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Multicultural

The City of Marion celebrates its culturally, linguistically and religiously diverse communities.

Marion supports and works in partnership with culturally diverse people and organisations to deliver community cultural development projects, programs and events.

Cultural landmarks

Marion is home to two significant cultural landmarks including the Shri Ganesha Hindu Temple in Oaklands Park and the Islamic Mosque in Park Holme.

Multicultural programs

City of Marion offers a range of multicultural programs including:

Community grants program

Culturally and religiously diverse communities are encouraged to view the grants programs and speak to the Community Grants Officer about applying.

Staff participate in relevant networks to support understanding of issues facing new arrivals and other multicultural communities.

Citizenship ceremonies

Citizenship candidates take the pledge of allegiance to Australia and are officially pronounced Australian Citizens. The City of Marion hosts approximately five ceremonies per year.

Marion library service 

Our libraries offers languages other than the English collection including books, newspapers, DVD's and CD's. It also offers online languages courses with over 80 languages to select from.

Neighbourhood centres

Neighbourhood Centres offer English Language classes, New Arrival programs and Adult Community Education Courses for migrants.

Home and Community Care

Home and Community Care have translated information and use of interpreters.

Harmony Day

The Living in Harmony initiative is designed to challenge all Australians to take a stand against racism, prejudice and intolerance. Harmony Day is about practising justice, equality, fairness and developing friendship.

It coincides with International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on 21 March each year.

Harmony Event 2022

Celebrate the spirit of Harmony Week by joining us at an interfaith forum at the Domain Theatre, Wednesday 23 March, 7pm – 8:30pm. Expert speakers will be discussing the commonalities between Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and the Baha’i Faith in the spirit of Harmony.

This forum promotes respectful intercultural relationships and social cohesion, by raising awareness about what diverse faiths have in common, as well as some unique differences.

The event promotes positive messages about intercultural and interfaith communication and collaboration.

Harmony Celebrations 2021

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The Ganesha Temple was open to the community in March at this special event to celebrate social and religious harmony. Participants enjoyed a tour of this unique cultural landmark in Marion where they learnt about the history, art, and architecture. They enjoyed classical music and dance performances, specialist speakers and a short video. The event was booked out.

Marion in Harmony Exhibition

Marion In Harmony Booklet Web

Marion in Harmony is a photographic portraiture exhibition highlighting twenty individuals from culturally diverse backgrounds to celebrate cultural harmony, and to explore their connection to Marion's community.

The exhibition can be seen at Glandore and Trott Park Community Centre's.

The exhibition provides an insight into how and why people connect to their community through unique photographic portraits and personal statements by each participant. A booklet was produced in conjunction with the exhibition capturing personal stories and experiences about themes which are important for contributing meaning and a sense of belonging to their lives.

The exhibition was launched in the Chambers Gallery and was an opportunity for participants to share the experience with family, friends and visitors.

Participant feedback

"It was an amazing experience to be part of this project which promotes cultural diversity and creates connection beyond language and culture. It was nice to see community members from various backgrounds standing as one to celebrate various different cultures who come together to celebrate multiculturalism.
I would like to thank City of Marion to take this initiative and to staff for organising it. It was an overwhelming experience watching all the beautiful cultures together and sharing their knowledge and experience of being part of the community."

Community connection guide

Community Connections is a guide which was developed by seven Councils, including the City of Marion, and the Australian Refugee Association in 2007.

It aims to assist new arrivals and people who are unfamiliar with written English to understand the role of Councils and the services Councils provide.

The booklet is also a useful tool for students and residents to get a good overview about the role of Local Government.

Download the guide

Refugee friendly declaration

On the 26 August 2003, Marion Council declared the City of Marion a Refugee Friendly City, supported and endorsed by the Refugee Council of Australia.

This Declaration is a commitment in spirit to welcoming refugees into our community, upholding the human rights of refugees, demonstrating compassion for refugees and enhancing cultural and religious diversity in our community.

The City of Marion supports the Australian Refugee Association's Scholarship Program. The program supports refugees to participate in education programs.

For more information visit the Australian Refugee Association South Australia website.

For further information about the most recent 2017 Census Demographics on cultural diversity in Marion.

Celebrating Refugee Week 2022: Scattered People

Join us on Sunday 19 June at Marion Cultural Centre from 2pm-4pm to witness the courage, character, and hope through the screening of the Award Winning film Scattered People, a live music performance by the Nava Ensemble and Guest Speaker, Deb Stringer, CEO Australian Refugee Association Inc.

Be inspired by the resilient spirit of displaced people around the globe during this Refugee Week celebration.

Scattered People is a story of restitution and hope, of shared humanity and the role music can play in forging bonds of friendship and respect and giving voice to otherwise unsung heroes. It features interviews with music icons including Missy Higgins, John Butler, Archie Roach, Michael Franti, Katie Noonan, Dan Sultan, Baker Boy, Harry James Angus and more. Please note: Scattered People is rated M.

For more information go to: www.scatteredpeoplefilm.org

Nava Ensemble is a group of local Iranian musicians in Adelaide performing Persian classical music. All of Nava’s performers have been taught by the masters of music back in Iran and still follow their passion for Persian traditional music.

Contact details

Cultural Development Officer

For urgent matters that require after-hours service, please phone 8375 6666.