PPCFR | CALLING WRITERS | Don't Make History a Mystery writing competition | entries CLOSE 24 August 2018

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Open to all adults, secondary and primary school students from Victoria, this year's judging panel includes author Tony Birch and academic Clare Bradford. 

The competition offers a $4,200 prize pool across one adult and five student categories.

Port Phillip Citizens for Reconciliation is a voluntary, not for profit community group. It began in 1997 at a public meeting, at St Kilda Town Hall, convened by Jacki Willox and attended by hundreds of people, including politicians, councillors, indigenous musicians and general public.

Port Phillip Citizens for Reconciliation Inc. (PPCfR)
Email: writingcomp2018@gmail.com
Website: www.ppcfr.org

SKFM | Indigenous films | Wednesday 23 May 2018 | 7.45-9.30pm

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Join David Batty as he reflects on 35 years of filmmaking in remote Aboriginal Australia. 

View rarely-screened gems from his vast archive of work interspersed with personal anecdotes in this interactive screening moderated by Batty’s close friend, writer Jim Buckell.

After kick-starting his career in Alice Springs in the 1980s, David was instrumental in establishing the first television production unit at the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA). He continued to make films with and for Aboriginal people for the next four decades, culminating in his latest production Black As which has reached more than 100 million viewers.

From the Warlpiri Sesame St, to the iconic Bush Mechanics series, get behind the scenes insight into Batty’s uniquely Australian narratives with universal appeal.

Classification Notice: As films featured in the St Kilda Film Festival are unclassified, persons under the age of 18 will not be admitted.

Where: St Kilda Town Hall, 99a Carlisle Street, St Kilda

Cost: $20/$17 full/conc

Bookings: Online through Ticketmaster http://www1.ticketmaster.com.au/event/1300547CC413C12D

ST Kilda Film Festival
Website: stkildafilmfestival.com.au

SMCC | COMMEMORATE | National Sorry Day | Friday 25 May 2018 | 12.30-2.30pm

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A community lunch with Aboriginal Elders and friends.

Cost: Gold coin donation

South Melbourne Community Centre
1 Ferrars Street, South Melbourne
Tel: 9699 8804

CoPP | RAISING | Flag | Monday 28 May 2018 | 11am-1pm

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Featuring a Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony.

Cost: Free


City of Port Phillip (CoPP)
99a Carlisle Street, St Kilda
Tel: 9209 6502
Email: tcondie@portphillip.vic.gov.au
Website: www.portphillip.vic.gov.au

CoPP | CELEBRATING | Mabo Day | Monday 4 June 2018 | 11am-2pm

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A feature performance of traditional Torres Strait Islander dance.

Where: St Kilda Town Hall, 99a Carlisle Street, St Kilda

City of Port Phillip (CoPP)
99a Carlisle Street, St Kilda
Tel: 9209 6502

S2b | ENGAGING | Citizens of the World | Wednesday 6 June-Friday 29 June 2018

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Six artists from refugee backgrounds focus on the idea of belonging in a new country.

Hours: Tuesday-Monday 10am-5pm; Satruday 10am-2pm

Where: Space2b, 144 Chapel Street, St Kilda

Cost: Free

Space2b Social Design
144 Chapel Street, St Kilda
Website: www.space2b.com.au

GAP | THEATRE | Which Way Home | Tuesday-Wednesday 19-20 June 2018 | 7.30pm

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An Aussie road trip comedy 80,000 years in the making.

Tash and her Dad are going on a road trip. Home to country, where the sky is higher, and the world goes on forever.
It’s a long way from the wide streets and big old houses of Tash’s childhood. Two Black faces in a very white suburb. Dad still thinks he’s the king of cool, but he’s an old fella now. It’s time for Tash to take him home.

ILBIJERRI Theatre Company tells stories about what it means to be Indigenous in Australia today.

Infused with humour and heart Which Way Home draws on writer Katie Beckett’s own memories of growing up with her single Aboriginal father.

