Identity and Culture
14.2 % of 5 year old children in Cockburn and 18.7 % of 5 year old children in Kwinana spoke English as a second language. 7.1 % of children in Cockburn and 8.9% were born in another country (AEDC)
Harmony week events
Our cultural diversity is one of our strengths and is the heart of who we are, making Australia such a great place to live. We ran two events over Harmony Week in March and invited families from across our community to join us and share their cultures, as well as learn about other cultures that make up our diverse community.
Sharing Stories Project
Sharing Stories is an exciting initiative that builds community connections, celebrates diversity, and promotes early literacy. Collaborating with The State Library of WA, Multicultural Futures and Meerilinga, community members have translated the book "Baby Ways" into an array of different languages.
Long Table Lunches
Held every quarter in different locations across Cockburn and open to everyone in the community. Our long table lunches provide an opportunity for community members, and their children, to come together and build connections across the Cockburn community whilst learning about different cultures and cultural practices. Everyone who attends is asked to bring a dish to share that has special meaning to them or their culture.
Multicultural Clothes Party
Families of all cultures were invited to join us in celebrating the many cultures that make up our vibrant community on Saturday 5 September. Attendees wore their traditional clothes, brought a plate of food to share and met other families from the community. The free event celebrated Kwinana’s rich cultural diversity with plenty of fun entertainment to join in with, including multicultural parades and performances, cultural food tasting, multicultural games and children’s activities. Read more here
Celebrate Culture Cockburn
International cuisine, multicultural performances, live music and children’s cultural activities transformed the CRC Cockburn into a cultural hub on Sunday 1 November 2020 at the Celebrating Culture in Cockburn event. Families from across Cockburn took in sights, sounds and tastes from around the globe as they basked in the Cockburn community spirit and celebrated the many cultures that make up the vibrant Cockburn community. Read more here
That was my Home Events
‘That was my home’ are a series of thought-provoking events celebrating the community’s rich history and diverse cultures. Community members from our Celebrate Culture Group lead the events, and invite a series of representatives to perform, inspire and educate the wider community.
The aim of the events is for community members to learn about different cultures, history and traditions through food demonstrations, art and craft, dancing, costumes, and the sharing of stories. Each event showcases a different culture.