Tasneem Chopra. Photo: ANDREW PERRYMAN

As part of the the Zinda Festival this year a community human rights forum asks the question “but where are you really from?”
The City of Greater Bendigo is putting on the event next week in partnership with Loddon Campaspe Multicultural Services.
Council’s Steven Abbott said the forum will provide an opportunity for the local community to come together to discuss the importance of multiculturalism and human rights for a more liveable and inclusive city.
“It will also provide a platform for local businesses and community organisations to discuss, question and understand the importance of recognising and accepting multiculturalism and culture in Bendigo as a human right,” Mr Abbott said.
“Our keynote speaker is Tasneem Chopra a renowned curator, consultant, author and prominent activist around diversity identity, racism and human rights.”
The forum will also feature a smoking ceremony and welcome to country, a presentation by mayor Margaret O’Rourke as well as a panel discussion which will include the Victorian Multicultural Commissioner Sonia Vignjevic and federal member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters and members of the local community.
LCMS executive officer Kate McInnes said LCMS is very pleased to be part of the human rights
“This is the first event of the Zinda Festival and it will be an opportunity for the community to come together, learn and discuss issues of human rights and cultural diversity,” Ms McInnes said.
The forum is sponsored by council and is free to attend. Registrations are essential and can be made at zinda.org.au by Tuesday, March 13.
The event is on Friday, March 16 at Ulumbarra Theatre from 5.30pm to 7.30pm.