Culture & Nature Festival 2021

Celebrate Victoria's diverse multicultural traditions and nature connection at the EcoCentre's Culture & Nature Festival 2021! A series of FREE digital events will showcase diverse nature-linked customs and stories through cooking, gardening, environmental stewardship, and multilingual nature experiences from home.

All events are free! BOOK BELOW

First Nations Connection to Nature
Wednesday, 1:00 - 2:00 PM
Connect to the traditional lands of the Kulin and learn the lore of Bunjil to look after Country

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Classic recipes from China
Wednesday, 6:00 - 6:45 PM
Cooking demo: 西红柿炒蛋 (tomato fried eggs)

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Baykeepers watch party
Wednesday, 7:00 - 7:30 PM
Screening of Baykeepers short documentary with English, Spanish and Chinese simplified subtitles

Multilingual online snorkeling
Thursday, 1:00 - 2:00 PM
Hear stories of snorkeling Port Phillip Bay, in English and Mandarin

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Classic recipes from Greece
Thursday, 6:00 - 6:45 PM
Cooking demo: Xorta (Greek greens)

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Our Nature Connections
Thursday, 7:00 - 8:00 PM
Old and new nature traditions, featuring MC Bhakthi Puvanenthiran (ABC Everyday), Dean Stewart (Aboriginal cultural educator), Neil Blake OAM, Jonathan Law and Sharron Hunter

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Multilingual online snorkeling
Friday, 1:00 - 2:00 PM
Hear stories of snorkeling Port Phillip Bay, in English and Hindi

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Classic recipes from Brazil
Friday, 6:00 - 6:45 PM
Cooking demo: Feijão Tropeiro (Tropeiro beans)

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Taking action! Our Catchment premier screening + Q&A
Friday, 7:00 - 7:45 PM
Get inspired to take action to protect Melbourne waterways

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Garden like your grandparents
Saturday, 10:00 - 11:00 AM
The old ways we like to pass on and new traditions we create in the garden

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Nature with Julie, ATLAS Lord Somers Camp showcase
Saturday, 11:30 - 12:15 PM
Julie shares stories from Syria and how ATLAS connects young refugees and migrants to Australian nature

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Zero waste tips from the world
Saturday, 1:00 - 2:00 PM
Zero waste tricks and traditions from around the world

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Connect to Nature From Home
Below are some activities and resources to help you connect to nature while you're at home.

HelloNature
Write a letter to nature, your favorite tree or a local animal. Send it to HelloNature@ecocentre.com to receive a personal reply from Mother Nature!

Nature Cards
Explore local nature with these picture cards of our favourite birds and flowers. Available in Easy English, Deutsche, Español, HindiBahasa Indonesia, Bahasa Melayu and Português.

The Bottom of the Bay
Produced by students from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Find out about marine 'ecosystem engineers' that helps keep a healthy Bay! We'd also love for you to fill in a survey to provide feedback to the students.

 
 

WATCH ON DEMAND: no bookings necessary!
Discover Port Phillip Bay through our Baykeepers short films! Subtitles are available in nine community languages, thanks to the help of our volunteers: Chinese (traditional), Chinese (simplified), French, German, Hindi, Portuguese, Spanish, Urdu and Vietnamese.

Baykeepers: Time of Chaos
Humans have long been entrusted to protect Nairm (Port Phillip Bay). N'arweet Carolyn Briggs, Boon Wurrung Elder, shares the Time of Chaos story which tells how Nairm was formed and why we must continue to protect it.

Baykeepers: Beauty of our Bay
There are more endemic species below the surface of Port Phillip Bay than there are in the Great Barrier Reef - but the beauty of our Bay is under threat from plastic pollution.


Culture & Nature Festival 2021 is funded by the Victorian Government Multicultural Festivals and Events Program.

Boon Wurrung Foundation Logo The EcoCentre acknowledges the Kulin Nations, including the Yalukut Weelam clan of the Boon Wurrung language group, traditional owners of the land on which we are located. We pay respects to their Elders past and present, and extend that respect to other Aboriginal and Elder members of our multicultural community.