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The challenges and opportunities of community celebrations that value diversity and foster unity: Beyond ‘spaghetti and polka’

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There is an interplay between celebrations that value the individual, foster connection with others like oneself, those that seek to value diversity across communities and those that identify with the whole-of-community in ways that respect individual diversity. This article explores the contribution of celebrations towards valuing diversity and the importance of celebrations that are responsive to the dynamic, multidimensional nature of communities. It draws on doctoral research reviewing contemporary festivals held around Australia. Arguments are made for the consideration of celebrations that enable a shared experience and celebrate each individual’s uniqueness.

Keywords: celebrations; community cultural development; diversity; festivals; multicultural; unity

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Diversity Health, Prince of Wales Hospital

Publication date: 2012-05-04

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  • The Journal of Arts and Communities seeks to provide a critical examination of the practices known as community or participatory arts, encompassing a field of work defined for this purpose as incorporating active creative ollaboration between artists and people in a range of communities.The journal will take a cross-artform and interdisciplinary approach,including work happening in performance, visual arts and media,writing, multimedia and collaboration involving digital technology and associated forms. In part this will create an archive that will document work which can otherwise be ephemeral
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