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Multicultural Round

afl.com.au  July 5, 2016 4:55 PM

THE AFL's annual Multicultural Round celebrates the game's diversity and promotes inclusiveness, with the theme of 'Many Cultures, One Game'. Here's a look at what the AFL and some of the clubs are doing this weekend.

* Matches are being broadcast in one of seven languages:

Mandarin: Port Adelaide v Hawthorn and West Coast v North Melbourne
Greek: Geelong v Sydney Swans
Hindi: GWS v Collingwood and Essendon v St Kilda
Arabic: Gold Coast v Brisbane Lions
Vietnamese: Western Bulldogs v Richmond 
Spanish: Melbourne v Fremantle
Italian: Carlton v Adelaide 

Audio available via the AFL App and on Match Centre on AFL.com.au

* Field umpires have the word for UMPIRE printed on the back of their shirts in one of the seven languages. Goal umpire flags will be orange, the colour symbolising harmony.  

* The Sherrin match balls feature the word WELCOME printed on them in Greek, Mandarin, Hindi, Arabic, Spanish and Italian. 

* The 50-metre arcs have the word FIFTY painted on them in one of the seven languages. 

* Port Adelaide and Greater Western Sydney are wearing multicultural-themed guernseys, while Gold Coast, West Coast and the Western Bulldogs will wear themed warm-up gear. The Power's jumper features the Australian and Chinese flags on the front and players' names in Mandarin on the back. The Giants' jumper has hands interlinked on the front representing solidarity between all people, standing together and living in unity and harmony. The guernsey also features the United Nations Refugee Agency logo.

Clubs are running culturally diverse pre-game activities and on-field entertainment, including food festivals, dancing and fireworks displays, movie screenings and giveaways. The Giants are hosting the AFL Multicultural Festival, presented by Australia Post, at Cathy Freeman Park, outside Spotless Stadium, from 11am on Saturday.