Federation of indian associations of act (finact) Inc
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Dear Visitor ji,
Since 1996 when it started the National Multicultural Festival has been the biggest occasion on Canberra’s event landscape. Initially the festival was a one-day event, eventually moving to a 2-week Festival. Over the course of the last 21 years it has developed into the 3-day Festival it is now, which provides an opportunity not only to Canberrans and other Australians but to international visitors alike, to celebrate the diversity in Canberra over one weekend for what is one of the biggest celebrations of cultural diversity across Australia.
This year, we have 13 showcases and performance areas to give festival spectators an opportunity to delve into the food and traditions of nations across the globe
Keeping the traditions FINACT will showcase the ‘Unity in diversity’ through its stall titled ‘Best of India’ at Stall No B46 on Sunday 19 February 2017 and will be the hub for the information related all of its member associations participating in the festival.
Everyone is invited to come to 'Share our similarities, celebrate our differences.'
Please find below events presented by member associations.
In this newsletter:
Participation by FINACT & Member Associations in the National Multicultural Festival 2017
ACT Telangana Association - Food Stall F48 - 49 all 3 days
ACT Telangana Association will be running a food stall at F48-49 on Fri 16, Sat 18 and Sun 19 February 2017.
ACTTA is pleased to invite community members to visit the food stall at the National Multicultural Festival.
We will be offering authentic Hyderabadi food and information about Telangana culture. Canberra – we look forward to seeing you at the Festival this weekend!
Australian Tamil Society - Performance at Stage 2 on Sat 18 February
Australian Tamil Cultural Society of ACT will stage a medley of popular songs and dance from Indian films within Indian in The City (IITC) at Stage 2 between 8-8.30pm on 18 Feb 2017.
Where: Stage 2
When: 8pm - 8:30pm on Sat 18 Feb
Bengali Cultural Association - Food Stall A30 on Sat 18 February
Bengali Cultural Association (Canberra) Incorporated Bengali food stall at Bunda St - Stall A30 on Saturday 18 February.
Canberra Hindu Mandir - Food Stall at H1 & H2 on Sat 18 Feb
Canberra Hindu Mandir is holding a food stall on 18 February 2017 at the National Multicultural Festival. We are selling vegetarian food to raise funds for the proposed temple in Gungahlin. They will sell vegetarian food. the stall number is H1 and H2 and it's is at the corner of Genge Street and Bunda Street in City. The details are as below:
Date - Saturday 18 February 2017 Time - 10:00 AM onwards till Late
Stall Numbers - H1 and H2
Where - corner of Genge Street and Bunda Street in City
Please come along with your family and friends and make this event a success and help raise funds for your temple coming up in Gungahlin.
Thank you for your support.
Canberra Punjabi Sports & Cultural Association - Stall C1 - Sun 19 Feb
Punjabis have passion for their rich cultural heritage, as well as their success in integrating into multicultural and diverse societies.
Canberra Punjabi Sports and Cultural Association holding an information stall at Sport Asean Village - Stall C1 on Sunday 19 February.
Canberra Punjabi Sports and cultural Association feel proud to give an introduction to Canberra’s beautiful multicultural society about Punjab and Punjabis.
Canberra Sikh Association - Information Stall H50-51 & Performance
Canberra Sikh Association has booked a stall for Sat 18 February at National Multicultural Festival Canberra City (Civic Square).
CSA volunteers will be distributing free water and soft drinks to the visitors of National Multicultural Festival and also handing over the literature of Sikhism detailing Sikh identity and ideology at Stall H50-51.
When: Sat 18 February
Where: Stall H50-51
In addition to this, CSA will present performance
When:Saturday 18 February 2017 at 5:00PM
What: Gatkaa (Sikh Martial arts)
Where: Stage 2
Integrated Cultures ACT - Information Stall C10 & Performance
Integrated Cultures ACT Inc. (ICACT) has a specific focus network and activities which include the Integrated Women’s Network (IWN), Radio Harmony, and Amarsanskriti (Cultural Heritage). You will find more information on these activities and network at our Stall # C10 on Sunday 19 February 2017.
ICACT has put together a performance of classical, semi-classical and folk dances, which will be presented on 18 February 2017 at Stage 6, from 8.15pm. ICACT and IWN will also have performances on Sunday 19 February 2017 on Stage 7 from 3.30pm.
It gives us great pleasure to invite you to the following events. Hope to see you there.
Performance on Sat 18 February 2017
WHERE: Stage 6 near intersection of Akuna Street and City Walk (near Myers)
WHAT:classical, semi classical, folk dances directed by Dr Abirami Nathan
Performance on Sun 19 February 2017
WHERE: Stage 7 the Sanctuary (Petrie Plaza West on London Circuit end)
WHAT:Karaoke songs by Vaishnavi Muralidharan and live orchestra with vocals by Tejinder Singh
Information Stall on Sun 19 February 2017
Where: Stall C10 (on city walk, opposite Myers and near stage 7)
When: Sunday 19 February 2016 from 10 am – 4 pm
OriOZ (Oriya Association) - Performance on Sat 18 Feb and Rath Yatra
OriOz Canberra invites to join and enjoy the performance of young stars at Stage 6 at 8:45pm on Saturday 18 February 2017 . Special performance by Maharshi Raval and group from Sydney. Supported by Living Bliss.
When: Sat 18 February at 8:45pm
Where: Stage 6
Rath Yatra on Sat 18 February 2017 at 3-6pm near Multicultural Building
The Global Cricket Day at Reid Oval on Sun 19 February
This year the Global Cricket Day will be held on Sunday 19 February, Reid Oval, 10.30am to 1.00pm. The Global Cricket Day is a day for families from all cultures to come together and watch their children participate in cricket for free!
