Victorian Labor Minister for Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott announced on 13 September $2.7 million worth of new grant funding for 913 cultural festivals, exhibitions, celebrations of national days and other culturally significant gatherings.
“We are proud to support events across our state that celebrate more than 100 different cultures and faiths, preserving and sharing traditions for all Victorians,” Minister Scott said.
The funding will allow more Victorians will be able to celebrate and share their diverse cultures and traditions.
“Our diversity is our strength and we will continue supporting all Victorians to celebrate and share their culture and traditions with pride,” the Minister said.
Among the significant events to be supported by the program are the Carlton Italian Festa, Chinese New Year Festival, Hispanic Latin American Festival and Geelong’s Pako Festa. The program will provide ample opportunities for Victorians from all walks of life to celebrate and engage with Victoria’s rich cultural diversity.
More than 1,100 applications were submitted to the 2018-19 Multicultural Festivals and Events program, by both new and established community groups, across metropolitan and regional Victoria.
“These grants will ensure that multiculturalism in Victoria continues to flourish, and I encourage everyone to get involved in these wonderful community-led multicultural festivals and events,” said Minister Scott.
The Victorian Budget 2018-19 provided an additional $1.4 million over two years to the Multicultural Festivals and Events program to support community groups preserve cultural traditions and share them with the wider Victorian community.
For a full list of successful applicants, visit multicultural.vic.gov.au