The Australian Intercultural Society (AIS) is a not-for-profit dialogue platform operating since 2000 with the aim of strengthening social cohesion and promoting diversity and understanding through interaction. Through partnership with other organisations, AIS works to strengthen relations in multicultural Australia.
Since its establishment in 2000, the AIS has led the way in pioneering many initiatives which have been replicated, including, among others, the mosque open day, international study tours, Ramadan iftar dinners, family barbeque and brekkie programs, women’s and youth programs, academic conferences, cultural exhibitions, lecture series and roundtable discussions.
Australia is a rich and diverse country that espouses equality, mutual respect and understanding. It strives to uphold common values. It is for this reason that AIS has lent its support to the International Festival of Language and Culture (IFLC), where students from all corners of the globe are invited to come as they are, appear in their national dress and proudly present a cultural performance from their rich traditions. This celebration is an opportunity to promote global fellowship and to remind us that no culture is superior to another, but rather make a statement that the world’s mosaic looks even more beautiful with everyone’s contribution.
The colours of the world paint a story that says we have a lot in common, a lot to share and a lot to be proud of. It is with the fusion of these colours that has defined our common humanity and engendered the advancement of civilisation.