BYRON MULTICULTURAL INCORPORATED
Celebrate cultural diversity with music, dance, and art
Celebrate cultural diversity with music, dance, and art
Our culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) community background residents in Byron Shires is on the increase.
Reference to Byron Shire community profile / demographic resource https://profile.id.com.au/byron
WHAT DOES “CULTURALLY DIVERSE” MEAN?What language do you speak? What is your religion? What holidays do you celebrate? What is your racial identification? What is your ethnic identity? What is your culture? Why is cultural diversity so important? Our culture is what shapes us, shapes our behavior and our identity. Culture is our way of living, it refers to the shared language, beliefs, values, norms, behaviors, and material objects that are passed down from one generation to the next. The term “culturally diverse” is often interchangeable with the concept of “multiculturalism.” It can signify:
-Recognition of the abundant diversity of cultures; respect for the differences
-Acknowledging the validity of different cultural expressions and contributions
-Valuing what other cultures offer
-Encouraging the contribution of diverse groups
-Empowering people to strengthen themselves and others to achieve their maximum potential by being critical of their own biases
-Celebrating rather than just tolerating the differences in order to bring about unity through diversity.
Funding for the Byron Emerging Community of Multicultural Empowerment (BECOME) Project was providedt, through Multicultural NSW Celebrating Diversity Program, in 2019.
As well, in 2019-2020 members of the then Byron Multicultural group provided a variety of cultural workshops supported by funding from Byron Council’s Community Initiatives Program.
Yoyo Tuki Haka Workshop NewZealandThe haka is a type of ancient Māori war dance traditionally used on the battlefield, as well as when groups came together in peace. Haka are a fierce display of a tribe's pride, strength and unity. Actions include violent foot-stamping, tongue protrusions and rhythmic body slapping to accompany a loud chant.
Byron Taiko Workshop JapanTaiko is the Japanese word for ‘drum’. Wadaiko is the art of Japanese drumming Wadaiko combines rhythm, movement, and spirit. The sound of the taiko could be heard as part of everyday Japanese life for hundreds, perhaps thousands, of years. Its origins lie deeply embedded in Japanese culture,
Anna Carbonell Tahitian Dance WorkshopTahitian Dance is called Ori Tahiti in Tahitian Language as it literally means the Dance of Tahiti. Tahitian Dance is an original artistic expression that has deep roots in ancient Polynesian traditions. Most people know Tahitian dance as the sensual “Aparima” story telling of melodic songs and vibrant dances called “Ote’a” which is accompanied by fast drums songs.
Natty Dolaiasi Solomon Islands WorkshopNatty Dolaiasi is a warrior of traditional tribal songs of the Solomon Islands, the bearer of deep cultural knowledge and rare mystic chants. Natty has travelled the length and breadth of the magical Solomon Islands and is deeply passionate about sharing the extraordinary sounds and harmonies that are the unique cultural richness of his cultural songs in seven different tribal languages accompanied by the beat of the traditional log drums and rattles.
Gabriel Otu African Drum WorkshopGabriel Otu is a West African performer, dancer and teacher. Growing up on the beaches of Ghana's South Coast, Gabriel started traditional African dance at the ripe young age of 7 and pursued this while continuing in his father's footsteps in playing percussion, singing and carving djembes.
Aloha Hula NSW WorkshopAloha Hula NSW is a dance group and school that supports and promotes the Hawaiian and Pacific Island cultures in the Byron Shire. Hula is a Polynesian dance form accompanied by chant or song. There is a strong storytelling aspect of Hula dancing with hand motions used to represent the words in a song or chant.
Byron Multicultural Inc is an artist-led, not-for-profit organization, providing cultural activities in Byron Shire, including workshops, events and festivals
To share our cultural diversity and connect with local communities
Engaging with our local multicultural community
Byron Harmony Festival
Japan Festival Byron Bay
Pacific Islander Festival
Byron Multicultural Lunch Gatherings
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Byron Multicultural is a not-for-profit organisation providing cultural workshops and events
Visiting schools with multicultural activities
We celebrate diversity and work in partnership with local communities and other organisations to work towards realising a vision of equality and unification. Members of our organisation have been providing assistance to culturally and linguistically diverse communities in Byron Bay since 2012 and continue to work with and advocate for our community.
Mayu has visited local schools since 2012 sharing unique Japanese cultures, with Sushi making, Ninjya workshop, Origami, Somen River, Sakura craft, Tanabata workshopMayu Akiba
Fabrizio is a highly experienced community cultural development arts worker recognised by the Australia Council for the Arts and is a festivals and events organiser who has worked extensively with multicultural communities in NSW, Victoria and the Northern Territory.Fabrizio Calafuri
Anna is providing hula and Tahitian dance workshops and is the founder and leader of Aloha Hula NSW, a dance group and school that supports and promotes Hawaiian and Pacific Island cultures.Anna Carbonell
This diversity makes our country a more interesting place to live. As people from diverse cultures contribute language skills, new ways of thinking, new knowledge, and different experiences.
Byron Multicultural Inc
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