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NGV Triennial

Free and exclusive to Melbourne, the NGV Triennial will showcase major works by more than 100 artists and designers from 32 countries across all four levels of NGV International.

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Sakura Picnic Day at Banksia Park

This community event will showcase Japanese cultural performances, traditional tea ceremony, martial arts demonstrations, activities for children and facilitated nature play activities amongst a mature cherry tree grove donated to Victoria by the Government of Japan.

Date: Sunday 15 October

Time: 11:00am ~ 2:00pm

Cost: Entry by gold coin donation

Bring along your picnic and enjoy the day under the beautiful blossom.

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Languages don’t all have the same number of terms for colors – scientists ask why?

People with standard vision can see millions of distinct colors. But human language categorizes these into a small set of words. In an industrialized culture, most people get by with 11 color words: black, white, red, green, yellow, blue, brown, orange, pink, purple and gray. That’s what we have in American English.

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Why students are turning away from learning foreign languages

Foreign language learning in Australia is in serious decline, as we are well into the second decade of the so-called Asian Century.

About 40 per cent of students studied a foreign language in the 1960s. That number is now closer to 10 per cent, including students who are native speakers of a language other than English.

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BEFA's 3rd Multicultural Kitchen

BEFA is hosting our third Multicultural Kitchen on Saturday, 2 Sept 2017.  Join us for some delicious food from around the world and make some new friends.  All are welcome.  Please bring a plate or donate.  There will be activities for the children.  For more info, please contact Stella at info@befa.org.au

Saturday, 2 Sept 2017
12 - 2 pm
Birralee Primary School Hall
Heyington Ave, Doncaster

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SBS National Languages Competition

What is the SBS National Languages Competition?

The SBS National Languages Competition 2017 is an exciting initiative to encourage and celebrate a love of learning languages in Australia. It’s a nationwide competition to engage school children and reflect on the cultural, linguistic and ethnic diversity of Australia's multicultural society.

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Mirror of the world: books and ideas

Discover stunning artwork alongside powerful words in this visual feast for book-lovers.

Recent acquisitions and new stories are featured each year in this special exhibition, revealing different aspects of the Library’s Rare Books collection, and showcasing rare and significant works that trace the history of book design from medieval manuscripts to comics.

From 7 October 2016, the exhibition features 281 new items on display, dating from 2050 BC to the present day.

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NAIDOC

Koolin ngargee. Celebrate Aboriginal culture and language during NAIDOC week on the ancestral lands of the Koolin people at Melbourne Gardens.

Location
Royal Botanic Gardens
Alexandra Avenue
Melbourne VIC 3004
Meet at the Visitor Centre

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The beautiful languages of the people who talk like birds

Their unusual whistled speech may reveal what humanity’s first words sounded like.

If you are ever lucky enough to visit the foothills of the Himalayas, you may hear a remarkable duet ringing through the forest. To the untrained ear, it might sound like musicians warming up a strange instrument. In reality, the enchanting melody is the sound of two lovers talking in a secret, whistled language.

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