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Festival Solidarity, Victoria style 

Loving Melbourne big time for its array of entertainment and crowd camaraderie signifying that staple in the Diversity Week charter- the VMC Multicultural Festival.   Caught some incredible sights and sounds, including the 'Amaru Tribe's' Amazonic drums, vibrating charangos and powerful harmonies of Oceanic Cumbia.  Then, the sweet, sweet blues, sultry bass, big bass, swing rhythms and huge voice that is 'Mojo Juju'- Sheer bliss. Later, 'Congo Tardis#1 Sound System's' provided an energetic carnival DJ [...]

March 25th, 2017|

WOW IN MELBOURNE 

Honoured to partake in a panel today at the Women of the World festival. #WOWmelb  About WOW: This year, FCAC will partner with London’s Southbank Centre to bring the Women of the World Festival (WOW) to Melbourne between Thursday 23 and Saturday 25 March. As Footscray and FCAC are home to many international communities with both local and global contexts, WOW Melbourne will mirror this diversity in all of its intersections across themes, challenges and [...]

March 24th, 2017|

Playing Like a Girl #winning

Am pleased to be supporting the obvious passion, via pathways through the 'Multicultural Women In Sport', inaugural launch. Multicultural Women in Sport is an organisation that is working towards the increasing participation of multicultural women in sports for empowerment, well-being The panellists for the event are: Margot Foster AM: Lawyer, Olympian, Chairman – Vicsport, Board Member – Olympians Club of Victoria, Committee Member – Women of the MCC; former director VicHealth, Australian Sports Commission, Gymnastics [...]

March 23rd, 2017|

Lessons in Disruption

This morning I spoke to the Year 10 cohort of Lauriston Girls School about the power of disrupting systems that stifle expression- through art, media and politics. I played them LukaLesson's #PleaseResistme clip- to great reception 🙌🏾 A switched on class, whose engagement was so encouraging. On days like this, given the questions and content I'm sharing, it only reinforces my disdain for the role hateful propaganda plays in poisoning opinions.  The need to be constantly [...]

March 23rd, 2017|

What Does it Mean to Belong?

Toight at Kensington Town Hall, I hosted an event for the City of Melbourne's #melbourneconversations series on 'What does it mean to belong?' My fellow Agent-Provacateurs were Melbourne icon, Arnold Zable and the amazing Zione Walker-Nthenda.  Delivering some seriously introspective banter and the odd eyebrow raiser on this International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, this event considered if Melbourne is a great multicultural city, why does not everyone feel included or safe? We [...]

March 21st, 2017|

Talking Diversity & Dianella

For Dianella Health's Harmony Day Celebration at Hume Global Learning Centre in Craigieburn, I was delighted to delivers a keynote address. On this UN International Day for the Elimination of Racism, I called out privilege and systems of governance that aren't representative and gave a shout out to the culturally diverse trailblazers in our midst who are central to effecting change.  There were also numerous artists including the Sankalana Cultural Dance Academy performing a stunning [...]

March 21st, 2017|

‘Speaking Your Mind or Toeing the Line’- a Keynote with kick

Kicked off Cultural Diversity week with a keynote address for the University of Melbourne Arts celebrations. I spoke to the topic of 'Speaking your mind or Toeing the line'- examining the importance of speaking and acting in defence of cultural diversity.  Thank you UniMel for this opportunity to headline a week of truly thought provoking and entertaining events. Get to it if you can!#culturaldiversityweek2017 #tasneemchopra #crossculturalconsultant #endracism #endislamophobia #endmisogyny

March 20th, 2017|

IMA Gala 2017- Celebrating Bonuses!

Congratulations to the Islamic Museum of Australia for their Gala Dinner  tonight. Thrilled with announcements of further funding as well as newly appointed Board Directors in Huss Moustapha from Commonwealth Bank, and Immigration Museum's Padmini Sebastian- stellar additions! Looking forward to seeing the reach of the IMA extend well into the next decade, creating positive change and enriching Australia's multicultural identity.  Congrats Ash & team!

March 19th, 2017|

Our Journey, Our Stories: Premier’s Gala 2017

Tonight's#premiersgaladinner2017 was a riot of colour, style and sound 🙌🏾 Celebrating what we have and acknowledging how much more there is to do- is why we're here ❤️ #culturaldiversityweek #victorianandproudofit #OurJourney #OurStories

March 18th, 2017|

Bold & the Bendigo

Tonight I participated in the La Trobe University Bold Thinking Series posing the question: Bendigo - What is the vision for a free and cosmopolitan city of the future? In a world post Brexit and Trump, how has international politics played out in Bendigo, and more importantly, what is the role of community leaders and individuals to create a vibrant, sustainable and multicultural city of the future? For this first Bold Thinking Series lecture of [...]

March 16th, 2017|