The Albury-Wodonga Ethnic Communities Council (AWECC), a charity that advocates for local ethnic communities, has announced two community music programs to round out its 2017 calendar.
The first is a series of drumming workshops to be conducted by the Ezou Family Drummers, which will give participants the opportunity to learn the basics of West African reggae and discover the rich culture from which it emerges. To start on 11 November and take place fortnightly, the workshops cover the djembe drum, thumb bell, banana bell and shekere (shaker). People of all ages and all levels of experience are welcome. The first two sessions are free and, after that, they cost $5 per person. More details are available on this page.
The second is a music video project titled THAT GIRL (Wodonga), which aims to develop bonds between multicultural communities and raise awareness about violence against women. Participation is open to members of the Indian and Bhutanese communities, who will learn a Bollywood dance sequence, to be recorded on video and published on YouTube. The event will create opportunities for open conversation about gender equality, cultural diversity and violence against women. An information session for THAT GIRL (Wodonga) will be held on 2 December.
The AWECC was established in 2014, after the Wodonga City Council received funding via the Peak Multicultural Organisations Grants Program, run by the Victorian Government Department of Premier and Cabinet’s Office of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship. The charity’s “purpose is to advocate for the needs and interests of local ethnic communities, ensuring that these communities have equitable access to services and opportunities to participate fully in life here on the Border.”