Multicultural News

Multicultural Council faiths booklet celebrates our diversity

The Multicultural Council of Tasmania has developed a new resource for schools and organisations on major faiths practiced in Australia. The booklet provides information on Bahai Faith, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhim. It has been developed in response to a reported rise in religious intolerance and to address misconceptions about various faiths. 

Featured in this booklet are some of our religious based member groups, such as the Australian Bhutanese Community of Northern Tasmania, Congo Life Foundation and many more!

The booklet is available for $2.00 per copy on the Multicultural Council website. To purchase a copy visit

Harmony Week 2017 a success!

Congratulations to everyone who participated in Harmony Week 2017! This year we opened Harmony Week with a friendly cricket match with the Intercultural Sports League and political representatives in Hobart.

There were 43 events registered with the Harmony Week Tasmania website, which took place across the state in Launceston, Burnie, Hobart, Scottsdale, Devonport and many other locations. The week was well publicised, with daily pieces featured in the Examiner newspaper, a number of interviews with ABC Radio, and many other news outlets. 

Thank you to our Harmony Week Ambassadors who coordinated events, attended activities and spoke to media about the importance of Harmony Week. They embodied and promoted the message that everyone belongs through their actions and hard work. Thank you also to Liam Evans, who provided media and communications support to the Council. 

A full report on Harmony Week 2017 will be uploaded on our website soon. For more pictures visit our Facebook page.

Make your community stronger - accredited training opportunity

The Multicultural Council of Tasmania is committed to empowering people from culturally diverse background. As part of this the Council is providing training to existing / newly formed community organisations. The training is offered in conjunction with Singleton Consulting & Training in three nationally recognised units of competency as part of Certificate IV in Governance (BSB40915).

Units Covered  

  • BSBGOV401 Implement Board Member Responsibilities
  • BSBADM502 Manage Meetings
  • BSBSMB404 Undertake Small Business Planning
Training will be conducted between May - July in Hobart and Launceston. On succesful completion a certificate will be awarded to participants. For more information on how to apply visit or telephone Raj Chopra on 6285 9907.

Seeking local musicians for collaboration!

Marcus Azon is an Australian musician who has toured nationally and abroad. He is currently seeking up and coming talents from migrant backgrounds to work on a music project. You would work alongside Marcus in the studio, to create music, that would be professionally produced. For information about the project and how to get involved, read our interview with Marcus below:

What is the project about?
The project is about creating a platform for migrant artists to showcase their skill sets and allow an avenue in which to explore stories and musical innovation that would be otherwise unfamiliar to a young Australian audience. It will demonstrate to the audience just how valuable these artists are within our communities; that they are contributors to our multicultural society and not a burden. I believe it's an important message to spread, now more than ever, taking into account the current political climate regarding refugees and border control, both internationally and locally.   
How did it start?
It has evolved out of my passion for world music. East African guitar music, and any instrument that is sonically unfamiliar, has always been interesting to me. I was part of a similar project in Melbourne a few years ago, working with a group of migrant artists. I want to do something more local, based around the Hobart community.
What are you hoping to achieve?
The whole project will be a process driven experience; by that i mean that we put an equal amount of value on the end result, as we put into the actual process of making the music. I'm hoping the experience will be enjoyable as well as empowering for the artists involved, and will allow for an outlet in which some important stories and multicultural diversity can be shared amongst the local community. 
What is your background and interest in this?  
Up until last year i was in an indie afro beat band called Jinja Safari, we were signed to Island/Universal, won triple j unearthed, and have toured the world. I've written for many Australian artists, and worked as a professional musician in Sydney for several years. My grandma lives in Uganda in a town called Jinja, so i've always been fond of afro beat and raggaetone. The project we worked on in Melbourne was called the Key of Sea and we collaborated with a great migrant keyboardist/vocalist by the name of Kinfe. The song we created had a chorus hook that used the lyrics 'go back to where you come from', and explored some of the ignorance that you expect to see as bumper stickers on cars of well intentioned but uneducated Australian patriots, who choose to forget that we are all migrants to Australia, living on a foreign continent in a society that has shown very little respect to the original land owners. 
What would it involve?
 It would be an organic writing process between myself and 4 or 5 acts (this can be either a group or a solo artist). I would go into the studio with each act and we would record down a few ideas, and develop them on the day and in the following weeks with additional production help from industry professionals. All we would need to start the process is a couple of stories or basic musical arrangements to serve as a jump off point. 
If people are interested how can they get in touch?
Marcus Azon on facebook or

Community Noticeboard

  • Would you like to share your culture and language? Hobart Language Day would like to hear from you! The festival runs for one day at Mather's House in Hobart and is a celebration of language through dance, writing, language and performance! Visit for more information. 
  • 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
  • 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 
  • 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
  • The unveiling of the Icelandic Commemoration Stone at the International Wall of Friendship in Hobart has been postponed till further notice. The International Wall of Development Committee sends its apologies for any inconvenience caused.
  • A call for abstracts is open for the Cultural Shift 2017 conference. Conference host Settlement Services International is seeking presentations of between 15 - 20 minutes. For more information visit Abstract submission deadline is 28 April.


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Incorporated Associations
Information Session - Migrant Resource Centre
Hobart Community Legal Service will be available to answer your questions on:
- Incorporated Associations
- Its legal responsibilities
- Financial reporting
- Annual general meetings
Free to attend, please register with Scoutt at MRC on 6221 0999 or

When: Thursday 25 May
6.00 - 8.00 pm
Where: Migrant Resource Centre
1a Anfield St Glenorchy
Starting Your Own Business in Hobart
Information Sessions
Information session for migrants wishing to start their own business, with language support.

Free to attend, please register with Scoutt at MRC on 6221 0999 or

When: Wednesday 10 May
6.00 - 7.30 pm
Where: Migrant Resource Centre
1a Anfield St Glenorchy

When: Monday 22 May
5.30 - 7.30 pm
Where: Migrant Resource Centre
1a Anfield St Glenorchy
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
World Tai Chi Day
"One World - One Breath"
Every year, on the last Saturday in April, the world unites in celebration of World Tai Chi Day.

This is a free community event and open to everyone. From beginners to the well practiced.

When: Saturday April 29th
10.00am - 12.00pm
Where: International Wall of Friendship
188 Collins St Hobart

Organised by the Jian Shen School of Tai Chi and Qigong. For more information contact Bill Pearson on 6272 9694
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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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