Celebrating people and cultures
Celebrating diversity – and making all residents feel welcome – is very important to the City of Belmont. This means the City looks for ways to:
- Show respect and support for cultural, religious and linguistic differences;
- Share experiences and acknowledge the benefits diversity brings;
- Face any challenging issues which could stand in the way of becoming a more inclusive and connected community.
Our multicultural community at a glance
- More than 40% of people living in the City of Belmont report being born overseas;
- 63 languages are spoken within the City;
- More than 29% of residents speak a language other than English at home;
- The number of people in the City who identify as Islamic is more than three times that of the WA average and more than double the national average.
(ABS Census 2016
Our Multicultural City: A Collection of Poems by Students in the City of Belmont
To commemorate World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
on 21 May, in 2017 local students were invited to write poems that would capture their perspective, including their hopes and aspirations, families, culture and traditions.
These poems were collated into a booklet
. Some hard copies of the booklet are available at the Civic Centre front desk and at the Ruth Faulkner Library.
‘My Story, My Home’ Photographic Project
To commemorate United Nations Day
on 24 October, the City of Belmont in partnership with World Press Photo Perth and the students at Australian Islamic College launched a photographic exhibition called 'My Story, My Home' in 2016. The exhibition aimed to combat stereotypes and show the community the diversity and common connections within, between and across the Muslim and wider community.
Students shared their stories about multiculturalism online
and the City also collated them into a booklet
Programs and Events
The City offers a range of programs and events throughout the year to celebrate and embrace its diverse community.
Women's Multicultural Friendship Group
The Women’s Multicultural Friendship Group is a safe space to share stories and make new friends. The group meets on a weekly basis for morning tea, often accompanied by various activities such as arts and crafts, cooking, or visits by guest presenters.
If you live or work in the City of Belmont, join the Women’s Multicultural Friendship group to prioritise connection and community in your week!
The group meets every Friday during school term from 10am to 11:30am at Belmont Resource Centre, 39 Elizabeth Street, Cloverdale.
Harmonise Cultural Festival
This outdoor event is held in March to coincide with Harmony Week, a celebration of multiculturalism in Australia. The festival highlights the wonderful diversity within the City of Belmont with cultural performances, music, activities and cuisines.
You will find details of this and other events on the City’s Events Calendar
For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
or phone the City on 9477 7219.
City of Belmont Food Safari
Through food, participants were able to learn about different cultures, cuisines and share their unique experiences.
The Food Safari program will introduce a different cuisine every 3 months, led by diverse home cooks and Chefs.
Flavours from all over the world are shared, along with stories from the Chef with opportunity to engage in cultural conversations inviting awareness, understanding and an appreciation of the City’s diverse community.
The events highlight the Racism. It Stops With Me. campaign, which invites us to ask ourselves important questions about the role of racism in shaping society, the way we see ourselves and how we interact with one other.
If you are a passionate home cook or chef, and are keen to share your culture with the community, we would love to hear from you.
To learn more about the program, please contact Economics and Community Development Team on 9477 7453 or email email@example.com
Learn more about Racism. It Stops With Me.