Where: Gasworks Theatre

Cost: Full $45; Concession $40; Under 30 $40; Group (6+) $30

Bookings: Online through Gasworks http://www.gasworks.org.au/event/which-way-home/

Gasworks Arts Park (GAP)
21 Graham Street, Albert Park VIC 3206
Tel: (03) 8606 4200
Email: frontdesk@gasworks.org.au
Website: www.gasworks.org.au

CoPP | SUSTAINING | Port Phillip

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The average Victorian household throws out of $2,200 worth of food per year.

Most household waste can be avoided by better planning of meals and the right storage of food.
In an average household garbage bin, the contents are 8% green waste, 17% recyclables, 30% organic and 45% Rubbish - meaning 55% of the contents could be diverted from land fill.

Start a compost or worm farm for food scraps.

Even if living in an apartment, by implementing a few simple changes could reduce what is sent to landfill by half.

Sustainable Port Phillip
City of Port Phillip (CoPP)
99a Carlisle Street, St Kilda, Melbourne VIC 3182
Tel: (03) 9209 6690
Email: enviro@portphillip.vic.gov.au
Website: www.sustainableportphillip.com

POV | BUILDING CITIZENRY | Civics curriculum professional development

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Teachers are invited to register for a new professional development program on the civic curriculum. 

Being offered free of charge by the Victorian Parliament, it can be delivered in metropolitan or regional areas, or at Parliament House.

Each program will be tailored to meet the year level being taught, from years 3-12, and is available for VCE legal studies. To register and more information, see contacts below.

Parliament of Victoria (POV)
Email: educationinfo@parliament.vic.gov.au
Tel: 8682 2655

GOVA | OPENING | More doors for Australians

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The Australian Government has recently introduced a series of measures to help Australians at all stages of life find the right home. 

This includes helping first home buyers and downsizers, building new infrastructure to help boost housing supply, and providing ongoing support to homelessness services so we can help those who need it most.

With general advices and specific information for different categories of seekers:
  • Looking to buy my first home
  • Own my home
  • Foreign Investor
  • Looking to or currently renting out a property
  • Renting
  • Social and Public Housing
Australian Government (GOVA)
Website: homeownership.gov.au

JMA | LAUNCH | Love & Legacy Exhibition Open Day | Sunday 6 May | 10am to 5pm

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Join in the fun and free open day to celebrate the launch of Love & Legacy. Throughout the day there'll be a mix of activities including arts and crafts, music and food. An open day highlight will be a storytime session with a special-guest grandmother from another cultural background.

“Yes there is a traditional Jewish grandmother. I do believe that. I’m one of them!”
Rahel Vivat, one of the grandmothers featured in Love & Legacy.
Love & Legacy, is a new and exuberant exhibition, celebrating Jewish Australian grandmothers. It launches with a free open day on Sunday 6 May, and begs the question – what does the Jewish Grandmother in the 21st century look like?

Featuring stories of grandmothers from diverse Jewish backgrounds – orthodox to secular, from India to Egypt to Poland and beyond – our exhibition honours the complexity of the role of the grandmother in contemporary Australian society. Love & Legacy also details the many ways cultural knowledge, shared histories and family traditions are kept alive from one generation to the next, providing a space to celebrate and fully acknowledge the achievements, contributions, experience and knowledge of our grandmothers.

The exhibition includes interviews and commissioned portraits by photographer Elli Bardas of the following women – Lady Anna Cowen, Barbara Ajzenberg, Hazel Kelly, Genia Janover, Renata Singer, Rahel Vivat, Claire Aghion and Claudine Berman, Nechama Werdiger, Carol Schwartz and Lee Ann Basser.

Curator Juliette Hanson says “It has been a real privilege to meet the women whose experiences are at the heart of this exhibition. They all have amazing life-stories and such varied perspectives on their role as grandmothers and on the role of women more broadly. This exhibition provides a warm reminder of how strong grandmothers can be, what they have overcome, and what they continue to give to our community.”

