The Little Indian Cultural Precinct, centered on Foster Street, Dandenong, is Melbourne's longest standing and most authentic cluster of Indian and subcontinental culture and commerce.
City of Greater Dandenong is home to a large number of Indian businesses, with 62 shops in central Dandenong, including 33 businesses clustered in the Little India Cultural Precinct itself. These specialists shops include eateries, groceries, general retail and most famously, fashion and traditional wear.
More than 12,400 Indian born residents currently live in the City of Greater Dandenong. The regional population of Indian born residents in Melbourne' south east reached 52,000 in 2016.
Geoffrey Carran, contemporary artist and Rowena Martinich, abstract expressionist painter take us through their journey of visiting local Indian traders and their shops to sample the beautiful textiles on offer and gain inspiration for their mural 'Adornment', created as part of the Indian Cultural Precinct street art program.
Victoria’s first ever Indian Cultural Precinct
In 2015, the Hon Robin Scott Minister for Multicultural Affairs announced that Dandenong is the home to Victoria’s first ever Indian Cultural Precinct with a funding commitment of $500,000.
The funding is being administered by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship under its Community Infrastructure and Cultural Precincts Program.
In 2016 an Indian Cultural Precinct Taskforce was established to inform the precinct's direction and prepare a community vision.
The taskforce includes representatives from the Department of Premier and Cabinet (Office of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship), Development Victoria, City of Greater Dandenong and ten community leaders with culturally specific perspectives on business, faith, community, festivals and youth interests.
Indian Cultural Precinct Public Art
- Sikh Games Mural
- Decorative Power Poles
- Mahatma Gandhi Mural
- Adornment Mural
- Between Two Worlds Mural
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