Hon Mike Nahan BEc MS PhD MLA

Hon Mike Nahan BEc MS PhD MLA

Former Treasurer; Minister for Energy; Citizenship and Multicultural Interests

Hon John Day BSc BDSc MLA

Hon John Day BSc BDSc MLA

Former Minister for Health; Culture and the Arts

    Free public art promotes peace and equality

    2/10/2016 11:00 AM
    • Artwork showcasing the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi starts today at Elizabeth Quay and runs until November 2

    The life, work and legacy of Mahatma Gandhi will be celebrated in a free public exhibition at Elizabeth Quay that showcases Gandhi's values of peace, equality and non-violence.


    Starting today, Borderless Gandhi presents Mahatma in me is being supported by the Liberal National Government with a $5,000 sponsorship through the Office of Multicultural Interests' Community Grants Program.


    The exhibition, featuring 12 stainless steel sculptures by renowned artist Vibhor Sogani, was brought to Western Australia by Borderless Gandhi, a group of West Australians dedicated to promoting awareness and knowledge of Mahatma Gandhi.


    Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Mike Nahan said Gandhi's message of peace and tolerance resonated across WA's hugely successful diverse community.


    "This exhibition showcases many of the values that have made WA one of the world's most successful multicultural communities," Dr Nahan said.


    "The exhibition, which starts today to mark Gandhi's birthday and the start of International Day of Non-Violence, will provide an opportunity to explore the richness of Indian art and culture and reflect on the importance of tolerance and equality."


    The exhibition is part of the Confluence - Festival of India in Australia, an initiative designed to foster collaboration between artists and create cultural bonds between Australia and India.


    Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said the State Government was pleased to support the exhibition with $56,000 in-kind venue hire and $5,000 sponsorship from the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority, as well as $17,000 in Perth Theatre Trust venue for the Confluence - Festival of India in Australia.


    "Festivals such as this bring our communities closer together, promote tourism and build cultural and economic ties between India and WA," Mr Day said. 


    Fact File

    • India, which has replaced Italy in the top five countries of birth, is now the top non-English speaking country of birth for WA
    • There are more than 29,000 Indian-born people living in WA (1.3% of the WA population). More than 40,300 people in WA have Indian ancestry
    • For more information about the Mahatma in me exhibition, which runs until November 2, 2016, visit http://borderlessgandhi.org.au
    • The Confluence - Festival of India in Australia has made its Australian premiere in Perth.  Visit http://confluencefoi.com for more information

    Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister's office - 6552 5700


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