Multicultural talent set to flourish

AN innovative program that connects Tasmanian multicultural performers with the broader community has now been launched by the Migrant Resource Centre (southern Tasmania).

Funded by the Tasmanian Government’s Communities, Sport and Recreation, the ‘Inspire’ program will enable both new and established community members to promote, negotiate and manage their own paid and voluntary cultural performances.

MRC settlement and community services manager Catherine Doran said the program supported, celebrated and showcased the best of Tasmania’s multicultural talent.

“Inspire performers are talented individuals and groups of multicultural musicians, dancers and public speakers who have been selected for their exceptional cultural skills and their ability to deliver professional performances in a range of settings,” she said.

As part of the program, performers have participated in a range of training to refine their performance skills with the support of MRC case, youth and bicultural workers.

Mithun Bacheval, a migrant from a small village in Southern India, will be featured on the Inspire website as a public speaker.

Mr Bacheval said he was passionate about speaking to Tasmanian youth about topics such as peace, kindness, humanity and leadership.

“I would like to inspire young people by sharing stories from other parts of the world,” he said.

“I feel that Tasmanian children are very lucky to have so many resources in their reach – they have the power to create a big, positive change in this world.”

Tasmanian businesses, local and state government, schools and community members will now be able to book professional multicultural performers through the website at www.inspiretasmania.org.

Caption: The Karen Choir Hobart. Most of the choir members have resettled in Hobart as refugees after escaping the civil war in Burma.