31 Jan, 2012 Last updated: 16 Dec, 2014

Victorian regional communities will get the chance to experience a range of art-based projects that explore cultural diversity and race-based discrimination when VicHealth’s Arts About Us Roadshow visits Mildura, Shepparton, Gippsland and Horsham between January and July 2012.

Victorian regional communities will get the chance to experience a range of art-based projects that explore cultural diversity and race-based discrimination when VicHealth’s Arts About Us Roadshow visits Mildura, Shepparton, Gippsland and Horsham between January and July 2012.

With everything from multimedia and plays to music and comedy, there will be an opportunity to be entertained, have a laugh, experience something new and get involved – there is something for everyone.

VicHealth has funded 18 Arts About Us projects over three years to develop arts-based programs, shows and exhibitions that celebrate cultural diversity and help people understand the harmful impacts of race-based discrimination.

“It’s important for Victorians to understand that race-based discrimination affects people’s health and wellbeing and that we all have a role to play in stopping it,” says VicHealth CEO Jerril Rechter.

“The arts provide a powerful platform for strengthening cultural understanding and celebrating diversity. The VicHealth Arts About Us Roadshow aims to take these innovative arts projects to a wider audience across regional communities to encourage dialogue about the benefits of cultural diversity and the harm caused by race-based discrimination.”

Arts About Us projects will participate in local festivals and events as part of the Roadshow, with SheppARTon Festival hosting the Australian premiere of the new play, 'Dare to be Faceless' on 12 March 2012.

Originally commissioned by the iconic La Mama Theatre, Dare to be Faceless examines the lives of refugees in Australia, bringing to the stage the reality of their experiences with the prevalent attitudes in our society, to feeling for others and doing something about it. A talented local Shepparton Theatre Arts Group Inc. cast, including new members from Shepparton’s African communities, will perform the play.