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Premier’s Multicultural reception –
Anton Swan JP (QUAL) : Hon. Consul for Sri Lanka in Queensland Australia

Anton Swan

Photo of Anton Swan JP (QUAL): Hon Consul for Sri Lanka in Queensland Australia with the Premier of Queensland Hon. Annastacia Palaszczuk and the Minister for Multicultural Affairs Hon. Sterling Hinchliffe and other Consuls in Brisbane.

This Reception was Hosted by the Premier to Celebrate Multicultural in Queensland.


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  • Telstra supports iconic Telstra Bollywood Dance Competition for the 6th year at Melbourne’s Federation Square
  • Viewers encouraged to vote for their favourite performer and ask celebrity judges questions via SMS
  • Judges include Malaika Arora and Bollywood heavyweights Nikkhil Advani and Avtar Panesar


The Telstra Bollywood Dance Competition (TBDC) is set to draw thousands of people to Melbourne’s Federation Square on Saturday 11 August 2018 with returning superstar judge Malaika Arora, along with Bollywood heavyweights Nikkhil Advani and Avtar Panesar confirmed to attend and judge the Bollywood dance action.


The event is the perfect opportunity to enjoy some masti with friends and family. Viewers can cast a vote for their favourite performers by sending an SMS vote on the day. Voting lines will be open for the duration of the event and details will be announced on the day.


Jeremy Nicholas, Executive Director, Brand Consumer Business Marketing, Telstra said, “Telstra is excited and proud to connect and build on our relationships with the South Asian community by bringing fans the Telstra Bollywood Dance Competition for the sixth year in a row. We are committed to bringing Bollywood fans and dance enthusiasts from around Australia and the world more of the entertainment they love, and this year the competition promises to be our best ever with many surprises in store.”


The TBDC is one of Australia’s most loved Bollywood events, with performers from all over the country coming together to dance in front of a celebrity judging panel.


This dance extravaganza promises to be a celebration of all things Bollywood. The pulsating environment, the foot tapping music and the electrifying energy are sure to make attendees dance along in this free-for-all dance competition.


In previous years, the talented actress, dancer, model, and producer, Malaika Arora, surprised TBDC attendees with impromptu dancing and singing with fans – much to the crowd’s delight. Surprise celebrity guests also often attend on the day to join in the festivities.


Telstra Bollywood Dance Competition 2018

Date: Saturday 11 August, 2018

Time: From 12pm

Location: Federation Square, Melbourne VIC


Watch Trailer below


Event photos from last year

Anthony Shiner, Executive Director, Telstra Digital with the celebrity judges and Mitu Bhowmick

Telstra’s Anthony Shiner with the celebrity judges and Mitu Bhowmick at last year’s Telstra Bollywood Dance Competition

Telstra Bollywood Dance Competition - crowd

The crowd at the Telstra Bollywood Dance Competition


Telstra Bollywood Dance Competition - dancers (8)

Dancers at the Telstra Bollywood Dance Competition

Telstra Bollywood Dance Competition - People's Choice Winners

Telstra Bollywood Dance Competition winners







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Rt. Hon. SWRD Bandaranaike, Prime Minister of Ceylon (Sri Lanka)


Solomon West Ridgeway Dias Bandaranaike was the founder of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party & served as the fourth prime minister of Ceylon. He was an alumnus of S. Thomas College & Christ Church, Oxford University. Following his assassination in 1959, his widow, Sirimavo Ratwatte Dias Bandaranaike (q.v.), became prime minister of Ceylon and she was the first female to be elected head of government in the world.

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Prof Ricardo Hausmann: Acessing know-how for growth in Sri Lanka (With Slides)

Economies grow by adding new products and services to their production portfolio , and not by producing more of the same kinds of products argues Prof. Hausmann. The key to such diversification is access to know-how, but know-how often has to come from abroad. This is because it is often easier to move brains to new countries than to move new know-how into brains. In the experience of Singapore, India, Vietnam and most other dynamic economies, three channels of know-how transfer stand out: FDI, immigration and diaspora networks. In this lecture, Prof Ricardo Hausmann of Harvard CID explores the relationship between economic development and the accumulation of know-how. He will in particular discuss how to tackle Sri Lanka’s limited export diversification.


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