Common thread of humanity

Claire Armstrong, Tania Sacco, Judith Graley and Dena Aljamal at the launch of the multicultural quilt.

A multicultural quilt that bound together the work of more than 300 people from 30 cultural groups has been launched at Bunjil Place.

The four-square metre work featured a sun-lit dancer ringed by 31 cultural symbols representing Casey community groups.

It was designed to express the ‘common thread’ of humanity.

Fittingly, the quilt was celebrated with performances from dancers and singers from Uruguay, Bosnia, India, Mauritius and Chile.

Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott, artist Dena Aljamal, embroider Claire Armstrong and Hampton Park Community House manager Tania Succo took part in a Q&A.

Narre Warren South MP Judith Couacaud Graley, who hosted the 5 May launch, said the quilt connected people.

“No matter where you are from you’ll find something that you connect with in the quilt.

“I was thrilled to see the hard work of so many different people come together for a fantastic result.”

Aljamal earlier told Star News that the dancer centrepiece to the quilt was something of a universal language, linking all of the 30 featured groups.

“I wanted something to satisfy everyone.

“It’s nice that in Australia we have this harmony between each other.”

The project was granted $5000 by the State Government.

 

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