Global Fiesta Week

Global Fiesta celebrated Cultural Diversity week 15-21 March, 2021. Community groups shared and celebrated their culture in the Box Hill Mall daily. There was also free pop-up entertainment including performances and demonstrations.

Due to COVID-19 and the limitations around large gatherings we did not host our annual multicultural event in Box Hill Gardens. Instead, smaller pop-up activities were spread across the week in Box Hill Mall. 

This year we celebrated cultural diversity and what makes Whitehorse so unique. 

You were able to see and taste the world right here in Box Hill. 

For more info or learn more about how to get involved you email - global.fiesta@whitehorse.vic.gov.au.

Who are we?

Whitehorse is one Victoria’s most culturally diverse municipalities – almost 40 per cent of us were born overseas and among us we represent 160 cultures and speak more than 100 languages. - We are a multicultural community - that's worth celebrating!

But that’s not the whole story. The traditional custodians of this country – the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung people – have lived on this land for millennia and belong to the oldest living and continuous culture on Earth.

We are a complex and fascinating community and there’s so much to learn about who we are and what we mean to one another. What’s your story?

Welcoming

International students are important members of our diverse community. Sadly, many have returned home due to COVID-19.

We look forward to welcoming them back soon. Students in Whitehorse come from all around the world, adding another dimension to our multicultural community.

Some end up staying on, using their Australian qualifications to contribute in new ways.

Stronger together

The people of Whitehorse all want to belong. We all value our parks and open spaces, having a safe place to raise our families or enjoy our retirement.

We are free to be ourselves but we’re a stronger, smarter, kinder and more prosperous community when we work together. During the 2020 lockdowns, our community was resilient, we supported each other, and we did well.

Thanks to the many who reached out to help their neighbour – it made all the difference.

Images from 2019 event