Month: August 2016

Upcoming forum: What is the future of multiculturalism in Victoria?

The Right To Belong
Melbourne Writers Festival 2016

What is the future of multiculturalism in Victoria? How can we ensure Australia is as inclusive as possible?

Join us to explore these questions in a free community forum about place, belonging and identity on the opening day of Melbourne Writers Festival 2016.

Presented in partnership by the Office for Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship and the Festival, The Right To Belong will be hosted by Victorian Multicultural Commission Chairperson Helen Kapalos and feature a keynote address by Minister for Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott, alongside a panel of leading thinkers including Abdi Aden, Dennis Altman, Dr Nasya Bahfen and Ian Hamm.

Add your voice to the conversation next week:

Friday 26 August 2016
2.30 – 4.00pm
Deakin Edge, Federation Square

Register here

The forum will launch an exciting artistic and cultural installation at Federation Square as part of Melbourne Writers Festival 2016 program theme, ’identity‘.  Belonging and Place has been curated by leading museums and shares the stories of Victorians from culturally diverse backgrounds, both past and present.

We look forward to your participation in these two key features of Melbourne Writers Festival 2016 to promote cultural diversity in Victoria.

Annual General Meeting – Sunday August 28th

Dear Community,

The year is flying by and you are invited to attend the important Caribbean Association AGM on Sunday 28thAugust 2016

Below is the Agenda and Notice of the 7th Annual General Meeting to be held at 2:00pm at the AMES Multicultural Hub in Elizabeth Street, Melbourne 3000.
Please come along to learn more about the growth and successes of our small but vital community group striving in Multicultural Victoria.

Elections will be held and we encourage you to volunteer for a position to bring about the necessary progressive changes needed for our organisation. For your convenience, this form makes up part of the attached Notice.

For refreshments this year Roti will be served.

Please RSVP by emailing and should you need further information please do not hesitate to call me.

We look forward to your communication.



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Windrush Report!


The Boite Milennium Chorus 2016

by Gerri Singh

On Saturday 23rd July, a choir of 300 singers assembled on the stage of Hamer Hall in the Arts Centre of Melbourne for a one-off concert. Every year The Boite Milennium Chorus gathers to rehearse for 10 weeks in Melbourne and various regional locations in preparation for this event. The theme this year focussed on the migration from the Caribbean Islands to the UK, and the title, “Windrush”, was the name of one of the ships that made such a journey.

Having previously sung in the Chorus some years ago, I just couldn’t resist the lure of the Caribbean music, and signed up for the rehearsals. The infectious enthusiasm of both artistic director, Geoffrey Williams, and choir director, Stella Savy, made these Sunday afternoon sessions lots of fun, whilst we learnt our respective parts for each new song. A reggae beat as backing to many of the songs kept us moving and grooving throughout until, for the final rehearsals and concert, a four-piece band provided fantastic accompaniment.

The songs reflected three stages…..the traditional music of the Caribbean, including calypso and steelpan, followed by original numbers narrating the brave journeying by boat of migrants to the UK. The final experience of these migrants, as they settled in their new country, brought more songs and different tales to tell. There were uplifting, upbeat, joyful songs, sad heart-wrenching ones and some depicting racism and discrimination. And then there was SKA !!

A highlight of the concert was the performance of the Caribvic Steelband, a new experience for many in the audience, who acknowledged the players with resounding applause. Jigzie Campbell demonstrated her considerable storytelling talents through narration, song and dance, ably supported by her son, Rueben, on percussion. In addition we were treated to the musicianship of Trini-born Alvin Rostant on steelpan as he delivered a Lord Kitchener calypso in style. Further to this a delightful number from Milla Williams, 11 yr old daughter of Geoffrey & Georgina, and the Mini Monas children’s choir captivated everyone. Another versatile musician, Patrick Brooks, aka amancalledlimey, also lent his voice and guitar to several upbeat tunes.

Throughout the entire concert both Geoffrey Williams and Stella Savy conducted, sang and played various instruments with high energy, humour and pathos, when relevant.

The evening concluded with a lively ska number, followed by an encore of Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds”, leaving us with the message: “ Don’t worry ‘bout a thing,’ cos every little thing’s gonna be alright”