• Happy Australia Day!

    Open Forum     |      January 5, 2014

    26 January is the anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet from Great Britain in 1788. Today Australia Day not only marks this historic event though. It’s a day to reflect and look ahead, be proud of what we have achieved as a nation while not forgetting our shortcomings.

  • Join the party

    Open Forum     |      January 3, 2014

    Sydney celebrates again this January. The Sydney Festival offers a diversity of international visual and performing arts, coming together in an exciting flurry of artistic activity.

  • Year in review 2013

    Svetlana Stankovic     |      December 23, 2013

    I would to thank you, the Open Forum community, for all the support you have shown throughout 2013. As readers and bloggers you play a major role in shaping the content of this website.

  • Food to nourish the body and soul

    Lisa Goldberg     |      November 29, 2013

    More than seven years ago, six women sat down to gather recipes that tell the story of their community. Lisa Goldberg shares memories – and a delicious recipe – from her sisterhood, the ‘Monday Morning Cooking Club’.

  • The Australian love affair with all things French

    Sharon Stratford     |      November 28, 2013

    Australia has embraced French culture in many ways. Sharon Stratford from French Desire explores the growing affinity with France and its influence on Australia.

  • Coming together as a nation

    Alok Ralhan     |      November 26, 2013

    As a nation we are becoming more multicultural. Alok Ralhan urges Australians to build on common interests instead of focussing on differences that may hold us back.

  • A home for Brisbane’s multicultural community

    Jeannie Mok     |      November 25, 2013

    The Multicultural Community Centre in Brisbane has re-opened its doors. Director Jeannie Mok invites the public to be part of the centre’s mission to support our multicultural communities.

  • The Importance of Cultural Exposure

    Laurence Strano     |      November 15, 2013

    Getting access to different cultures is important in appreciating the positive aspects our multicultural society has to offer. Laurence Strano shares his experiences in a life-long exposure to a multitude of cultures.

  • On ‘How are you’ and ‘Good thanks’

    Ina Thiel     |      November 8, 2013

    Speaking another language isn’t just about memorising a range of words, but also about challenging your values and expanding your culture. Ina Thiel talks about conversations in supermarkets and growing as an individual and consequently a society.

  • Multiculturalism in Australia the road to success

    Pino Migliorino     |      November 6, 2013

    Significant advancements in the multicultural landscape as well as some of the most divisive debates have been seen in recent years. Pino Migliorino from FECCA (Federation of Ethnic Communities Council of Australia) raises some of the key issues being addressed at their multicultural conference.

  • Multiculturalism is who we are

    David Morris     |      November 3, 2013

    According to recent surveys, multiculturalism is endorsed by the vast majority of Australians. David Morris is optimistic about Australia’s diverse culture, if we nurture and strengthen our common values and identity.

  • Celebrate Australia’s cultural heritage

    Open Forum     |      October 31, 2013

    From 14 to 24 November 2013, over 11 days and nights, leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, writers, dancers and musicians will showcase their creativity and share their stories.