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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.

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 Events

Bridging Cultures - Music & Dance Cultural Fusion

An evening of music and dance where traditional practice informs contemporary culture with exciting new artistic collaborations from respected artists who have performed across Australia and internationally was enjoyed by a sold out theatre.

Shamisen performer Noriko Tadano collaborates with Didgeridoo player Allen Edwards Senior, fusing Japanese culture with rich indigenous heritage. Noriko is an award-winning, virtuoso master of the Japanese shamisen (a 3-string, banjo-like instrument) and a traditional Japanese vocalist. Her performance has been described as virtuosic shamisen rock/ pop.

Casa de Flamenco and Southern Cross Tango have teamed up to create a unique performance for this evening, blending authentic Argentine Tango with the rhythm and passion of Flamenco. Experience dynamic Flamenco dance, guitar and percussion with the mesmerising and romantic movements of Tango.

Saturday 23 March, 7pm
Marion Cultural Centre

Past Events

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Harmony 2023 was celebrated with a diverse multicultural music and dance spectacular for all ages with 40 performers entertaining an enthusiastic audience at the sold out show!

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In the spirit of cultural and religious harmony, the Islamic Society of SA invited people to step inside the Marion Mosque and learn about the history, functions and Islamic faith in this special community event.

Interfaith Forum WEB

An interfaith forum was held in 2022 with expert speakers discussing the commonalities between Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and the Baha’i Faith.

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The Ganesha Temple was open to the community in 2021 at this special event to celebrate social and religious harmony.

Marion in Harmony Exhibition

Marion in Harmony was 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 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.

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 2021 Census Demographics on cultural diversity in Marion.

Contact details

Cultural Development Officer

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