays and feature journalism. Most recently, Ben edited the collection of stories, ‘Growing Up Queer’ in Australia and was also a researcher and associate producer on Blackfella Films’ ‘Deep Water: The Real Story’ (SBS) and a writer on Endemol Shine’s ‘Sisters’ (Ten).  

Recently he starred in the ABC’s two-part documentary series ‘Waltzing the Dragon with Benjamin Law’, where he travels from China to Arnhem Land to explore the history, unpack the present, and look to the future of Australia’s relationship with China. Every week, Benjamin co-hosts ABC RN’s weekly national pop culture show ‘Stop Everything’. He also co-hosts online startup and tech TV show ‘That Startup Show’, and you can catch him on TV shows like ‘Q&A’ (ABC), ‘The Drum’ (ABC), ‘The Projec’t (Ten) and ‘Filthy Rich and Homeless’ (SBS). 

Benjamin Law

Peter Greste

Professor Peter Greste is an award-winning foreign correspondent who spent 25 years working for the BBC, Reuters, and Al Jazeera in some of the world’s most volatile places.

From Afghanistan, to Latin American, Africa and the Middle East, he reported from the frontlines and beyond, although he is best known for becoming a headline himself, when he and two of his colleagues were arrested in Cairo while working for Al Jazeera, charged with terrorism offences and imprisoned for more than 400 days.

He has written about his experiences in Egypt and what he regards as the global war on journalism in a book, The First Casualty.

Peter Greste

Amok Dhoul

Amok Dhuol is a South Sudanese-Australian, deeply involved in mentoring young people in her own family and the broader community through her work and advocacy with the Queensland African Communities Council (QACC).

Growing up in Australia, but deeply connected to her South Sudanese roots, Amok understands the challenges faced by young immigrants as they settle into their new home.

She is completing tertiary studies in Government and Policy and is a member of Multicultural Australia’s Future Leaders Advocacy Group (FLAG).

Amok Dhuol

Arunn Jegan

Arunn Jegan works as Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Australia’s Head of Mission and Humanitarian Affairs. He has worked in Yemen, Syria, Venezuela, Bangladesh, and Palestine for MSF and in Afghanistan, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey for other international NGOs.

He specialises in social research, conflict/political analysis, complex project management, and humanitarian crisis coordination of public health emergencies.

Arunn is also a curator for Tedx Sydney, and co-directs a community arts centre in Marrickville.

Arunn Jegan

See why previous attendees love the Changing the Conversation Series:  

“An amazing night where I heard inspiring speakers and listened to a future that filled me with hope for a new direction.”  

“…extremely worthwhile. Some extremely interesting speakers from across the age range. I am looking forward to the next event.”  

“…the Multicultural Australia panelists were brilliant.” 

About This Event

As part of AFL’s upcoming multicultural round with the Brisbane Lions, Multicultural Australia is proud to be the selected organisation for the 50:50 Charity Raffle. The raffle will take place during Round 19 – Lions vs Sydney Swans game on Sunday, 21 July 2024.

Online ticket sales will begin on Monday, 15 July, and will be available until half time on game day – look for the ticket sellers wearing Multicultural Australia shirts!

The winner takes home 50% of proceeds from ticket sales, plus Multicultural Australia receives the other portion to build welcome, belonging and inclusion in our community. This year the Brisbane Lions have announced a $10,000 Guaranteed Cash Prize to give away for the raffle! A real win/win!

Your generous contribution of time and effort will enable us to continue delivering essential services and programs that empower individuals from diverse backgrounds.

How you can help

Get your friends, family members or work team together to sell 50-50 Charity Raffle tickets at AFL’s Multicultural Round!

As a dedicated volunteer, you’ll be selling tickets to members and fans, raising vital funds and get amongst the thrill of the stadium.

No prior experience is required; whether you have a passion for sports, a commitment to community engagement, or simply a desire to make a difference, we welcome your participation.

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Online ticket sales open on Monday, 15 July.

Multicultural Australia cares for Queenslanders from refugee and migrant backgrounds with tailored care that meet the direct needs of our clients and communities.

With the support of the broader community, we are creating welcome and belonging for people from all backgrounds and changing the conversation about multiculturalism in Australia.

Donate today to make a difference in the lives of new Queenslanders.

