Hume Central College students will celebrate their homelands through song and dance when they perform at My Island Dream later this month.

The event is a chance for secondary school students to showcase their Pasifika culture, with 10 schools from across Melbourne’s north and west taking part.

It was started in 2016 by the Westside Pasifika Youth Committee, Brimbank council and Vaiusu the Creators Space, with the aim of creating a cultural celebration which promotes inclusiveness and helps to break down barriers.

Students from Samoa, Tonga, Cook Islands, Fiji, Tahiti, Hawaii, Aotearoa, Niue and Tuvalu will perform at the event, which will be held at Enjoy Church, Sunshine North on September 22.

Event director and Vaiusu owner Fipe Preuss said My Island Dream would celebrate the culture, identity, connection and pride of young people in Melbourne.

“The youth have been working really hard within the schools and showing great leadership,” she said.