On the opening day of the Festival a forum considered the future of multiculturalism in Victoria under the theme: ‘The Right to Belong’. Before the forum I caught up with two of its participants.


IMG_20160826_132636Abdi Aden  is a Somali refugee whose recent book ‘Shining: the story of a lucky man’ tells of his harrowing journey from civil war in Somalia to life in Melbourne.






IMG_20160826_135655Dr Nasya Bahfen  is a senior lecturer in the School of Media Film and Journalism at Monash University and an AFL multicultural community ambassador.




TreloarLucy Treloar
 is the author of the recently published ‘Salt Creek’ shortlisted for the 2016 Miles Franklin.






AyresTony Ayres is a writer, director and showrunner for film and TV, who recently adapted the novel ‘Barracuda’ as a TV miniseries.