The Cairns African Festival, a Bhutanese New Year celebration and the Cairns Greek Festival are among the 165 statewide multicultural events and festivals in 2020 that will share in more than $1.3 million funding through the Queensland Government’s Celebrating Multicultural Queensland program.
Member for Barron River Craig Crawford said Cairns’ diversity was worth celebrating.
“We have a wonderfully diverse community here and these events provide tremendous opportunities to bring us even closer together through improving cross-cultural understanding,” Mr Crawford said.
“I’m certainly looking forward to getting along and celebrating the region’s diversity, which is truly one of our greatest strengths.”
Member for Cairns, Michael Healy, said the Cairns Greek Festival was a highlight on the social calendar.
“It’s fantastic to see thousands of locals join in a celebration of fun, colour and amazing food each year,” Mr Healy said.
“The best part is how it shows a real sense of community togetherness, regardless of what their cultural background might be.”
Multicultural Affairs Minister Stirling Hinchliffe urged all Queenslanders to get along to as many of the events as they could and celebrate the State’s cultural diversity.
“I’m delighted that 165 events in 2020 will receive funding ranging from $3,000 to $20,000 through the Celebrating Multicultural Queensland program, that’s 13 more celebrations for Queenslanders to enjoy than in 2019,” Mr Hinchliffe said.
“Queensland is now home to people from 220 different countries and territories who speak more than 180 languages and identify with over 110 different faiths.
“These cultural events and festivals help to promote greater awareness, connectedness and community participation in a wonderful way.
“Through food, dance, music and traditions, these events give us a better understanding of who we are, and play an important role in helping to build an inclusive, harmonious and united Queensland.”
Cairns organisations to receive grants for 2020 include:
· St John's Community Care Ltd - $10,000 for the Cairns Greek Festival
· Cairns Bhutanese Community Inc. - $5,000 for Maghay Sankranti 2020, and $5,000 for Bhanu Jayanti (Commemoration of the Birth Anniversary of the First Nepali Poet)
· Cairns Indonesian Australian Association Inc. - $7,000 for the Indonesian Festival
· Far North Queensland African Community Association Inc. - $6,000 for Cairns African Festival
· Roman Catholic Trust Corporation for the Diocese of Cairns (Centacare FNQ) - $5,000 for Refugee Week Celebration
· Cairns and District Chinese Association Inc. - $13,000 for Great Barrier Reef Chinese New Year
· Cairns and Region Multicultural Association Inc. - $10,000 for Cairns CARMA Multicultural Festival & Peace Finale
· Cairns Waitangi Committee (auspiced by The Power of Pallets Inc.) - $3,500 for Cairns Waitangi Day.
For more information about the Celebrating Multicultural Queensland program and successful applicants: www.dlgrma.qld.gov.au/cmq-program