Big Crowds Expected For VIVA Victoria Festival At Federation Square

Big Crowds Expected For VIVA Victoria Festival At Federation Square

Victoria Minister for Multicultural Affairs & Citizenship Nicholas Kotsiras

Huge Crowd To Celebrate Diversity At VIVA Victoria Festival

Victor P Taffa

Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship Nicholas Kotsiras will welcome more than 40,000 people to a free multicultural festival, Viva Victoria, at Federation Square on Sunday 27 March.

Mr. Kotsiras said Viva Victoria was an opportunity for all Victorians to come together to celebrate traditions and learn about our neighbours and friends.

“Viva Victoria is an exciting and wonderful way to showcase the great diversity we have in Victoria and it is this diversity which has established Victoria as a harmonious and prosperous state.” Mr. Kotsiras said.

“On Sunday we will see performances ranging from Ethiopian soul music, to Gypsy flamenco, Serbian folk dancing and a unique cultural fusion of Greek, English and Chinese pop songs.”

“Viva Victoria is one of the state’s greatest celebrations of our multiculturalism and it is wonderful to see so many people coming together to share and learn and celebrate.” Mr. Kotsiras said.

Highlights will include outstanding music from around the world, a youth stage showcasing new talents on offer, a vibrant marketplace of quality handmade products and an exceptional selection of authentic traditional foods, roving performers, a public art installation piece, cultural workshops, plus exciting activities for the kids.

Viva Victoria is the closing event for Cultural Diversity Week, 19-27 March, which is the state’s largest annual event for the promotion of cultural, linguistic and religious diversity and community harmony. More than 170 events have taken place across Victoria during Cultural Diversity Week, encouraging people to share cultures and traditions and help to create a society based on mutual respect and understanding.

Mr. Kotsiras said the week also celebrated the United Nations Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on 21 March which affirms our belief in the right for all Victorians to live without fear of racial and religious discrimination.

“By advocating the right of all Victorians to celebrate and share the uniqueness of their cultural origins without fear of racial or religious discrimination, we are making our democracy stronger and showing the world that it can be done.” Mr. Kotsiras said.