About Us

Acknowledgement of country and Indigenous languages

We acknowledge the Boon Wurrung and Woi Wurrung language groups of the Kulin Nation, their Ancestors, Elders, families and communities who are the Traditional Custodians of the greater Melbourne, Werribee and the Mornington Peninsula areas. We acknowledge language revitalisation and practices are integral to culture, recognition and reconciliation.

Chúng tôi công nhận nhóm ngôn ngữ Boon Wurrung và Woi Wurrung của Dân tộc Kulin, tổ tiên của họ, các tộc trưởng, gia đình và cộng đồng thổ dân. Họ là người giữ gìn lãnh địa truyền thống của Vùng đất Melbourne và ngoại vi, Werribee và bán đảo Mornington. Chúng tôi công nhận sự hồi sinh của ngôn ngữ và xử dụng ngôn ngữ đi liền với văn hoá, công nhận và hoá giải.

ViệtSpeak is a non-profit organisation based in Maribyrnong, made up of parents, teachers, academics, activists and community members who advocate for community-centred language education. Angliss Neighbourhood House is an independent community centre in the heart of Footscray, bringing people together to learn, connect and engage in our local community.

The languages we speak define us and our communities in so many ways. We all have unique words and phrases for expressing our thoughts and emotions, for connecting, sharing and expressing our values and culture. Language influences how we look at the world and how we remember it. It carries our collective memory and the history of our communities.

This history is especially rich in the West of Naarm Melbourne. Across the Brimbank, Wyndham and Maribyrnong local government areas, over 54% of people use a language other than English at home. In the City of Maribyrnong alone, we speak 82 different languages in our homes, with our families, friends and neighbours.

The Language in Community Festival is about celebrating this language diversity and supporting its continuity from generation to generation. Without language diversity there is no real multiculturalism.

You can also contact any of the following Festival organisers for further information on info@languagesfestival.net:
   Hoang Tran Nguyen, ViệtSpeak member;
   Jo Williams, Coordination team Angliss Neighbourhood House;
   Jorge Jorquera, Maribyrnong City Councillor.

Our team of incredible volunteers include: Hong Tran, David Tran, Liz Murray, Julie Choi, Van Tran, Quách Như Cát, Lily Nguyen, Lisa Divissi, Amy Nguyen, Carol Nguyen, Chau Quach, Danny Tran, Khai Nguyen and Christine Quach.

This project was supported by Maribyrnong City Council’s Love Your West Grants Program.
Funding provided by the Victorian Government through the Multicultural Festivals and Events Program.

celebrating language diversity