Duniya Behter


The name itself, which emerged from conversation with community, speaks to the spirit and intention of this MAV’s regional Victoria program. 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. These are some of the languages spoken in Bendigo and Shepparton where this project is based.  Behter means better but working together to make better.

Duniya Behter is an experience that will see women and young people from CALD communities, in Bendigo and Shepparton, drawing from the resource of their cultural roots, to build creative businesses and produce new digital creative work.


Are you a young culturally diverse, person of colour 15 -30 years living in Bendigo or Shepparton?
Do you have a story to tell and ideas to share about your experiences of the last 2 years living in a pandemic?

MAV is providing up to 20 paid commission opportunities for young people of colour living in Shepparton and Bendigo, to create digital stories that will be shared as part of an online exhibition.



Each successful applicant will get $1000 cash, access to equipment, space and mentoring, to create a digital story. We are looking for ideas for videos, reels, podcasts, music, spoken word, graphic design, digital art, creative writing or poetry that cover themes like:

  • What does creating a better world look like to you?
  • How do you get inspiration from your cultural roots to deal with challenges?
  • Your experience during COVID and what you have done to adapt to changing times?
  • What is the future change you want to see in the world?

Application close at midnight on Monday 10th January 2022

CREATIVE AND CULTURAL WOMEN’S BUSINESSES16 Women or collectives of women will develop businesses, building on new ideas or developing a creative and cultural activity. They will develop businesses that work for them through mentoring, networking, developing an online presence and the launch of their business.  

CREATIVE YOUNG PEOPLE OF COLOUR IN BENDIGO AND SHEPPARTONFocuses on the development of creative skills and self-expression. It’s all about building the creative workforce of now and the future. Through young people telling stories of their culture and their lived experience through digital works like podcasts, memes, Instagram reels, Tik Tok videos, short films, spoken word, music etc.   

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The workshop program will guide participants through the creative process, allowing them to try their hand at a variety of art forms. We start off with how to come up with and flesh out ideas, how to bring in your cultural and personal identity and what resources are available.  Participants can then branch out into technical pathways, choosing to develop practical skills in one or several genres such as film, digital art, social media, podcasting and sound. 

Workshops may include:
 – How to come up with ideas, shape them, build on them and let go of self-judgement 
Culture – How to tell the stories of your culture and experiences as a person of colour, through art 
Smart Phone Stories – how to write a short film, then shoot and edit it with your phone 
Social Media – How to make Tik Tok and Instagram videos that show your unique outlook and build a following 
Sound – How to make music, produce a song and use sound design to enhance a project 
Podcasting – How to produce your own podcast  

You will be creating pieces of work in each technical module.  

The workshop program will be approximately 2 hours per week with a few longer sessions on weekends or school holidays

We conclude with preparation for the future: preparing you to apply for commissions, look for work with your new portfolio or produce bigger artistic works.  

Mentorship: Throughout the Duniya Behter program, creatives will be mentored in the development of their projects by a Digital Producer who will be on hand to help develop ideas, support individual creative journeys, help with the technical aspect of the projects and bring in additional expertise as needed. 

Commissions: There are 16 commissions, 8 for Bendigo and 8 for Shepparton, of $1,000 each available to participants from the youth stream who wish to create a new digital work, using the skills gained in the workshops. Commissioned work be exhibited on the program’s website and MAV’s social media.  

CONNECTION BETWEEN WOMEN’S BUSINESS AND YOUNG PEOPLEThe women and youth programs will have a symbiosis: The women will be supported in their marketing by having newly upskilled content creators who, via the businesses, will have access to abundant material and subjects for their projects.  

The program promises to be an exciting, fun, hands-on learning adventure. 

Register your interest in being part of Duniya Behter’s Creative Young People of Colour in Bendigo and Shepparton below.

Once you have registered, you will be sent more information by text and email about workshops and creative sessions.
Registering does not commit you to attending.

ELIGIBILITYApplicants who: 

  • self-identify as, a Person of Colour, or Culturally or Linguistically Diverse; 
  • People aged between 15-30; 
  • live in the Bendigo or Shepparton areas of Victoria 

TIMELINES + DEADLINESRegistrations Open 2 August 2021
Workshops, Mentoring and Production September to December 2021 
Commissions Announced December 2021
Commissions delivery period January to February 2022 

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