The Great Community Feeling


NSW Multiculturalism Minister John Ajaka today announced close to $100,000 in funding for more than 20 events that will bring the community together and celebrate our cultural diversity.

fiji-johnThe Multicultural NSW Celebration Grants provide funding of up to $5,000 for festivals and events that bring communities together, showcase the benefits of cultural diversity and promote social cohesion. “Festivals are moments that bring people together and showcase the harmony that we all cherish,” Mr Ajaka said.

“I am delighted to announce funding to support 20 fantastic festivals and events being held right across our great State. “Importantly, our cultural event calendar is brimming with wonderful events because of the hard work of our community leaders and volunteers who support community harmony.”

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Successful events and festivals funded under this round include:

  • ‘The Big Hello’ initiative run by the Salvation Army to host a ‘Welcome BBQ’ in the top 20 LGAs in NSW resettling Syrian and Iraqi refugees upon their arrival;
  • An Indigenous storytelling project by the Tamworth Regional Youth Centre to showcase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and stories;
  • The Newcastle Unity in Diversity Festival coinciding with National Refugee Week 2017 encouraging the local community to come together and celebrate diversity; and
  • The Africultures Festival highlighting the diversity of many African communities in western Sydney.