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Twenty five years in making communities stronger is worth more than just a party, it deserves a festival!

On Sunday 14th October, Southern Migrant & Refugee Centre (SMRC) will be celebrating Unity in Diversity in Dandenong to mark its significant presence in the region.  It will be a day that will bring together the diverse cultures that make up the communities around Dandenong in a family-centric, carnival style landscape.

The festival will be held at 39 Clow Street.  Patrons will be feasted with an assortment of cultural performances throughout the day on the main stage.  They will have the opportunity to meet and speak to a vast array of community groups and business stalls.  To top it all, they can enjoy a delicious selection of food from around the globe.  They will also be able to visit the Youth Arts & Writing Prize Exhibition.  Patrons will have the chance to be a part of the launch of the new Dandy Makers Market (that will run every 2nd Sunday of the month) on the south terrace of Dandenong Market.

“Unity and Diversity festival will have direct and indirect impact on the local community. Apart from providing opportunities for participation, skills development, volunteering and social interaction the impact will go well beyond what can be measured in economic terms.  It will greatly assist in building and strengthening communities ultimately leading to harmony and cohesion.  This festival is likely to act as a source of community pride”, says Ramesh Kumar, CEO of SMRC.

Kids will be spoilt for choice with fee and for free entertainment including amusement rides, mini golf, jumping castles and even a kids art zone and a mega building block space to inspire their creativity.

“The Unity in Diversity Festival is our gift to a community that has opened its arms to diversity and flourished by the opportunity” said Mr Kumar.

There will be plenty to surprise and delight visitors including buskers, face painters, henna artisans, drumming circles and a chance to get up close and personal with a baby animal petting zoo.

The Unity in Diversity Festival will run from 10am until 4pm on the grounds of the SMRC HQ at 39 Clow St.

Be sure to pickup your event program available at all entry points or at the Event Information Tent.

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Public Notices:

  • FREE entry to this public event
  • Sturt St at Clow St will be closed from 8am until 6pm with traffic diverted to Sleeth Avenue.
  • This is an family friendly event designed to accommodate all ages and abilities.
  • This is an alcohol free event.
  • Parking is available in surrounding carparks and is free on Sunday.
  • Amusement ride prices start at $2.50 with bulk discounts available. Visit ticket booth for more details.

Stallholders Attending:

1 Bean to market
2 The Ice cream wagon
3 Slinky Spuds
4 Bullpit BBQ
5 Cris BBQ
6 Lady paella
7 Lekker lekker
9 HESTA Super
11 Maurice Blackburn
12 Medibank
13 Maree Davenport MP – Vic Liberal
14 Wimmigrants
15 Chisholm
16 Match Works
17 Victorian Electoral Commission
18 Ventana Hispana
19 Family life
21 Nina Springle MP – Vic Greens
22 Upendo Artist Association Inc
23 Brotherhood of St Laurence
24 Gabrielle Williams MP – Vic Labour
25 Jesuit Social Services
26 Migrant Workers Centre
27 Palliative care SE
28 Tamil Senior Citizens Fellowship of Victoria
29 Daughters of Jerusalem
30 Tarang Chawla /  Nicole Lee – Independants
31 Kids arts space
32 Kids mega block building space
33 SMRC – Volunteers
35 SMRC -The Learning & Earning Space
36 Girl Guides
37 SMRC – Diverse Care
38 SEW
39 Jobs Training Institute
40 SMRC membership
41 LIFE! / Allied Health
42 SMRC – HIPPY Program
43 SMRC – Settlement Services
44 SMRC – Aged Care Services
45 SMRC – Social Support in a Group
46 SMRC – Support for Carers
46b Carers  Event Respite Tent
48 Youth Arts & Writing Exhibition
49 Rosy Red – Face Painting
50 Pooja – henna
51 Drumming Circle with Peter Vadiveloo
52 Masala Football Club

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