Helping more multicultural communities celebrate

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Melbourne: Even more Victorian communities will be able to showcase and share their diverse cultures, traditions and food with others, thanks to new funding from the Andrews Labor Government.

Minister for Multicultural Affairs Richard Wynne announced more than $885,000 to support 476 festivals and events around the state celebrating Victoria’s rich multiculturalism.

The Multicultural Festivals and Events program provides funding annually to hold sporting carnivals, cultural and national day celebrations, conferences and exhibitions.

This year’s funding will support events being held between July and December, including:

• The first year of the Nelson Mandela Decade of Peace Festival

• A festival celebrating the establishment of Melbourne’s first mosque

• The Pasifika Festival in Shepparton

• A multi-faith food festival at the Great Stupa of Universal Compassion in Bendigo

• The Taiwan Festival, the Mexican Festival and the Somali National Day Celebration.

This support is in addition to the $350,000 pre-election commitment to fund 11 major multicultural events.

Supporting multicultural events is just one way we embrace our diversity, giving people from all walks of life the opportunity to experience something new and engage with Victorians of different cultural heritage.

Victoria is one of the most diverse places in the world, with almost every second person either being born overseas or having at least one parent who was born overseas.

Victorians come from more than 200 different countries, speaking more than 260 languages and dialects and following 135 religious faiths.

(Media release)