The sense of belonging is essential to life satisfaction, happiness and mental health.
The Faces of Ipswich project celebrates the cultural diversity of Ipswich and aims to promote inclusion and belonging for all people in the city.
Council is calling for residents to submit a picture of themselves and write a short statement answering the question – what does belonging mean to me?
Ipswich Mayor Teresa Harding said that Faces of Ipswich is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the diversity that makes Ipswich a great place to work and live.
“Ipswich is a truly multicultural city,” Mayor Harding said.
“Our First Nations peoples have been joined by residents from over 115 different cultural backgrounds across our history, and for every 100 people born in Ipswich, 41 have at least one parent who was born overseas.
“Every cultural group – every person – has made their contribution to the diversity and richness of our community and we would love to hear what belonging means to you.”
A selection of the photos will be exhibited in the Nicholas Street Precinct during Harmony Week, 15-21 March, with the exhibition opening on 20 March.
Submit your photo and story here by February 28.
Ideas for photos:
- you and your family eating together
- a cultural dance or celebration
- near an Ipswich landmark
- playing your favourite sport
- in your traditional dress