26 September 2023

Multicultural celebration gets a date

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Australia’s biggest celebration of cultural diversity is to return to Canberra next year for its 25th anniversary.

Announced by the Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Tara Cheyne, the National Multicultural Festival is to be held on 17, 18 and 19 February 2023.

“Canberra is a proudly multicultural and inclusive city, and the National Multicultural Festival is the embodiment of this – a three-day event where multicultural communities showcase and share their culture, history and heritage through food, art, song and dance,” Ms Cheyne said.

“It’s an event that is close to many people’s hearts,” she said.

“I’m pleased to share the expanded festival footprint and dates for next year’s celebration, as we know that multicultural groups across the ACT spend months planning stalls, preparing workshops and practising performances.”

Ms Cheyne said the Festival would be expanded to run from the city to Glebe Park.

She said the City Renewal Authority would support the event again in 2023 and work with city businesses to leverage the opportunities provided by the Festival.

To support the participation of multicultural groups and organisations, the Minister also announced the opening of the 2023 National Multicultural Festival Grants Program.

“I’m happy to announce that this year there is a doubling of the festival grants funding from $90,000 to $180,000,” Ms Cheyne said.

“This will allow even greater participation from the community as stallholders and performers.”

She encouraged applications from new and emerging communities.

Further information on the National Multicultural Festival can be accessed at this PS News link.

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