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Events, Activities and Programs
  • Last updated:
  • 29 Jul 2019

If you are interested in hosting a local event or campaign you can contact council’s Multicultural Development Officer on 5475 7272 to discuss your idea. There may be an opportunity to assist you with project development, funding submissions and linking you to further partnerships.

National and State Events and Campaigns

Harmony Day 2019

On March 23, 2019, the Sunshine Coast Voices of Harmony event will create a ‘global village’ in Cotton Tree Park for the community to connect through song, story, dance, food, traditional games, activities and customs. Council, in partnership with the Sunshine Coast Multicultural Network, is calling for expressions of interest to be a part of this community celebration.

Are you a multicultural group or individual who would like to showcase their culture through displays, dance, music, workshops or food?

Please register your interest by filling in the Expression of Interest[905KB] form and returning it to commdevelopment@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au or call 5475 7272 and ask to speak to a Community Development Officer.

Harmony Day is a celebration of our cultural diversity – a day of cultural respect for everyone who calls Australia home. Held every year on 21 March. The Day coincides with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The message of Harmony Day is 'everyone belongs', the day aims to engage people to participate in their community, respect cultural and religious diversity and foster a sense of belonging for everyone.

Celebrate our cultural diversity by living the Harmony Day message everyone belongs in your workplace, community, school and sporting group. Find out more information on Harmony Day

World Day for Cultural Diversity 21 May 

In 2001, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) adopted the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity and in December 2002, the UN General Assembly declared May 21 to be the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.

Refugee Week June 2019

Refugee Week provides a platform where positive images of refugees can be promoted in order to create a culture of welcome throughout the country. The ultimate aim of the celebration is to create better understanding between different communities and to encourage successful integration enabling refugees to live in safety and to continue making a valuable contribution to Australia.

Racism it stops with me

Racism. It Stops with Me is a national strategy that aims to promote a clear understanding of what racism is, and how it can be prevented and reduced. It’s about working together to take action against racism in all its forms, wherever we see or experience it.

Racism has no place in Australia. Join the campaign and take a stand.

Queensland Multicultural Month

Held in August each year, Multicultural Queensland Month is the state’s largest multicultural celebration bringing together people from across the state to perform, share, taste, listen, learn and acknowledge that, while we may come from different cultures, we all love living in Queensland.

If you would like to keep up-to-date with multicultural initiatives held throughout Queensland all year round:

Sunshine Coast Events

Ocean Street World Festival - is a community celebration of culture, music and food. Held annually on Easter Sunday, the event brings together the Sunshine Coast's diverse flavours, sounds and people. 

Cultural Connections Program - provides opportunities for people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to, connect with others, develop skills, and engage in community and government processes. Please contact the Nambour Community Centre on 5441 4724 for more information.

Suncoast Settlement Program - is all about supporting new migrants to access Australian services such as health, employment, education and transport. The Settlement Program is based at Nambour Community Centre and can provide free confidential information to support permanent residents who have arrived in the last 5 years as refugees, humanitarian entrants or family stream migrants who live on the Sunshine Coast. Contact Linda for more information on 5441 4660.

Women's Global Hub – a social group for all women from the global village. Every Tuesday 11am - 2pm at Caloundra Community Centre. Bring a plate to share.

Multicultural Lunches and Dinner - Sharing a meal is a great way to celebrate our multicultural society together and meet others in our community. These are free family events. Bring a plate of food to share and join in.

  • Caloundra Multicultural lunch – every third Friday of the month 12 – 2 pm at Caloundra Community Centre.
  • Maroochydore Multicultural Lunch - Every fourth Saturday of the Month 12 – 2 pm at the Maroochydore Neighbourhood Centre.
  • A Place at the Table  - monthly dinners held at  Nambour Community Centre from 5.30 pm on the first Friday of the month.

Sunshine Coast Multicultural Network Group - meet monthly (1st Wednesday of each month) to bring together individuals, cultural groups, government and non-government community representatives to:

  • create opportunities for connections and networking
  • collaborate on identified themes, needs and issues
  • enhance understanding of cultural diversity
  • work with multicultural communities.

Open for new members to join. Contact the Nambour Community Centre on 5441 4724 or email mcw@nambourcc.org