Glonal Cricket Day has been proudly supported by FINACT for over 5 years. It has been well received event every year with very high community participation, especially from ACT Indian diaspora. So please get in and register at the earliest.
A few key highlights are:
Free cricket giveaways
Meet former and current cricket stars
Meet Thor and Storm, Sydney Thunders Mascots
Girls Zone – We would love to see plenty of girls giving cricket a go
Light lunch provided for each participant
Great family day out
Registration details are in the flyer or here is the direct URL.
If you are a member of community and interested in socio-cultural activities, you are also welcome and invited to register with us as a volunteer or simply subscribe to our newsletter and stay informed.
Goulburn Multicultural Festival & Markets on Sat 25 Feb 2017
A full-day program of multicultural performances with many groups including Pacific Island, Asian, South American, European and the touring Botswanan Bushmen of the Kalahari. All on the big stage with multicultural food and market stalls that fill Belmore Park in the centre of Goulburn. This festival attracts large crowds every year.
Date: Saturday 25 February
Time: 10am - 4pm
Where: Belmore Park, 210 Auburn St, Goulburn NSW
Cost: Free entry
More Info: Contact Goulburn Multicultural Centre 0419 461 535
Queanbeyan Multicultural Festival 2017 - Sun 5 March 2017
Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council and have a pleasure of managing the very successful Queanbeyan Multicultural Festival. FINACT will be participating and contributing to grow the day and use the day to interact and connect with members of the public.
Last year we had 4000-6000 people throughout the day so it is certainly a great day out for many people. The event runs from 10am-4pm and involves 20 acts, street food and lots of community groups creating magic in our beautiful Queanbeyan Park at Lowe Street, Queanbeyan 2620
FINACT will be participating with ‘India in Town’ performance from 11.45 till 12.15. The event is held on 5 March 2017 and the first week of march for the coming years.
We invite you to come and enjoy this exciting day which is one of the biggest events on the Queanbeyan calendar.
Community Harmony Day - Sat 11 March 2017
Continuing the traditions FINACT will be organising the community harmony day on Sat 11 March 2017 (invitation only) to reiterate its moto of ‘Unity in Diversity’. The event will be an opportunity for all multicultural associations presidents and delegates to interact with political representatives of the territory and the commonwealth.
FINACT Constitution Review - we appreciate your feedback
The way an association is incorporated and continously improves its governance makes a huge difference to its effectiveness, efficacy and public perception.
Since the last review in 2012-13, the Federation has consolidated its position and represented the interests of the wider community. The time is ripe now to undertake a review of our activities and priorities, and get synced with our strategic goals. The realignment would allow us to take an active role in driving necessary changes through government and non-government interventions.
We need to look at the current structure that supports our strategic future plans, and processes and procedures underpinning the Constitution that must be consistent with the Act and the rest of the Constitution. Some of the key considerations may be
reflection on our purposes
reflection on our activities and develop future plans to stay relevant
structure of our organisation
are we able to bring a range of perspectives in our operations
how the executive committee is formed and meets their care and dilligence obligations
are the executive committee members aware of their roles and responsibilities
do we need sponsors and/or trustees
sources of financial support, how they are managed and how can be improved
are the members aware of their roles, responsibilities and benefits
We are seeking feedback and suggestions from our member associations and/or any other well-wishers from the community. All inquiries and comments should be provided to any of the following members or to firstname.lastname@example.org by 31 March 2017:
Amardeep Singh (Current President)
Krishna Nadimpalli (Past President)
Jayanti Gupta (Past President, founder member)
Sanjay Pandey (Current Public Relations Officer, founder member)
Once we receive input and suggestions, the draft changes (following review) will be given to the executive committee to be approved and presented to the General Council meeting (or Annual General Meeting) for approval and implementation.
Let us make the FINACT Constitution a living document that responds to changes and input/feedback received from our members.
Cricket Coordination Committee Meeting
The tournament "FINACT T-20 Cricket Tournament" is setting new benchmark every year to a very high level of standard and players are presented with substantially high value appreciation and awards. We appreciate, give all credits and sincere thanks to our associations, players, managers, umpires, supporting agencies -, Cricket ACT, ACT Sports and the High Commission of India, sponsors, volunteers and team supporters from all community groups.
We are learning and improving every year with your input, suggestions, comments and appreciations. Your feedback is always welcome.
We are planning to convene Cricket Coordination Committee meeting verys soon to discuss the following:
what we did better
what can be improved and better managed
timing of the tournament
umpring and scorers
sponsors and volunteering
FINACT Secretary will send the invites to team captains, their representatives and all major stakeholders shortly. Stay in touch.
Hindi School in GUNGAHLIN is open
खुशखबरी व शुभ समाचार - हिंदी पाठशाला शुरू
Good news for residents of North Canberra. Hindi School is functioning in North Canberra since 16 October 2016 at the Palmerston District Primary School. It runs on Sundays from 3pm.
If you wish to enrol yourself and/or your kids OR wish to teach, please contact Sushant at email@example.com.
Integrated Women's Network’s (IWN) event on Sun 19 March
A session on better financial management and celebrating International Day of Happiness falling on 20 March. Please mark your diary
Date: Sunday 19 March 2017
Time: 2 – 5pm
Where: Conference room 1, Gungahlin Library, Corner of Hibberson and Gozzard streets, Gungahlin ACT 2912. Please enter from the library door on the street opposite Bunnings.
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