After a long pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic, MAV’s Beehive Market is set to take place once again at the historic Cultural Exchange Beehive Building on Friday 10 and 17 December , from 11am until 3pm. The markets will highlight the vast experiences, knowledge, and skills of local First Nations and culturally diverse artists from across the Greater Bendigo region and beyond.
Beehive Market will also serve as the launch for sixteen new women’s microbusinesses, developed through our Duniya Behter initiative, which resources culturally diverse women in Bendigo and Shepparton with digital enterprise skills, networks, and mentoring. From locally made African haircare to Karen weaving to koloa (Tongan treasures), the businesses have engaged the women as experts in the expression of their cultural identity, community needs, and economic aspirations, particularly following the impacts of COVID-19.
Wed 11 Aug 2021 - Sat 30 Jul 2022
Duniya Behter shifts the mainstream narrative about people with migrant and refugee backgrounds, from vulnerable to capable. Women and young people in Bendigo and Shepparton drew from their cultural roots, to build creative businesses and produce new digital creative works. The name, Duniya Behter, emerged from conversations with young Cultural Facilitators employed to work on this project and it speaks to the spirit and intention of MAV’s regional Victoria program. It is a reflection of some of the cultures in Bendigo and Shepparton where the project is based. Duniya means the world in Arabic, Hindi and it’s also found in the languages of Swahili, Hazaragi, Urdu and Persian, where it holds a similar meaning. Behter means better but working together to make better.