Celebrating, sharing, and preserving culture is vital for all communities, especially those that have migrated to another country.
Greater Shepparton is well known for being a town where people have settled for many decades. Cultural heritage is made up of many elements including language, food, clothing, music, and celebration events. It is essential to preserve cultural heritage so that people maintain their identity.
We welcome and encourage all members of the African communities in Greater Shepparton to use St Paul’s African House facility and organisation to assist in the celebration and preservation of their cultural heritage.
As part of the project, the African Focus team engaged with both African and Non-African stakeholders about the key areas of interest to explored in a survey.
The concept for the festival is to showcase African cultures to the Shepparton community, break down barriers of fear, mistrust, and racism and inform the community that Africa is not one but 54 countries and Africans are not all the same but come from diverse cultural, linguistic and religious backgrounds.
Culture – Past Programs
Heard Instinct is a contemporary creative movement of young people from First Nations, Pasifika, and African backgrounds living in Yorta Yorta country in Shepparton, Numurkah, and Echuca. A series of workshops were held to develop skills in songwriting and to collaboratively write new songs with the options of recording and performing the new works they created.
Circus Sisi Wote is a partnership between Westside Circus and St Paul’s African House that began in 2017.