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Victoria Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship Nicholas Kotsiras

Funding For Victoria’s Cultural Diverse Festivals To Celebrate Unity And Cohesion

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Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship Nicholas Kotsiras today announced 18 grants totalling $550,000 for Victorian community organisations. This is in addition to $450,000 worth of grants announced recently.

A total of $1 Million in grants under the Unity Through Partnerships program have been provided to multicultural festivals and celebrations which encourage broad community participation and greater inclusivity.

“The whole of the Victorian community is invited to celebrate and value our cultural diversity.” Mr. Kotsiras said.

“The vibrancy and dynamism of Victoria is best seen through the myriad of multicultural festivals and cultural events which weave the multicultural tapestry of this great state.”

“The value of sharing culture through music, dance and food builds greater cohesion and fosters understanding and unity.” Mr. Kotsiras said.

Mr. Kotsiras said the funding enabled organisations to create partnerships between two or more community organisations with the intention of fostering cross-cultural exchange and creative collaborations.

The funding also inspires participation of the general Victorian community in celebrating cultural diversity. This is the first year that the Unity Through Partnership grants have been offered with a total of $4.4 Million over the next four years.

Highlights of the Unity Through Partnerships are Multicultural Arts Victoria which secured $160,000 for three programs:

  • Station Pier Multicultural Festival – Australia Day, the Emerge Festival promoting emerging multicultural artists and Black Harmony bringing together Aboriginal and other culturally diverse artists;
  • Greek Antipodes Festival – Glendi Australia’s leading Greek event secured $100,000; Diversitat in Geelong received $100,000 to celebrate 30 years of the Pako Festa and SubUrban a unique new event bringing together Arabic, Pacific Islander and other youth to celebrate living in harmony.

Mr. Kotsiras said the Coalition Government has increased overall funding to the Community Grants program by $1.1 Million demonstrating its profound commitment to building a resilient, exciting, cohesive and unified multicultural society.

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