Multicultural News

Harmony Week website launched!

This year, Harmony Week will be celebrated from the 20 - 26 March to the theme of 'everyone belongs'. Harmony Week is an excellent opportunity to celebrate cultural diversity in our state, in your workplace, school and community! If you're interested in hosting a Harmony Week event get in touch, or visit the Harmony Tasmania website to register your event, access resources, and find out what happening in your community!  Visit 

Vale Teodino Ottavi
22 July 1930 - 21 January 2017

In January, founding member of the Multicultural Council of Tasmania and respected member of the Italian community of Tasmania, Teodino Ottavi, passed peacefully in his home in North Hobart at the age of 86 years old. Teodino was an active board member of the Multicultural Council up until his passing and will be greatly missed by the Council.

Teodino Ottavi was born on 22nd July 1930 in San Benedetto Dei Marsi, in the province of Abbruzzo in Italy, to Pietro and Antonina Ottavi. Teodino's mother strongly encouraged him him to attend college, and tried to pay his tuition to become a qualified teacher in Italy. Ultimately the family was unable to continue to pay tuition fees, and Teodino worked as a labourer until he migrated to Australia in 1954, where he worked in Hydro camps.

In 1956 Teodino was joined by his wife Eulalia in Hobart, who he had married by proxy. The young couple managed a delicatessen-style shop in North Hobart and later Harrington street. In 1966 the couple returned to San Benedetto in Italy with their three children, Peter, Enzo, and Dino. The family was soon joined by a fourth Ottavi, Rosemary, who was born in 1970.

In 1974 Teodino returned to Tasmania and was joined by his family the following year. During his working years Teodino worked as a teacher, salesman, electrician assistant, tiler, a bar tender, Italian gourmet cook, a multicultural aged care worker, and ultimately dedicated himself to community work, building the profile and strength of the Tasmanian Italian community throughout his life. Teodino held several executive committee positions in the Australian Italian Club, in the Juventus Soccer Club, the Alpini Association, and the Italian Cultural and Welfare Association, where he was president for over 20 years. 

Teodino was heavily involved with the Multicultural Council of Tasmania. He was passionate about language education and the continued celebration of Italian culture in younger generations. His community work was recognised in 1999 when Teodino won International Year of the Older Persons, Tasmanian Older Person of the Year Award. 

Teodino's desire to finish his studies was fulfilled when he completed a Diploma of Modern Languages and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Tasmania. Teodino achieved this life long goal following all of his children completing their university degrees.  He owed these achievements to his mother. 

He is survived by his wife, Eulalia, children, grandchildren and two great grandchildren and three sisters who are still in Italy. Our condolences to the Ottavi family and friends. Thank you to Dino Ottavi for his assistance in compiling this tribute.

Photo credits: Domas Rukas and the Italian Historical Society Image Collection.

Special Event: Multicultural Council Listening Forum

Have you experienced discrimination, or have an opinion on proposed changes to the Anti-Discrimination Act?

On the 23rd of this month the Council will host a listening forum, as an opportunity for people to meet with political representatives to discuss and highlight issues of concern. Representatives from Hobart City Council, independents, the Greens, Labor and Liberal party representatives will be available to listen to issues affecting minority communities in Tasmania.

We value the insight communities can make and invite you to attend and talk about your own experiences and concerns. Meet, talk, listen and discuss directly with decision makers in Tasmania.  

Refreshments will be provided, please RSVP to Lucie Cutting, Communications and Engagement Officer, Multicultural Council of Tasmania on 6285 9907 or by email at

When: Thursday 23rd February, 6 pm - 8 pm
Where: Multicultural Council of Tasmania, 40 Melville st Hobart.

Celebrating the New Year of the Rooster

A message from the Hon Elise Archer MP. 
The 2017 Lunar New Year has been welcomed in style with an annual festival held on Parliament House Lawns. Thousands of revelers attended the event that featured lion and dragon dances, Chinese music, food and the ever popular two metre long fire crackers, to celebrate what is a traditional time of year for Chinese families and friends to get together. 

Festival Chairman James Lee said the child friendly “Panda Zone” was also a highlight. “It’s always a fun filled program that enables all families to celebrate this special time of year,” he said. “Continuing the success of the 2016 festival, there were more performances, stalls and activities than ever before and Parliament House Lawns is an outstanding venue.”

