The Theo Notaras Multicultural Centre is designed for Canberrans of different backgrounds to meet, celebrate and share their cultures, and gain assistance with settling into Canberra.
At the centre, there are several organisations that offer advice and assistance including access to support services and help with English. More than 30 cultural groups and associations have offices here.
The centre hosts many of the region’s largest multicultural events and forums, and has rooms to hire so anyone can host their own. There are also groups and classes to join in every week, from martial arts to mahjong and youth theatre.
Theo Notaras was a well-known and loved Canberran of Greek origin who migrated to Australia at the age of 14. He was an innovative and highly successful businessman. Theo was the founder and first President of the Greek community in Canberra, and a founding member of the Hellenic Club. Theo died in 2001, leaving a strong legacy of contribution to Canberra and to the Greek community in the ACT.
The Centre is open to the general public from 8.30am to 6.00pm Monday to Friday (except weekends and public holidays).
Use of the Centre’s facilities outside of these hours, including on weekends and public holidays, must be negotiated with the Centre Manager.
The Centre’s function room holds up to 300 people (250 people for sit-down dining). It is available to hire for events such as conferences, dinner dances and performances. A top-class caterer’s kitchen is available at extra cost.
Maximum 250 adults to sit for dining, or 300 as theatre-style set-up; 278 square metres. An attached servery in one corner opens into the main room or can be hidden. The caterer’s kitchen across the hall is additional cost. Room hire includes a dance floor, stage and sound system.
A fully equipped, professional-standard catering kitchen is conveniently located across the hall from function rooms. It is 54 square metres and can hold 15 people.
Meeting room is rented on an hourly basis and can accommodate around 25 people.
The space cater’s for the exhibition of community, cultural and contemporary artwork, crafts and design. For availablilty please contact the Centre Manager on 62053297.
Office Space for Hire
The Centre has office space for cultural associations to rent at low cost. A desk and computer are provided. Offices also have access to photocopying and kitchen facilities.
At present all offices at the Centre are tenanted, and there is a waiting list. If your organisation is interested in knowing more, contact the Centre to discuss.
Migrant Resource Centre
The Migrant Resource Centre helps migrants settle into Canberra – assisting with finding housing, enrolling children in school, apply for jobs, and learning English. Young migrants can get help with their studies. Staff at the Centre speak many languages, and translators are available.
Phone: 6248 8577
Multicultural Youth Services
Multicultural Youth Services (MYS) assist young people aged 12 to 25, including migrants and refugees. It provides assistance regarding accommodation, employment, education, family issues and anything else that is important to young people. They also run social activities and community development projects.
Phone: 6257 2144
Multicultural Arts Officers
The Arts Officers help multicultural artists raise their profile and further their creative potential. Artists are assisted to develop projects and skills, apply for funding, and network locally and nationally. They are experienced artists themselves and are supported by an advisory group of artists and community members. The Multicultural Arts Officer is on level one of the Centre building.
Phone: 6230 5994
Canberra Multicultural Community Forum (CMCF)
The CMCF promotes the common interests and articulates the purpose and direction of the multicultural community in the ACT. If you would like assistance from the CMCF or to find out more information go to www.cmcf.org.au
National Multicultural Festival
Canberra’s premier cultural event is held in February each year. For information on events or if you would like to volunteer go to www.multiculturalfestival.com.au
The following cultural groups have their office at the Theo Notaras Multicultural Centre.
Burringiri (Aboriginal) Association Inc (0438 080 450)
African Australia Assoc. of the ACT Inc (6297 5843)
Arab and Australian Women Friendship Association Inc (0412 174 100)
Arab Australian Friendship Society (6282 1877)
Bangladesh-Australia Association, Canberra Inc (6213 6675)
Australian-Burmese Association of the ACT Inc (6125 2163)
National Assoc. for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN) (6244 2712)
ACT Chinese Australian Association Inc (0417 686 096)
Chinese Arts and Culture Association Inc (0412 295 299)
Fiji-Australia Association of ACT Inc (0404 234 193)
Ghana-Australia Association Inc (0438 882 656)
Canberra Japan Club Inc (6262 1615)
The ACT Korean Community Inc (0418 620 866)
Australia Mon Association Inc (6255 5437)
Canberra Multicultural Communities Forum (0411 417 666)
Pakistan-Australia Friendship Association, Canberra Inc (0400 388 385)
Persian Australian Community Association (0421 494 38)
Philippine-Australian Association of the Monaro Region Inc(6252 7037)
ACT Russian Ethnic Association Inc (0404 234 193)
Samoan Culture and Youth Support Association Inc (6258 0073)
Radio Samoa Language and Youth Association Inc (6213 3270)
The ACT Ethnic Schools Association (6230 5191)
Sene Canberra Incorporated (PNG) (6295 6140)
Sudanese-Australian Community Association Inc (0432 794 686)
Taiwanese Association of Canberra (6242 4282)
Thai Community of the ACT Inc (0415 646 675)
Vietnamese Community in Australia (ACT Chapter) Inc (0412 153 682)
Multicultural Women’s Advocacy (6230 4632)
Theo Notaras Multicultural Centre
2nd Floor, North Building,
180 London Circuit, Canberra City
Phone: 6205 3297
Fax: 6207 5862