The key purpose of our Club is to promote Irish & Australian Irish Culture and Heritage. To this end, our Rules define the need for a Cultural & Heritage Sub Committee to assist the Club Committee in fulfilling this purpose.
A Chairman of this Sub Committee is formally voted in by the members at their AGM. Peter Gavin is our current Chair. He then appoints a Sub Committee to assist him in this very important role. Peter is also the Club’s Liaison Manager with the Victorian and interstate Clubs and Associations.
Established in 2001 the Cultural Heritage Committee (CHC) aims to present a wide variety of cultural heritage programs; events, activities and services that enrich our appreciation of our Irish and Australian Irish and Celtic culture whilst also seeking to enhance the Club’s status as the focal point for Irish associations and kindred organizations across Victoria by providing assistance and networking programs
Cultural Heritage Groups with the Irish Ambassador, Breadon O'Caollai
The Activities/Roles Of The CHC Are As Follows:
Events which portray and celebrate our Irish and Australian Irish heritage and culture include: music, theatre, book launches, readings, festivals, films, lectures, conferences and cultural tours.
Programs With Related Cultural Groups
The CHC develops integrated cultural programs and communication with:
- Related groups in Melbourne that see the Celtic Club as their cultural home
- Some of Melbourne’s prestigious bodies such as the State Library, Public Records Office, Immigration Museum, Federation Square, Universities of Melbourne, Irish Studies Seminar Group (MISS) Irish Studies Association of Australia and New Zealand
- Irish Associations across Victoria ie: Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong, South West Victoria, Sunraysia.
- Reciprocal (membership to) Provincial City Clubs in Victoria (Colonist Club – Ballarat, Warnanbool Club, Bendigo Club, Kilmore Racing Club, Mildura Club, Mt Eliza Club) as well as Irish Clubs across the nation
The CHC presents an annual Dinner and “Get Together’ of these groups to celebrate their efforts and accomplishments, to share ideas concerning our various event programs, update our master list of contacts, websites and radio programs and to network our Australian Irish activities across Victoria through vigorous co-operation: Overall theme: “Sharing our Heritage & Cultural Visions”
Cultural Resource Centre
The CHC manages and services the Cultural Resource Centre which comprises the Library, Sound and Film Centre and Seniors Computer Learning Centre.
Reading Circle and Film Club (Coming Soon)
The CHC regularly conduct U3A (University of the 3rd Age) style sessions that include presentations, films, and discussion on various themes, characters and places that are part of and contribute to our Irish and Australian Irish heritage, history, and culture. This program encourages and creates the opportunity for members and friends to form book clubs and to utilize our library for research.
Artifacts And Paintings
The Cultural Heritage Committee is responsible for the custody and display of historical items, artifacts and paintings held by the Celtic Club. We have created an attractive and stimulating gallery of Irish and Australian Irish artifacts and paintings on all levels of the Club; designed to educate members and visitors and to provide a visual stimulus for general viewing and cultural heritage tours. Most of these artifacts and paintings are in storage during the transition to a new venue. Cultural tours of the Club are presented during Senior’s Week in October.
3ZZZ Ethnic Radio Program – 92.3FM
The CHC conduct a regular radio program broadcasting forthcoming cultural events and interviewing special guests on topical subjects. (Refer Cultural Events List for detail) These programs are recorded on CD and filed in the library archives for member access.
Irish Radio Program Time: Every Sat. 10-11am & Sun 6-7pm.
Awards were instigated by the CHC and are presented on behalf of the Celtic Club – Read more