About This Event

Celebrate the cultural diversity of our local community with food and performances from around the world, and an opportunity to walk in our parade, spreading the message of welcome to new members of our community.
 
LUMINOUS IN THE REGIONS is an event for the whole family and features:
  • Lantern making
  • Lantern parade
Come along with your family and friends and be part of this enduring tradition celebrating Queensland’s rich diversity! 

About the LUMINOUS Festival

A must-do event in the Queensland calendar, the LUMINOUS Festival celebrates Queensland by focusing on the many cultures, languages and worldviews that make up our state. 

LUMINOUS attracts supporters across the community – from government, corporate and community organisations to indigenous elders, migrant and refugee communities, religious organisations, school groups and more. The procession culminates with a wide range of performances that showcase the talent and contribution of our culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

 

About LUMINOUS Festival

What started as a candlelight march in support of refugees and asylum seekers in 2007 has grown to become Queensland’s largest welcoming event at South Bank.

For those of you who have walked with us on our journey to create welcome and belonging for a significant time, you would be familiar with our LUMINOUS Lantern Parade, usually celebrated around Queensland Day, and our MOSAIC Multicultural Festival, a staple on Brisbane’s event calendar in spring.  

This year, we are bringing LUMINOUS and MOSAIC to create the largest multicultural event in Queensland’s history.  

Hosted on Saturday the 3rd of August at South Bank Parklands, LUMINOUS Festival will kick off Queensland Multicultural Month with a showcase of our growing cultural diversity at Brisbane’s Cultural Precinct.  

The event will provide many opportunities for Queenslanders from multicultural communities to share stories of their cultures and traditions, and for the broader community to make meaningful connections with Queenslanders from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. 

Are you interested in being considered to take part in LUMINOUS?

LUMINOUS celebrates the cultural diversity of our local community with food and performances from around the world, volunteering for the event day or the lantern making workshops in the lead up to LUMINOUS helps to spread a message of welcome to new members of our community.

Applications for performers and entertainers for this year’s LUMINOUS are now open, and we highly encourage any groups interested to complete this online form as soon as possible. Expressions of interest close at 5pm on Friday 21 June. 

Applications for food, craft and community stalls at this year’s LUMINOUS will be first in best dressed, and we highly encourage any groups interested to complete this online form as soon as possible. Expressions of interest close at 5pm on Friday 21 June.  

We would like to invite you to walk with us in this year’s LUMINOUS Lantern Parade.

Please complete your groups details via the ‘Register Now’ button and our events team will be in touch to confirm your request.  Expressions of interest close at 5pm on Friday 21 June.

About the LUMINOUS Festival

A must-do event in the Queensland calendar, the LUMINOUS Festival celebrates Queensland by focusing on the many cultures, languages and worldviews that make up our state. 

In 2024, our LUMINOUS in the Regions and Neighbourhoods run from April to August and culminate in a community led lantern procession in South Bank showcasing the diversity and creativity of Brisbane’s greatest assets – its people.  LUMINOUS at South Bank will be held on Saturday 3 August 2024.

LUMINOUS attracts supporters across the community – from government, corporate and community organisations to indigenous elders, migrant and refugee communities, religious organisations, school groups and more. The procession culminates with a wide range of performances that showcase the talent and contribution of our culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

Download your free LUMINOUS Festival poster here!

Come back again soon for the full program!

Come back again soon for the full program!

Come back again soon for the full program!

Come back again soon for the full program!

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About This Event

Multicultural Australia in partnership with QPAC is excited to be hosting Changing the Conversation: Words That Bind – Creating unity through our many languages, is the final event in our 2024 series of thought-provoking discussions exploring key issues in our increasingly multicultural society. 

Join us for a panel conversation about the transformative potential of language diversity as a tool for nation building, economic empowerment, and social inclusion in contemporary Australian society. A multilingual Australia holds many benefits including richer cultural exchange and stronger ties with global partners and enhanced diplomatic and economic relationships. Explore how language has the power to build bridges by connecting communities, fostering understanding, and promoting unity and cohesion while celebrating the richness of our cultural diversity.

Click on ‘Book Now’ to be directed to QPAC ticket sales – it’s essential that tickets are pre-booked.