Prepare to be dazzled by this moving, joyful and surprising exhibition. Love & Legacy will elevate the Jewish grandmother to the status she well deserves – leaders of our community, givers of life and knowledge, powerful supporters of family and loved ones. So celebrate your grandmother, and join us for this heartfelt exhibition, honouring our bubbes, our bubbies, our savtas, our nannas and our grandmas.

Cost: No bookings required. Free open day celebrating the launch of Love & Legacy

Jewish Museum of Australia (JMA)
Address: 26 Alma Road
Post: PO Box 117, St Kilda 3182
Website: www.jewishmuseum.com.au

Part of the Multicultural Museums Victoria 'Grandmothers' project

VAWSU | INVITATION | Victory Day Celebration | and | LAUNCH | No-one Forgotten, Nothing Forgotten | 9 May 2018 | 6pm

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Celebrate the cessation of military conflict and witness personal stories from turbulent times. 

Films are based on the true stories of the Second World War veterans, living among us today.

Victory Day Celebration Concert featuring Alan Kogosowski, Vered Harel, Rada Tochalna and many more…

Where: Glen Eira Town Hall

Cost: Free

Victorian Association of World War II Veterans from the Ex-Soviet Union (VAWSU)

Supported by NCJWA, ANZAC Centenary and State Government Victoria

UNVESAKVIC18 | COMMEMORATION | Modern-day Multicultural Celebration of the Buddha’s Birth Enlightenment and Passing | Saturday 12 May 2018

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Join Buddhists and friends from around Victoria, Australia and the world to celebrate one of the most important days in the Buddhist Calendar. Commemorate together the Buddha’s universal peace message for the world.

SANGHA DANA | Arrive 9.45am for 10am
Lunch Offering to Buddhist Monks and Nuns
Where: St Peters Eastern Hill Anglican Church Hall, 15 Gisborne Street, East Melbourne

Free vegetarian lunch packs available.
Traditional Drummers, Buddha Floats, Flags, Lanterns, the colours of Victoria’s Buddhist Community
Where: Assembling at Parliament Gardens Reserve, corner Nicholson Street Extension (opp Her Majesty’s) & Albert Streets, East Melbourne. Public car parking nearby. Opp Parliament Station. Walk Spring Street and Collins Street to Melbourne Town Hall

COMMEMORATION | 1.30-3.30pm
• Veneration of Buddha Relics
• Chanting & Blessing from various Buddhist Traditions and languages
• One Community
Guided Meditation
• Interfaith Messages
Where: Melbourne Town Hall, corner Swanston & Collins Streets

Cost: Free

Victorian United Nations Day of Vesak Inc (UNVesakVIC18)

This event has been kindly sponsored by the Victorian Multicultural Commission, City of Melbourne and other kind donors.

PPLS | AUTHOR TALK | Yvonne Fein: Choose Somebody Else | Thursday 17 May 2018 | 6.30-7.30pm

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Join Yvonne Fein, author and daughter of holocaust survivors, as she discusses her enthralling, entertaining and compelling collection of short stories redolent of the great Yiddish storytelling traditions in tone and style.

The author will be appearing in conversation with author and teacher Lee Kofman.

Where: St Kilda Library, 150 Carlisle Street, St Kilda Vic 3182

Cost: Free

Bookings: online through EventBrite

City of Port Phillip Council
Port Phillip Library Service (PPLS)
Tel: 9209 6655
Email: library@portphillip.vic.gov.au
Website: https://library.portphillip.vic.gov.au/Home

REAU | CELEBRATING | National Reconciliation Week | 27 May – 3 June

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National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey— the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision respectively.

Reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds and actions of all Australians as we move forward, creating a nation strengthened by respectful relationships between the wider Australian community, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The theme for NRW 2018 is Don’t Keep History a Mystery.

This year, we invite Australians to Learn, Share, and Grow – by exploring our past, learning more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures, and developing a deeper understanding of our national story.

Make reconciliation part of your story, and your future.

Reconciliation Australia (REAU)
Website: https://www.reconciliation.org.au/national-reconciliation-week/