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Culture of Connection | Save the Children’s It Takes a Village playgroup and make your own music

Save The Children’s ‘It Takes a Village’ program and playgroups are designed for refugee and migrant families around Brisbane. They provide positive playtime for children and their families.

They used to run a playgroup for these families in Multicultural Australia’s offices every Tuesday.  Due to COVID-19 they’ve had to change up their service delivery, now offering playgroup sessions online. 

Check out this behind the scenes of how they are making their videos, as well as a ‘make your own musical instruments’ demo!

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Culture of Connection | How Sadia navigates the pandemic

In the height of social restrictions and isolation, Sadia found it really difficult to not to worry about her loved ones overseas. Here she shares how cultivating a routine of positive activity helped her to maintain her physical and mental health in isolation.

Sadia created this video in the early stages of COVID-19 in Australia, but her advice is still relevant including to keep following Government advice as we navigate this roadmap out of restrictions.

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Culture of Connection | Daniela’s Creation

For Daniela, isolation enabled her to spend more time on her passion for creativity.  She invites all of us to reflect on the opportunities isolation can offer creativity and reflection.

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Culture of Connection | Carolyn Vincent’s Driveway Dinners project

Carolyn is a local community organiser in Salisbury, in Brisbane’s south.  Through COVID-19, she has focused on enabling community connection despite physical distancing – as well as taking the opportunity to connect with her family!

Her current project is Driveway Dinners – connecting neighbours through a physically distanced dinner in their own driveways.

As we ease out of COVID-19 restrictions, Carolyn’s vision is a world where we can break down barriers between people.  We come from many different places, and we all have different stories, but we are all human beings.  We share this world and together we can make it something wonderful.

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Culture of Connection | Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month

Multicultural communities have led a strong response to COVID-19, ensuring information, services and support are accessible for our diverse Australian communities.


In particular, they have been working with agencies to build the skills and resources in community to enable people to better manage conflict and prevent family violence. 


In the height of COVD-19, they came together to share messages of peace and hope as part of Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month.

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Culture of Connection | Gypsyclipse by Cachicamo Latin Harp

We’re so fortunate to have such talent in our neighbourhoods! Cachicamo was one of the first to share their story with Culture of Connection. They’ve shared their new single Gypsyclipse with us; they created it in isolation.

What better way to celebrate restrictions lifting with uplifting World music. We can’t wait to hear Cachicamo again live; until then, enjoy this clip.

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Culture of Connection | Cieavash and Arash play healing music

Cieavash Arean came to Australia in 1988 and has been performing traditional Iranian and other musical genres across multiple instruments since 1989.
For Cieavash and Arash (from Sufi Art Group), music is healing. This video features the Ghoshmeh and a Daf drum, producing sounds that will soothe your soul! Cieavash and Arash are hoping to play their healing music live as soon as they can.

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Culture of Connection | Grace Samuel’s response to isolation

Even though restrictions are starting to lift, life as we knew it won’t be the same.  Here Grace Samuel, who works in community development, talks about how she has responded to isolation.

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Culture of Connection | Kamala Rai's peace through gardening and dance

Another beautiful community story from isolation. Here Kamala Rai from the Bhutanese community (speaking in Nepalese) talks about how she has found peace in her garden and through dance especially celebrating Mother’s Day at home.

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Culture of Connection | staying connected through music

Peranya is a musician and music teacher.  Her performances have been cancelled and she’s unable to teach her students in person, but she’s adapting through online jam sessions and spending time at home playing music. 

Here she shares with us some traditional Thai music playing the Saw U, or alto fiddle.  The saw u is a two-stringed instrument used in traditional Thai music, producing a mellow sound.


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We acknowledge the traditional custodians of all the lands on which we meet, work and live and recognise that this land has always been and always will be Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander land.


Multicultural Australia respects and values Australia’s First Nation peoples’ enormous resilience, courage, determination and often unrecognized contributions to this country’s social and economic development. We walk together in solidarity in the shared pain of the past and with shared hope for the future.