Speaker of the House of Assembly and Liberal Member for Denison, Elise Archer, said the free event continues to grow in popularity. “The festival quickly outgrew its original home in North Hobart and I had no hesitation in once again approving the use of Parliament Lawns as a venue for 2017,” she said. “It is a showcase of the diverse culture, customs and traditions of the Chinese and is an event all Tasmanian's can enjoy together.” Approximately 2000 Tasmanian's were born in the People’s Republic of China and over 5000 Tasmanian's have Chinese ancestry. “Over many years, our Chinese migrants have made a significant contribution to Tasmania, and their endeavours across many fields have been truly remarkable,” she said. “I congratulate the Chinese Community Association of Tasmania on the growing success of the Lunar New Year Festival and wish everyone a happy and safe Year of the Rooster.”

As a special guest at the Chinese Lunar New Year Festival, Speaker of the House of Assembly and Liberal Member for Denison, the Hon Elise Archer MP, dots the eyes of the lions during a traditional performance at Parliament House Lawns.

Community Noticeboard

  • If you live near Launceston, you may like to become a Human Book in the Launceston Human Library. The Library's aim is to reduce prejudice and encourage understanding. Once a month, we visit a school, TAFE or public event to meet and talk with small groups of people. If you are interested, please email, phone 6323 3000 or visit the website 
  • Babel is a multi-language performance taking place during Harmony Week and as part of Ten Days on the Island festival. Babel is a sound work and celebration of the many languages spoken in Tasmania. For more information or to participate visit
  • It's time to start planning for the Tamar Peace Festival! Scheduled for the last weekend of July, this three day festival is an opportunity to share what peace means to you and your community. Festival participation does not need to be about creating additional work or spending money, it can be about including themes of peace into existing activities. For more information visit
  • EverydayRacism is a phone app played out over seven days. The application gives insight into the kind of comments and interactions people from minorities experience on a daily basis. Choose from one of three characters and walk in another persons shoes for a week, or participate as an observer and witness the experience of others. For more information click the link below!
  • If you are Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander or have a multicultural background, and are between 13 - 16 years of age, head along to the male Kick-Start/All Nations State Selection Day on Wednesday 1st February! Running from 11 am - 1pm at the Campbell Town Football Ground, this try-outs session is an opportunity to be selected to complete in the All Nations Championships in Townsville from the 8th - 13th April. To enqire contact Barry Gaby on 0418 339 959 or email
  • Would you like to share your story? The Hobart Human Library are always on the lookout for new 'human books' to share their stories with community. Human books participate in 90 minute workshops with schools and workplaces around Hobart at various times during the week. You will be paid $50 for each workshop you assist with and will receive training. For more information contact Olivia at the Hobart Human Library on 6223 1025 or by email at


Our online calendar is packed with school holiday activities for December through to February! To view activities head to and to submit an event email

Cricket at Mount Field National Park

The Intercultural Sports League's inaugural T20 exhibition match will be held at Mount Field.
Join for a T20 cricket match, kids crick workshops, activities, a guided walk and more! Free transport will be departing from Hobart at 9.30 am and returning 5 pm. 

When: Saturday 11th Feburary
Where: Mount Field National Park
Places limited, RSVP to Sam Cuff at or on 0400 968 570
Hear Our Voices
Annual Multicultural Women's Gathering

Save the date!

An opportunity for women to meet and discuss issues important to them.

For more information contact Jill Sleiters at Glenorchy City Council on 03 6216 6780.

When:  Friday 31st March, 9.30 - 2 pm
Save the Date!
World Games Day 

Celebrate our multicultural community through games, sport, music, dance, and food! 
Would you like to be involved? Contact Suzanne at Clarence City Council on 62179599 or
When: Sunday 21st May
Where: Blundstone Arena
Harmony Week launch
Attend a special cricket match, celebrating the launch of Harmony Week 2017! Kids and families welcome.

When: Sunday 26th February
Where: Cornelian Bay Sportsground
No RSVP required

We welcome contribution to this monthly newsletter! The deadline for our next edition is the 23rd February

Contact details:
The Multicultural Council of Tasmania
40 Melville street, Hobart TAS 7000
Post: GPO Box 798 Hobart TAS 7001

Phone: (03) 6285 9907
Office Hours: Tuesday - Friday, 9 - 2 pm

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