About Changing the Conversation 

Bringing together thought leaders from academia, government, business, and the community to engage in robust discussions about multiculturalism in the Australian context, the Changing the Conversation series – presented by Multicultural Australia in partnership with QPAC – explores issues of who and where we are as a nation and what we need to do to create a society that better reflects and cares for all its people. Words That Bind: Creating Unity Through our Many Languages is the thought-provoking finale of this series for 2024.

We look forward to you engaging with this conversation.

See the full series of events here.

Benjamin Law - Facilitator 

Benjamin Law writes books, TV screenplays, columns, essays and feature journalism. Most recently, Ben edited the collection of stories, ‘Growing Up Queer’ in Australia and was also a researcher and associate producer on Blackfella Films’ ‘Deep Water: The Real Story’ (SBS) and a writer on Endemol Shine’s ‘Sisters’ (Ten).  

Recently he starred in the ABC’s two-part documentary series ‘Waltzing the Dragon with Benjamin Law’, where he travels from China to Arnhem Land to explore the history, unpack the present, and look to the future of Australia’s relationship with China. Every week, Benjamin co-hosts ABC RN’s weekly national pop culture show ‘Stop Everything’. He also co-hosts online startup and tech TV show ‘That Startup Show’, and you can catch him on TV shows like ‘Q&A’ (ABC), ‘The Drum’ (ABC), ‘The Projec’t (Ten) and ‘Filthy Rich and Homeless’ (SBS). 

Panelists soon to be announced. 

See why previous attendees love the Changing the Conversation Series:  

“An amazing night where I heard inspiring speakers and listened to a future that filled me with hope for a new direction.”  

“…extremely worthwhile. Some extremely interesting speakers from across the age range. I am looking forward to the next event.”  

“…the Multicultural Australia panelists were brilliant.” 

About This Event

Multicultural Australia in partnership with QPAC is excited to be hosting Changing the Conversation: Who Are We?: Identity in a Multicultural Australia, the third in our 2024 series of thought-provoking discussions exploring key issues in our increasingly multicultural society. 

What does it mean to be Australian today? Engage in a conversation with our panel about our national identity as we explore the reality of our present-day cultural diversity and unravel ideas of belonging, heritage and collective identity. How do we come to terms with an ever-changing idea of what it means to be ‘Australian’ that is moving away from the traditionally accepted stereotypes of a Euro-centric, monolingual population to a much more diverse face of Australia? Explore the dimensions of historical roots, multicultural influences and contemporary values that are shaping our understanding of Australia’s national identity.

Click on ‘Book Now’ to be directed to QPAC ticket sales – it’s essential that tickets are pre-booked.

About Changing the Conversation 

Bringing together thought leaders from academia, government, business, and the community to engage in robust discussions about multiculturalism in the Australian context, the Changing the Conversation series – presented by Multicultural Australia in partnership with QPAC – explores issues of who and where we are as a nation and what we need to do to create a society that better reflects and cares for all its people. Who Are We?: Identity in a Multicultural Australia is the third of four events in this series to be held in 2024.

We look forward to you engaging with this conversation.

See the full series of events here.

Benjamin Law - Facilitator 

Benjamin Law writes books, TV screenplays, columns, essays and feature journalism. Most recently, Ben edited the collection of stories, ‘Growing Up Queer’ in Australia and was also a researcher and associate producer on Blackfella Films’ ‘Deep Water: The Real Story’ (SBS) and a writer on Endemol Shine’s ‘Sisters’ (Ten).  

Recently he starred in the ABC’s two-part documentary series ‘Waltzing the Dragon with Benjamin Law’, where he travels from China to Arnhem Land to explore the history, unpack the present, and look to the future of Australia’s relationship with China. Every week, Benjamin co-hosts ABC RN’s weekly national pop culture show ‘Stop Everything’. He also co-hosts online startup and tech TV show ‘That Startup Show’, and you can catch him on TV shows like ‘Q&A’ (ABC), ‘The Drum’ (ABC), ‘The Projec’t (Ten) and ‘Filthy Rich and Homeless’ (SBS). 

Panelists soon to be announced. 

See why previous attendees love the Changing the Conversation Series:  

“An amazing night where I heard inspiring speakers and listened to a future that filled me with hope for a new direction.”  

“…extremely worthwhile. Some extremely interesting speakers from across the age range. I am looking forward to the next event.”  

“…the Multicultural Australia panelists were brilliant.” 

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