Helping communities celebrate diversity

Joint Media Release with:

Senator the Hon. Concetta Fierravanti-Wells
Assistant Minister for Multicultural Affairs

The Australian Government is investing $130,000 in 32 projects across Australia to help organisations host festivals and arts projects that celebrate diversity and unite communities.

The successful recipients of the 2015–16 Multicultural Arts and Festivals Grants were announced today by Minister for Social Services, the Hon. Christian Porter MP and Assistant Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Senator the Hon. Concetta Fierravanti-Wells.

“I am delighted Australian Government funding will help a range of not-for-profit organisations and local councils in respecting, supporting and growing social cohesion in Australia,” Mr Porter said.

“Australia’s successful settlement of millions of migrants is a point of pride for our nation and the multicultural community organisations that help new arrivals play a huge role in making everyone feel welcome.”

The festivals are spread across the country with eight in New South Wales, nine in Victoria, five in Queensland, four in South Australia, three in Western Australia, and one in Tasmania, the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory. A full list of funded events is available on the DSS website.

Senator Fierravanti-Wells, said Australia’s multicultural diversity was reflected in the broad range of activities and organisations funded by the grants.

“We live in one of the most culturally diverse nations on Earth and these projects illustrate the innovative approaches community groups bring to our society to help people share their culture,” Senator Fierravanti-Wells said.

“Funded projects range from a Harmony Weekend residential camp programme in Adelaide to bring together families from diverse cultural and religious backgrounds to the Carnevale Community Celebration to celebrate multiculturalism through food, music and dance.

“We should all get out there and celebrate what makes us Australian and celebrate our cultural diversity.”

The Australian Government will continue to work with communities to capitalise on the social and economic benefits of diversity committing approximately $660 million in the 2015 Budget over the next four years.

2015-16 Multicultural Arts and Festivals Grants Successful Applicants
State Organisation Project
NSW Community Migrant Resource Centre Women of the World Unite
NSW Relationships Australia Multicultural School Holiday Festival
NSW Sylvanvale Foundation Festival to link culturally diverse people with intellectual disabilities with their culture of origin communities
NSW Bankstown City Council Dancing Under the Stars
NSW The NSW Spanish and Latin American Association for Social Assistance Inc Biennial Afro Latino Festival
NSW Somali Welfare and Cultural Centre Inc One day festival to celebrate aspects of African culture through music, arts, markets and food.
NSW Manning Valley Neighbourhood Services The Migrant Settlement Project  - one day cultural art event.
NSW Community and Cultural Connections Granma Multicultural Festival
VIC Victorian Immigrant and Refugee Women’s Coalition Hampton Park Family Day
VIC Ethiopian Community Association of Victoria Ethiopian New Year Festival 2015
VIC Inner North West Blue Light Inc Fun in the Aussie Sun Festival
VIC Russian Ethnic Representative Council of Victoria Incorporated The Maslenitsa Slavic Pancake Festival
VIC Le Belle Arti Inc Carnevale Community Celebration 2016
VIC  Frankston Arts Centre  Annual Ventana festival
VIC Casey City Council Multicultural Arts Exhibition
VIC Cheltenham Community Centre 4th Multicultural Festival of Creative Art
VIC  Whittlesea City Council The Young at Heart Games
QLD Central Highlands Regional Council Central Highlands Multicultural Festival
QLD Mareeba Shire Council Mareeba Multicultural Festival
QLD Mercy Community Services Toowoomba Multicultural Expo
QLD Migrant Centre Organisation Inc Photography Exhibition - Zoom In- Gold Coast
QLD Queensland Police-Citizen Youth Welfare Association and Vietnamese Resource Network Inala Multicultural Youth Day
SA The Islamic Information Centre 6th annual Eid Al Adha Festival 2015
SA The Holy Mary of Montevergine Association (S.A) Inc. Festa of the Madonna Di Montevergine
SA Edmund Rice Camps SA,  Build the Bridge Volunteers (Christian Brothers), and Welcome to Australia Harmony Weekend residential camp program
SA Adelaide Sri Lanka Buddhist Vihara Sinhala and Tamil New Year (Sri Lankan New Year) - Multicultural Arts and Festival event
WA The Great Southern Institute of Technology Multicultural Community Concert
WA Esperance Community Arts Inc. Te Whanau O Tumanako Inc, Esperance Waitangi Day Celebration
WA Bunbury Multicultural Group Annual Bunbury Multicultural Night Under the Stars
TAS Glenorchy City Council Moonah Taste of the World Festival
NT Brown's Mart Arts Ltd My Lips community cultural exchange
ACT Canberra Islamic Centre Inc Eid al Adha Multicultural Festival