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$150,000 commitment from Labor to new House of World Cultures

BY Jade Ouk | 24-Nov-2014
The Labor Party announced today, Friday 21 November 2014, that they will commit $150,000 to Multicultural Arts Victoria’s House of World Cultures, a new venue to be established on Princes Pier, Port Melbourne, dedicated to ensuring innovation and diversity in Victoria’s arts and culture and tourism sectors.

Shadow Minister for the Arts, Martin Foley, joined Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Multicultural Affairs, Telmo Languiller to make the announcement, in the presence of artists and local community members and stakeholders including Chair of Multicultural Arts Victoria Stefan Romaniw OAM, alongside Ross Barnett and Eddie Micallef, CEO and Chairperson of the Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria respectively. If elected into parliament, the Labor Party’s $150,000 commitment will go towards the feasibility study for the House of World Cultures, which Labor believes is the best proposal for the Princes Pier site in Port Melbourne, providing a sustainable and innovative use of the space that will boost Victoria’s creative economy and tourism.

“A House of World Cultures will ensure Victoria is at the forefront of social cohesion and cultural democracy and create international links” - Mr Telmo Languiller, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Multicultural Affairs

The House of World Cultures is proposed at Princes Pier, Port Melbourne, not least because it is the significant entry point where almost half of the 180,000 post World War II refugees to Australia arrived. It celebrates the pivotal role the Port Melbourne piers precinct played from 1915 to 1969 in Victoria’s growth and as a gateway to the diversity of cultures that enrich our community. The House of World Cultures is proposed as a permanent creative cultural hub on Princes Pier that will celebrate Victoria’s rich history of migration and new diversity today in an immersive, multisensory way through the arts.

It is critical that the arts reflect our diversity and the House of World Cultures will ensure that the state of Victoria is at the forefront of social cohesion and cultural democracy, in addition to providing international engagement and the opportunity to build the arts in Victoria by nurturing our exceptional and culturally diverse artists and communities.

Multicultural Arts Victoria (MAV) is a not for profit that has evolved over four decades into one of Australia's most important bodies for development and promotion of culturally and linguistically diverse contemporary art, heritage and cultural expression. Over 800,000 participants each year are engaged in MAV’s innovative, educational and culturally rich program. MAV also provides crucial advice and significant initiatives for career development and creative capacity building for artists and communities from established and emerging backgrounds. The organisation can provide expertise in audience development, community engagement and artistic excellence in CALD communities.